Written by: Kelly Meade (6/10/2016)
Jason Gray has made a name for himself as a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. The release of Where The Light Gets In marks his 7th album and with it he brings songs of joy, pain, grace & hope that speak to a vast audience of music listeners.
The opening track, “Learning”, reiterates the importance of perseverance in life, accepting that when we fail at something, there is always a lesson to learn and a reason to keep trying knowing that God is on our side.
“Sparrows” reminds us of the promise found in Matthew 6:25-34. God provides and cares for everything He created, even the birds in the air & flowers in the fields. We all must remember that we don’t have to worry so much about having “enough” or what the future holds because He will see that we have exactly what we need.
“Resurrection” is a message of keeping faith alive and trusting that even when our spirits are crushed & dreams are dashed, it is through God’s grace we’re given hope & a chance to rise above circumstance and keep pressing onward.
“More Yours” highlights the struggle so many of us face as we fight to keep a hold on our life and do things our way, even after we say we’ve given our lives to God. Realizing that surrendering to Him fully leaves us open & vulnerable to heartbreak and loss, He promises to never let us face it alone if we trust in Him.
One of the more poignant songs on the album, “Death Without A Funeral”, tells the story of someone who has suffered a tremendous heartbreak that leaves them feeling numb & like part of them has died. Though the overall tone is somber, the lyrics recognize that through grieving this broken relationship, there is still hope for healing. With so many songs in Christian music focusing on joy & happiness, it can sometimes feel like we’re not allowed to hurt. The raw, honest words found in this song remind us that we as Christians are all human beings not immune to pain, however it is important to not lose hope that it will get better.
A personal favorite of mine, “Glow In The Dark”, serves to remind us that no matter where or how broken we are, God’s love can still shine through us as we continue to look to Him as our Reason for hope & acknowledge Him with how we live.
“Thank You For Everything” closes the album with a song of grateful praise for all that God has created and for the work He does in our lives leading us to where we’re meant to be.
Where The Light Gets In features a collection of incredibly well-written songs not only for worship on Sundays, but for day to day life with the recurring theme of turning our brokenness into something beautiful and new on the path to healing. As we face the storms of this world, with faith as our anchor, we can have hope that through it all God is with us & He will be our guide if we place our trust in Him.