One of my very favorite artists is Brooke Fraser. She's the singer/songwriter behind many of Hillsong's songs we often sing, such as:
Lead Me to the Cross
None But Jesus
I Will Exalt You
At the Cross
She also does her own thing independently of Hillsong and came out with an amazing album this fall named Flags. Since Christians have the Creator of the universe living inside us, don't you think we should also have the most inspired & creative music? This album has both.
The title track from the album has been on constant repeat for me over these last few months. Flags breaks your heart but also encourages with hope. It's a continuation of a song on her previous album called Albertine, which was written after a trip to Rwanda. In Albertine she has a statement that resonates for anyone who has witnessed injustice:
Now that I have seen, I am responsible. Faith without deeds is dead.
So in writing Flags as a follow-up song she says: Why are things the way they are? Why do bad things happen to good people and undeserving people? Flags is my answer to that and my answer is I don't know.
I don't know why a good man will fall while the wicked one stands.
I don't know why the innocents fall while the monsters still stand.
I don't know why the little ones thirst.
But then she concludes the song with what gives us peace and perseverance and assurance that one day things will be set back to good in the midst of having no idea why certain evils happen. This is what we cling to.
You who mourn will be comforted
You who hunger will hunger no more
All the last shall be first
Of this I am sure.
I love the honesty, humility, truth and passion in this song.
Flags - Brooke Fraser
Ok, so now if you're in somber mood and want to be in a happy one, here is another one of my most favorite songs; possibly my very favorite. It's a song about loving someone, but it's not "lovesongy." It's so catchy. I promise you'll be in a good mood after this. If you have kids, you'll want to put this on and dance around the kitchen with them.
Something in the Water - Brooke Fraser
Last but not least, if you want to help those who can't get a basic life-sustaining need filled, such as clean water, please consider donating to the following cause. Through what God has provided us, we can put action to our faith and be a blessing & answer to an immediate demand of those much less fortunate in this life.
Brooke's 27th Birthday - Charity Water