Friday evening, the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ will give a very special word for the church and the nation entitled, “Black America is Hurting: I Won’t Be Silent Anymore” Bishop Blake says our pain can no longer be suppressed therefore silence is now broken.
BET Network kicked off their “Saving Our Selves: BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” special with Kirk Franklin featuring Kelly Price, Fantasia, Jonathan McReynolds, Tyrese, Le’Andria Johnson, and Melvin Crispell III with a remix of his hit song “Smile.” It’s going to make you smile… maybe even shout… and run!
Nothing beats a good gospel song when the going gets rough. For centuries, songs like “Amazing Grace” and “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” have proven their utility for getting music fans over the rough side of the mountain. So as we combat both the realities of a global pandemic and a media barrage that sometimes seems as unrelenting as the novel coronavirus itself, music is a balm, and no song brings more comfort that CeCe Winans’ epic “Alabaster Box.” (Source:Michael P Coleman/Michael’s Mind’s Eye)
Written by Janice Sjostrand, “Alabaster Box” details a profound moment of worship. The songwriter declared “Don’t be angry if I wash His feet with my tears and dry them with my hair / You weren’t there the night Jesus found me / You didn’t feel what I felt when He wrapped his loving arms around me / And you don’t know the cost of the oil in my alabaster box.”
Independent of your personal religious beliefs, there’s something powerful about hearing anyone speak their truth as earnestly as Winans does. As it turns out, “Alabaster Box” had quite an impact on the gospel music legend when she heard it for the first time.
“What a song,” Winans declared during a phone chat from her home in Nashville. “I was on tour years ago, and someone gave me a cassette tape and said it had a song on it that I needed to hear. I got into my bunk on the tour bus that night, and I put the song on, and a girl was singing ‘Alabaster Box’, all the way stripped down. I wept, and I wept, and I wept.”
Winans told me that she knew she had to record the song, but the time had to be right.
“I held that song for a few years, because it just had to be the right CD, the right time,” Winans continued. “It describes the meaning and the power of worship. There’s an anointing on that song!”
Look around and you’ll quickly see that our world is filled with instability and uncertainty. Every day seems to bring with it another disheartening news headline or unanswered question. In the midst of life’s struggles, how do we hold onto hope? (YouVersion.com)
“Fix Your Eyes On Jesus”
YouVersion writes, “God promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. As we seek His heart, we find hope for our souls and strength to face whatever is in front of us. Our situation may not change, but when we spend time in God’s Word, our perspective shifts.”
Try one of their reading plans about anxiety to find comfort and His peace during these trying times HERE–>YouVersion.com