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Friday, August 12, 2011

All Things New
re: creation

by Steven Curtis Chapman

There's something about the passage of time that makes treasured experiences become even more precious. Scriptures that have always had personal impact become cherished lifelines in times of trial. In the past few years, Steven Curtis Chapman has learned a lot about time and its ability to heal, restore and shift perspective. For Steven, viewing the world through a different lens has led to a new season of creativity that finds the veteran singer/songwriter both penning new songs and taking a fresh look at some that have been longtime companions.

On Steven's 17th album, re:creation, he serves up six new songs, including the debut hit single, "Do Everything" and breathes new life into some of his most memorable and popular songs with re-imagined approaches and all new recordings.

More than 3 years have passed since the Chapmans' horrific loss when on May 21, 2008 Steven's youngest daughter, Maria, was killed in a tragic accident. Since then Steven has sensed people waiting to see how he and his family were faring in the wake of the tragedy and what the next step in his musical evolution would be.

"I felt like this was an opportunity for me to tell people that my family and I really do feel like God is recreating some things in us. Last year was so hard with Mary Beth writing her book and our family doing the tour. It was our year to say, 'okay we're going to stand on faith and hold onto each other.' That's when the full force of the pain started to hit us. But now, in 2011, by God's grace we really have the sense we are beginning to see the sunrise. As the song says, 'joy is coming in the morning!' We feel like morning is really starting to break for us and we're beginning to sense there is new life starting to sprout. The real morning is still yet to come when we finally get to see Maria again in heaven, but as a family and individually we're beginning to feel like there's oxygen coming back into our lungs. My wife talks about it in terms of being in a forest for the last several years; in a very dense, dark forest. It's only been recently that we started to feel like God is standing on the edge of that forest saying, 'I want to bring you out of the forest, and your daughter is ahead of you. She's a greater part of your future than she is of your past. And I'm leading you out, I'm leading you into this new place.' It's a new beginning for us and I really felt like I wanted to say that."

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