Ellie Holcomb Shares How a Current of God’s Love Carries Us Through Deep Waters
By Movieguide® Staff
It’s been nearly 17 months since disaster gripped the world as the COVID-19 virus and shutdowns left many people in isolation. With literal sickness, as well as distress from loneliness and depression, people began looking for inspiration.
Christian musician Ellie Holcomb found in while visiting the Grand Canyon with her husband as COVID-19 cases began to drop. What she saw inspired her latest album, Canyon.
“‘We camped on the Northern Rim, and then we went down into the canyon and rafted on the river; [we] camped on the riverbanks and then rafted out. I will never forget our guide. I don’t think he was necessarily a person of faith, but he was talking about just that that creation declares the glory of God. He was explaining that the canyon walls tell a story. It’s really a story of disaster upon disaster, landslide, mudslide, earthquake, volcano. Then in the midst of this, there’s this huge divide,” Holcomb tells The Christian Post.
“I just thought, ‘Man, what a picture of where our hearts are right now in this season — loss upon loss, then a sense of feeling divided and isolated,'” the singer continues. “I was just like, this feels like crazy timing to be here. We all know that to be human is to be broken. And we all know what it’s like to have our hearts kind of split and break wide open, like a canyon. But there, in the very deepest pit of the canyon, there’s a river running through.”
Holcomb said seeing the canyon reminded her of other natural disasters she witnessed.
“We just had all these floods in Nashville, and as it turns out, water always moves to the lowest place; it will go to the lowest place in your house,” Holcomb says. “As it turns out, there is a current of living water. There is a current of God’s love that runs deeper than our deepest ache or sorrow that will carry us when it feels like we can’t carry on any longer. It will carry us back to a place where we know and can remember that even when we’re broken, we’re beloved, and we have a place where we belong. It’ll carry us to a place where we know that we belong to each other.’”
She wanted to illustrate this in Canyon, which features songs like “Canyon,” “I Don’t Want to Miss It,” “Color,” and “Bridge.”
Of “I Don’t Want to Miss It,” Holcomb says: “I don’t want to miss the songs God sings to quiet me or the songs God sings to show triumphant elation or jubilation in me. I think we’d all be better off if we listened to those songs on full volume with the windows rolled down, because we would remember no matter what we are walking through, we are ultimately and completely and entirely loved and held in every place.”
She continues, “I hope this song will help people breathe in that they are God’s beloved, and breathe out the same love that they are always surrounded by, and I hope this will cause their hearts to leap for joy, maybe they’ll even dance wild and free like a kid who knows that their mom or dad is watching them with broad smiles across their faces as they move to the music. What if we listened better? What if we listened more closely to the songs of love God sings over us? I think it might free us up to live from a place of knowing no matter how high or low we are on any given day, we belong to Love, and I want to be the kind of person who lives out of a place of belonging and beloved-ness.”
Holcomb says she wants her album to encourage people “to allow themselves to grieve in order to experience healing on a deeper level.”
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