A new album from Catholic singer/songwriter Audrey Assad releases tomorrow, February 23. I’ve been listening to Evergreen for the past few weeks, and I’m convinced that its early-Lent timing is perfect. The proof is in the lyrics of each of the twelve tracks:
- God on a cross—who would have thought it? (“Evergreen”)
You’re my delivererYou won’t pass me by. (“Deliverer”)
In the kingdom of the heavens no suffering is unknownEach tear that falls is holy, each breaking heart a throneThere is a psalm of beauty in every weeping eyeFor there is One who knows me.His heart, it breaks with mine. (“Little Things with Great Love”)
Sorrow may linger and last for the night but I am never alone. (“The Joy of the Lord”)
Seek good, not evilFollow the Lord and live (“River”)
- How do I grieve what I can’t let go? (“Unfolding”)
- I feel so alone in the silence. (“Teresa”)
All the way my Savior leads meTo peace that is past understanding (“Irrational Season”)
God of heaven in flesh and boneBy your wounds we shall be healed (“Wounded Healer”)
You have loved me well in a million waysBut my wounds are all I know (“When I See You”)
I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace.Not at the crown He gives mebut on His pierced hand (“Immanuel’s Land”)
After everything I’ve hadAfter everything I’ve lostLord, I know this much is trueI’m still drawn to you. (“Drawn to You”)
Evergreen is Audrey Assad’s first full original album in four years; she’s released other joint albums during that time, but I particularly enjoy her solo work. The heartache evident in this album is directly related to her faith journey. Assad commented,
Even in my mid-thirties now, after having been Catholic for ten years, the residue of fundamentalism remains. I live in a slow, constant process now of encountering the vestiges of fundamentalist thinking as they present themselves, assessing them, and putting them to the side if I am done with them.
Here’s a taste of this album — the final track, “Drawn to You,” co-written with Matt Maher.
Evergreen is available for preorder on Amazon and iTunes.
Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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