How blessed am I to work in an environment where Christian music is not only allowed but encouraged and played often?! Very blessed, actually, and I realize it and certainly do not take it for granted.
My office is inside of a funeral home. When I say that, a lot of times people will cringe. But, I have the opportunity to help people in their most difficult days. While I mainly handle things on the cemetery side, I also fill in on the funeral home side assisting families as well. Just this past Friday, I stayed late to make a DVD for a funeral they were having Sunday afternoon. The family provided me with 61 pictures to scan in to make a video to be played at the service. There is a lot that goes into making this life tribute for their loved ones, and one portion is the music selection. Immediately, my mind shifted to The Garden, by Kari Jobe.
Earlier in the week, I was gifted with a brightly colored CD, with an array of flowers on the cover with a just-as-equally-beautiful young lady right in the center of them. Anxiously, I peeled back the clear plastic wrap and plopped this CD into my computer to give it a listen.
Kari Jobe’s voice floated through the air, as if you could visually see musical notes flowing from my computer speakers filling the entire atmosphere in the room. What I noticed was the affect this music almost instantaneously had on me. Moments before I could feel my muscles tense up from the demands of ringing phones on three different lines all waiting to be answered at once, and constant interruptions of people in and out of the office during the mist of all of that. Yet, that all seemed a distant memory when I began to listen to the words of the songs. Even with the other distractions pulling on me once more, I remained at peace, no longer bothered unlike moments before.
When Heal Our Land began to play, I couldn’t help but think of the state of chaos surrounding and following the election. If ever we needed healing in our land, it is now. This world’s gone crazy, it seems, but I know a Man able to right all the wrongs in this world and heal our land. That thought went hand in hand with Miracles, also on this CD.
As different thoughts floated in and out of my mind, peace and tranquility swept in and filled the cup that was depleted and lacking before. By the end of this 14 song CD, my cup truly runneth over with God’s goodness, mercy, and love.
The last song on this CD is On The Throne, and I know without a doubt that my God is on the throne today.
Little did I realize at the time I was listening to this CD that this came about due to personal suffering and loss amidst what was suppose to be a happy time in her life. You see, Kari and her sister were both pregnant at the same time, yet her sister had a stillbirth at seven and a half months. I cannot imagine the devastation and heartbreak their entire family felt. However, Kari sought God for comfort and found hope throughout this ordeal. Thus, The Garden was born.
Whether you’ve been a fan of Kari Jobe for a while now, or if her name is brand new to you, I am certain that you will enjoy this uplifting, praise filled CD. We’d love to share it with you! This CD was just released Friday, February 3, 2017! Please participate in our giveaway below, as one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Garden!
Kari Jobe “The Garden” CD Contest
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