What do we do with death, growing old, and saying goodbye?
In my EP “Into the Light” I explore these things. Below are brief descriptions of the heart behind each song. (listen at noisetrade.com/joellemaire)
In the End: When I was in university I would visit a nursing home regularly. While I was young, in prime years of life, entering that world gave me eyes to see beyond it. I saw people close to and waiting for death. The sadness of where many of the people I met found themselves as they neared the end of their journey on earth got me thinking and wondering, where is there hope for them? This song is mostly an entering into their world with a final word regarding hope.
With You: Many people I’ve met are terrified to get old. Some cry for a week when they reach twenty-five. Twenty-five! That’s still a young, strong age. It’s sad when such lively years are lost in sorrow instead of celebration because of the fear of getting old. I first noticed this tendency when I was in high school and so I committed to be excited about each year of my life. Embrace the process and journey of life on earth. Embrace what I cannot change, and celebrate it instead of mourn it. There are things to mourn, but not your age. Age is a beautiful thing. In this song I present what I believe Jesus is saying as a comfort to those afraid of growing old, of walking the whole journey.
When You Wake: Death is a mysterious thing. And with mystery comes fear, at least for most. What’s going to happen? Will I be safe? Will I be alone? Will I be saved? Will I be judged? What will I see? What will it be like? So many unanswered questions. So where can we as humans with our limited understanding find peace? Most think of death as a falling into darkness, but in my spiritual journey I’ve come to a different understanding – a stepping into light. In this song Jesus shares his perspective on death and he expresses his invitation to humanity.
Hope For: Over the course of my life I’ve had to let go of a lot of people for varying reasons. It’s painful, as I’m sure many who read this fully understand. We meet people, grow close to them, and then we have to say goodbye. Whether it’s traveling, moving to a new place, finding a new job, finishing school, a death…letting go is a big part of our lives on earth. In the midst of a particularly difficult time of letting go I wrote this song. Here I express what hope I have in the letting go and continuing the journey of faith I am on with that person absent or far away.
To You: This song simply is a prayer. It’s an expression of my thankfulness to God, and to Jesus, for what he’s done for me. It’s personal and it’s honest. It reveals aspects of my relationship with God that are important to me, not in detail, but in simple phrases. Each line represents very real and powerful parts of my story, things I’ve experienced along my life journey, and the promises God has given me.
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