Written with Elise Ha (in italics)
Brittany, Morbihan. August 2019
Brittany is also this: the sea, the seagulls everywhere...
For every 60,000 people, one church. But in cafes and chapels Christ’s light will shine, as songs in the darkness;
in Lorient, Vannes, Concarneau and Cléguérec….
After praying the first day…we wrote a song about a Fisherman and the Samaritan.
24 people including 11 musicians, through OM, gathered this summer to write and perform songs; writing in the musical language of people’s hearts, learning the sounds and culture, praying for the themes…
The second day it was the seagull. We were out in the sun, and a real seagull was walking beside us….
Without many hours to write, they brought their fragility and nervousness to God’s power. And songs were written! One song was written by French singer Elise and Texan musician J.
The time was very very short to write it, just 2 hours!
There is no doubt that God was with us and protected us through everything. It is thanks to Him that we could compose our songs.... Glory to God!
The musicians were thinking about the chords, while Elise wrote the words. She found the melody thanks to guitar chords and violin notes for the verses. They wrote in French and English, singing one part each; because here, in France, people like those who speak in English. And that did not fail. The public liked to hear him sing!
So in His strength and not their own, this song was composed and sung to glorify God in concerts, showing His love and sharing the gospel.
People love this song even if they do not understand the meaning right away. They also like our attitude. We tried to adapt…to use a theme that speaks to them. We are always asked at the end where this idea comes from...
A man invited us into his home after (one) concert. I was really touched, especially because we had learnt earlier that the people in Brittany take a bit of time to open up to others. Ever since, it has been on my heart to pray for him and his son.
Here are the song lyrics:
This song speaks of salvation in Christ. Oil is sin. The Savior is Jesus who cleans us of our sins,
and we can fly free like this seagull…
Elise still sings this song today in her concerts in Paris with her band EsperanCiel: www.esperanciel.fr
To learn more about ways to serve in these type of art outreaches with OM arts, go to https://omarts.org