Song of the Day: Jason Gray

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Here’s a song from Jason’s record All The Lovely Losers (available in the Rabbit Room store).  He co-wrote it with one of my favorites, PFR’s Joel Hanson, and those of you familiar with PFR will probably recognize Joel’s influence on this one.  That God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness is a big theme in Jason’s thinking and his music, and this song presents it well.

BLESSED BE
Words & Music: JG & Joel Hanson

Matt 5:1-16
There seems to be a special blessing available only to the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, or in a word: the losers. It’s a shame that most times we are deathly afraid of becoming the kind of person Jesus described as eligible for this blessing.

Losers
All the lovely losers
Who never thought you’d hear your name
Oustide
Always on the outside
Empty at the wishing well
But time will tell

Blessed be
The ones who know that they are weak
They shall see
The Kingdom come to the broken ones
Blessed be

Thirsty
Like you’re drinking from a salt sea
But one day you’ll be satisfied
Hungry
For the taste of mercy
If only you could have your fill
One day you will

Blessed be
The ones who know that they are weak
They shall see
The Kingdom come to the broken ones
Blessed be

Not for the strong, the beautiful, the brave
Not for the ones who think they’ve got it made
It’s for the poor, the broken, and the meek
It’s for the ones who look a lot like you and me

Blessed be
The ones who know that they are weak
They shall see
The Kingdom come to the broken ones
Blessed be

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As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


12 Comments

  1. Molly

    Wow! As usual, my spirit is encouraged … my budget, well, that’s another story. These songs of the day whet my appetite for whole albums.

    Thanks, Mr. Proprietor! MK 🙂

  2. Bret Welstead

    We had a soloist sing this song at our church as we kicked off a message series on the Beatitudes. I love how the opening lines perk up the ears of the listener: “Losers… all the lovely losers…”

    Jason’s got amazing talent when it comes to crafting the hooks. The chorus of this song is one of my favorite moments on this album.

    Great music, Jason! Great choice, AP!

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    Jason Gray

    @jasongray

    This was the last song written for the indie version of this record, and it’s also probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever been a part of. Joel and I write together a lot, but this remains our best collaboration. It came together in about three hours! It always feels like a gift and has turned out to be the most versatile song in my repertoire.

    I had a group of songs for the record that explored the virtues of weakness and brokenness but I felt like I needed one more that felt really light and optimistic – an up little song about brokenness :- ). I had recently read Frederick Buechner’s reflections about the beatitudes and I suggested we write about that. Joel played me a guitar line he’d been tinkering with and I threw out the line “losers, all the lovely losers” and the song almost wrote itself from there. (For those who are interested in this sort of thing, that opening line was me trying to tap into my inner Terry Taylor – frontman for the Lost Dogs, Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies, etc. He wrote an amazing song called “Banquet At The World’s End” and I had him in mind when I came up with that lyric.). Of course you can hear Joel’s distinctive melodic and lyrical sensibilities. He’s one of the best writer’s I know. He’s really good about avoiding overly clever lyrics in favor of a simple lyric that cuts to the heart. I’m always learning from him and still have to pinch myself whenever we get to work together.

    I think we’re accustomed to thinking that God is looking for super-disciples with a John Wayne-like swagger and confidence. We’re obsessed with competence and qualifications. “Am I righteous, flawless, strong enough to do something great for God’s Kingdom?” we ask. But I wonder if the right question is rather, “am I weak enough, small enough for God to do something great through my life?” I meet people all the time who are afraid that because of their weaknesses, inabilities, and even failures they are somehow disqualified from service, but the God who says that it’s in our weakness that his strength is revealed loves to take our foibles and recast them as our qualifications, so that in the end it is the least likely, the weak, the foolish things that God uses to confound not only the mighty and wise, but also us who feel least likely and weakest.

    We see the great sense of humor that God has as it all plays out like a grand joke – not a mean-spirited laugh at our expense, but a holy kind of joke that is our salvation. It’s the high and holy humor of God’s grace in our lives, a joke that we get to participate in and laugh together with God, sharing it with Him as the inside joke of his redeeming work in our lives. Admit it: God taking a guy with a speech handicap and putting him up in front of a mic every night is funny stuff.

    Blessed are the strong, the beautiful, the rich, the winners. This is what the world says in it’s grim survival of the fittest mentality. Then Jesus comes along and says something so beautiful, radical and contrary to our every instinct that 2000 years later we still find it hard to wrap our heads and hearts around it. Blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, those who mourn, the ones who hunger and thirst for righteousness – perhaps because they have little of their own righteousness to fall back on, blessed are the merciful – those who look in the mirror and see how much mercy they need and so are inclined to give it to others. Blessed are the losers.

  4. Paul Holderman

    So good was this song to me today, that I went and bought the album download.. thanks for introducing me

  5. Rick Mounce

    This is one of those rare CDs that I never tire listening to. It’s full of depth and always encouraging… each song building on the other. I continually come across pithy little phrases I missed previously which cause my “favorites” to keep changing (guess I’d get more out of it if I actually READ the lyric insert). I’ve bought this CD for each of my friends (well, the inner circle anyway). I knew that if I lent it out I’d never get it back!

  6. Nate

    Jason this is a really cool song. Another song about the beatitudes I like is Rich Mullins’ I Will Sing, which goes into a completely different direction.

    Thanks for pointing out that Christ is not a Darwinist. Darwinism so permeates our thinking in these days. Its tragic that the modern American Christian’s worldview is shaped by such a secular and satanist idea. Thanks for striking against Darwinism and for the Kingdom.

    – Nate

  7. janie

    When I listen to your CD I have to listen to this one at least 3 times in a row, it touches me that much.

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