“Remind Me Who I Am” – Jason Gray
It’s no secret, I love music!! Those who know me well also know that I’m really bad at remembering details about new songs I’ve heard. While I easily recall hooks and lyrics, I readily forget titles and artists. When I do get a secure hold on a new song, I often listen to it until I’ve worn it out for a while–not that there’s anything wrong with that! In spite of my love of music, I often find it difficult to set aside time and space to focus on just listening, enjoying, and losing myself like I used to. Some days, it almost feels like not getting enough air to sustain me.
In light of this, I am launching “A Song for Sunday”. These will be songs might be old friends that I’ve loved for a long time, or new ones that have caught my attention. My main goal will be to share songs that really move me, that push aside the distracting stream of everyday thoughts, that grab me and make an impression on me. I don’t pretend to have refined taste, or profound opinions, or to be on the cutting edge of discovering new music. I simply hope you will enjoy reading and listening, and that some of you might respond with your reactions.
“Remind Me Who I Am” by Jason Gray is a song that has helped sustain me through at least the last year. Thinking back, there have been times in my life when I really did almost lose sight of who I was and what I stood for. This happens to so many of us on our human journey! Some days, I still need to be reminded who I am. I’ve reached the point where I am now through the grace and goodness of God, who loves me always, in spite of my failings! My favourite time to listen to this tune is while I’m driving, so I can crank up the volume and sing along. If I happen to cry (again) while listening, even if it might be the 100th time I’ve played it, so be it. There’s no one to care except the birds along the country roads. This song gets right into me and drags up all the worries, pressures and stresses I’ve been holding back, sometimes without my even being aware of them. Once they show themselves, I can look them over, then decide to hold onto them, or throw them to the wind for a while. Afterwards, I always feel more positive and capable, like I’ve cleared some of the clutter in my heart and in my head. It’s a reminder that amidst all the worries and insecurities, I am a child of God, created just the way he wanted, even if I don’t always see myself that way. This song brings me to a place of peace, where I can feel a bit more settled, even if just for a little while.
“I’m the one you love, that will be enough.” What a great reminder to carry around with me, on the days when I need it most. This is what music is supposed to do–to get into those places in ourselves where other things can’t reach.