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Play It Forward!
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This song was inspired by the refugees stuck in Bosnia this winter, living under dangerously poor conditions and trying to get to safety in the EU. They are the "angels in the snow." Only a handful of underfunded organizations are currently helping in Bosnia, particularly in the camps that are not officially recognized. The money raised here will go to one of those groups, Croatian Baptist Aid, through the focus:refugees project.
I wanted to write a Christmas song about looking outside of ourselves and helping others—not to flatter our own egos, but to participate in building the Kingdom of Heaven. You’ll hear that this song is sung to God. I believe that every person is made in the image of God—including the poor, the homeless, and the refugee (of which Jesus Christ was all three)—and when we serve others, we see God express Himself and His love in a new way. We learn, and we are humbled in the process.
I hope that this song encourages you to find a new way to join in God’s song of sacrificial love this Christmas season.
“"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!'”
Matthew 25:34-40 NLT
Cover Art by Emily Niehoff
Song written and performed by Olivia Haynes
Guitar, backing vocal and recording by Phil Conrad