One of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences a Christian music artist can have is knowing that a song they have recorded has made a difference in someone’s life, especially when it is a significant difference.
Music artist Anne Wilson knew something about the pain of loss.
According to her website, when her brother was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 23, Wilson sat down at the piano and began using music to help cope and process her loss.
Wilson was only 19 years old at the time of his death.
“It was very difficult to adjust to life without my best friend. It was hard for my mom and dad to process living without their son,” she told Capitol Christian Music Group.
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In those early days of loss, Wilson was just trying to get through the day. She was particularly drawn to Hillsong Worship’s “What A Beautiful Name” and accompanied herself at home on her piano and sang to herself.
Her parents were so blessed by her playing and singing that they asked her to perform it at their brother’s funeral.
After much prayer she agreed to what is usually the most difficult circumstance in which anyone can decide to sing.
What is even more profound is that singing in front of an audience was not a typical activity for her.
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Her only experience of this was occasionally leading services for her youth group at church.
This one event eventually led to Wilson receiving an offer from a Christian music label.
In addition to using music to cope, she also kept a journal, which helped her process her thoughts about her older brother’s death. She found herself using some of the pages from her diary as material to write heartfelt songs.
In what is sure to be an incredible example of God bringing beauty to ashes, Wilson received some moving news at one of their concerts.
“The other day a lady came up to me at the show, she was battling cancer and she was losing all her hair. … She said she was ready to commit suicide and end her life,” Wilson told Christian Headlines. “But she was in the car and she heard ‘My Jesus’ on the radio and she decided to give her life to Jesus and let go of those thoughts. And now she lives free in Jesus—still battling cancer, but knowing she has a purpose and a reason for being here.”
Wilson went on to articulate how the amazing power of God affects life when the music focuses on Him and His Word.
“Music has so much power, especially music that glorifies Jesus. And just thinking back to when I wrote this song and now to see how many lives it impacted, it’s an honor and I’m so grateful,” said Wilson.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.
One Christian ministry that can help grieving hearts find hope and healing is GriefShare.org.
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