I first heard of the Enspire Art Contest on September First, so I decided to create something. I wasn’t sure what to write at first. Fortunately, my father taught me how to glean from the scriptures. So I did a bible study in Ephesians 6:10-20, and this is what I came up with.
The verse that jumped off of the page at me was Ephesians 6:16 where it says “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
“Above All.” The words on the page told me where the song should start. So, I decided to begin with Faith.
In Revelation 3 Jesus said to the church in Laodidea, to buy gold tried in fire. And we see in 1 Peter 1:7 “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” In meditating on those scriptures, I came up with the line, “Under siege my faith is purified.”
From there, I decided to take an abstract approach and talk about each article listed in Ephesians 6.
It was obvious to me that I needed to focus on Ephesians 6:14-15 in the chorus, since I would be naked without them, so I did just that. The most beautiful way I could see to accomplish that was to simply preach the Gospel in a single sentence. “He wraps me in his righteousness and protects me in the truth, that I have power over sin and death because Jesus Christ was bruised.”
Instead of using the words, “Helmet of Salvation,” I borrowed another way that God describes how he renews the mind and wrote, “ Holy spirit, like a crown of life, fall on me.” I then describe what the Bible says happens when you are filled with the spirit, how he revives you with the word.
As seems to be ordinary for my creative process, when I spoke to the lyrics, I sang them. So the melody of the song was hardwired into the writing process from the very beginning. It had a very peaceful sound to it as I was playing it over and over again, trying to find the lyrics that went along with the melody. Ironic to me, because it literally felt like the calm before the storm, Hurricane Florence was just off the coast when I was putting the final touches on it. So I named it Windchimes.
Written and performed by Andrew Breslin.
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