Song Stories: Come Like A Fire


Come like a fire
Come light the way
Come light our fire
Come burn in me again

Come let your love take hold
Your fire burning not my own
Come like a fire
Come light the way

Come like a fire
The fire we hide
Come light our fire
Don't keep it inside

God we want you
God we need you
Lord we hear your name

God we want
God we need you (we cry out for you)
Oh Emmanuel

Consume me like a flame
I'll pursue you all my days
King Jesus I concede
That you are everything

This light of mine
I will let it shine

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
‭‭John‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A few years ago the movie Selma premiered. The film artistically documented Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s profound march and campaign to secure equal voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. If you haven't seen it, I strongly urge you to. It's incredible to see what has changed, while also seeing what continues to plague our nation thanks to Social Media. With Social Media we have instant access to all of the horrific manifestations of racism in our world--having instant access to watch black people being killed harkens back all too similarly to our country's past.  I remember the final credits rolling and sitting directly behind an African-American couple that could have been my Grandparents. Each of us sat in silence for mere moments, but felt like an eternity. The weight of the world felt as if it had just come crashing down on my shoulders and I did not know how to process what I was feeling. Sarah and I didn't speak until we got in our car and began our drive back to Annapolis. I lost all control and had to pull over, completely overwhelmed with emotion.

The world we live in has become increasingly more and more focused on the social injustices and atrocities that are occurring on a global scale. Most notably for someone like myself:

I'm watching my Facebook feed, the news, and all Social Media, seeing people being murdered that look like me.

Come Like a Fire became a direct representation of that holiness I felt so much in the churches I attended as a child. There was something incredibly spiritual around a community gathering every Sunday morning, taking a moment to give thanks, and celebrating the safety, and sanctity they found within their community. I remember attending revivals and that incredible knowledge that there was something moving within the spirit of those around me. My favorite hymn from childhood was 'This Little Light of Mine.' And how eloquently did it speak to our world right now. 

Sarah and I have spent countless hours listening to a number of Podcasts by The Liturgists. Last year, they gave perhaps the most poignant conversation I've heard in years. Take a moment to listen here

The conversation of racism and social injustice within America is not over. It's barely begun.

Song Stories: Into The Wilderness


Lions and lambs
Doubters and grieved
We stole the heart of the King
Liars and thieves
Cowards and kings
We stole the heart of the King.

But faith is the darkness where you dwell

Wicked and bare
Grace and despair
These words are on the heart of the King
Rejection and shame
Hatred and fame
These words are on the heart of the King

But I didn't know you were the King

Sing to me a melody
Of reckoning praise
Of glory and grace

But I didn't know you were the King 


When we began this project, I was undoubtedly battling mental health issues. There was an overwhelming feeling of guilt and brokenness that frankly, never truly went away. I knew the majority of that was likely self-inflicted, but could never understand why the feelings were so intense. I spent the better part of a year in and out of therapy, on different meds and ultimately learned that this feeling was not something I was completely alone in. 

Into The Wilderness became one of the first songs I wrote on this record. I myself needed a daily reminder, a mantra, that despite my short-comings, I was not alone. 

"All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God."
(Romans 3:23)

I still question the purpose of religion vs. relationship with God, it's sparked many a controversy in our household. Religion is something that we as human beings have influence over, and have ultimately corrupted through misinterpretation and religious zealot constructs. Relationship by it's very nature is personal and defined by self first and foremost. I choose this for my own natural focus and needs. Through my time of doubt, I've learned that I am a follower of Jesus Christ...and that's as far as the conversation needs to go. In an inquisitive world, standing for something, anything, is sometimes all that we have. With as much love and respect I can give, I honor those around me that do not believe as I do. 

Ultimately, I've found hope in taking a deeper understanding of my relationship with God, religion and faith. I don't know that I'll ever feel completely free from that broken bondage, but I know there will always be someone ready, willing, and able to bear that cross. 

- Mychael