As I do every year, I watched Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has become a personal tradition; I’m like a kid watching it… I also love watching my daughter as she is wowed by all the floats and music. However, this year was a little different. I couldn’t help but feel a little disturbed this year knowing that right down the road, around the corner really, from the Macy’s parade, people are struggling to be thankful, fighting to keep hope alive, there is devastation, flooded homes, leveled homes, small businesses going in the hole, families who couldn’t afford insurance wondering where or how they’re going to live and survive. The hurt they feel is more real than any holiday gift we’ll invest in this season.
If we want to find something worth investing in, it’s people… people who are scared out of their minds, praying for the fist time maybe in a long time, people who don’t know how they’re going to even be able to celebrate this Christmas. That’s real. That’s opportunity… opportunity for us to take action… opportunity to love people we don’t even know. We could be the answer to their silent prayers.
I received an email recently from a girl who lives in New Jersey….
You probably get messages or hear things like this all the time, but I just wanted tell you how much of an impact your music has had. This is about your song “I’m Still Standing”.
When you initially posted the YouTube video for it, I thought it was great, but now, a few weeks later it’s as if I have just heard it for the first time! You have probably heard about the damage from Hurricane Sandy, well, I live in New Jersey and our house was severely damaged by the storm, having 8 to 9 feet of water throughout the house, we lost everything in our basement, washer, dryer, furnace, etc. and many things on our first floor as well. We are slowly beginning the process of cleaning up and repairing as we have to have all the walls and subfloors removed and replaced, in addition to having the electric re-wired. Between cleaning up and dealing with the lack of what insurance is willing to cover, the past three weeks have been so completely exhausting and unreal. Then this morning as I was watching your video again and tears began to fill my eye, it hit me…. “Even when the flood comes rushing in, Even when there’s nothing left to give, I’m still standing”… it could not have come at a better time! I know how I interpreted the song may not be the same idea you had written it with, but thank you so much for making the song! With everything that happened the night of the storm (the water broke in our back door, causing the house to instantly fill with 6 feet of water and us to have to walk down our street through 4 ½ feet of water to evacuate as transformers were exploding left and right and the water was filled with gas from the gas leaking out of the cars that were being flooded) and everything that has happened since… God was watching over us…so much worse could have happened, but WE’RE STILL STANDING! And, I have Love from and hope in God no matter what we have gone through and no matter what we will face these next few months.
Thank you again so much…I honestly don’t think any amount of words can ever fully explain the way God has used your song to speak to me! Thanks for doing what you do!
After receiving this email, I felt like I needed to do something. Praying for people is GREAT, but when opportunity presents itself and the resources are available… we have to do more than just sit back and pray.
Here’s the CHALLENGE… from now through the month of December… 100% of all the proceeds from every ’Coming Alive’ EP ($5) downloaded from my website will go directly to the New York Dream Center, an organization that is actively involved in helping rebuild the lives of those affected by Hurricane Sandy, in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY.
Please don’t read this and do what I do a lot of times… which is pray, and think, “surely they’ll get the help they need”. I’m simply asking that you buy music for your enjoyment, for a measly $5, and, like the music or not, have the piece of mind to know that you made an investment, not just in something, but, in a life.
I’ll be flying to NYC in less than 2 weeks to help with the recovery efforts. I will do my best to continue in giving you as much information as I can provide you.
NOW… YOUR JOB? Download the EP from www.ChrisLockwoodMusic.com, and SPREAD THE WORD through email, twitter, Facebook, texting. This is important… God Bless You!!!
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