Dawning the Hour of Power stage last Easter, Marla Kavanaugh graced us with her operatic vocals a beautiful rendition of “Because He Lives,” accompanied by Dr. Marc Riley and the Hour of Power Orchestra. While this song perfect compliments the Easter season, it can be encouraging all year round. It was written by Gloria and William J. Gather in 1971, during a time of societal distress, when negative headlines of assassination and war clogged the media and the minds of all who read them. During this time, Gloria and William were expecting their third child. It was because of this miracle they were able to clear a path within their troubled minds to write the clarifying lyrics:
How sweet to hold our newborn baby,
And feel the pride, and joy he gives;
But greater still the calm assurance,
This child can face uncertain day because He lives
The assurance that God is present in troubled times is essential to get through hardships. Together, Gloria and Bill Gaither were able to accentuate the light at the end of the tunnel that will be offered by God after undergoing an especially painful period.
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!
These enlightening words encapsulate the magnificence of the Resurrection and the hope that came from it … the hope that changed everything. To fulfill our destiny, we must overcome seemingly impossible obstacles. But life is truly worth the living, just because He lives!