Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Amazing Song- "No Greater Love" by Steven Curtis Chapman

I just discovered this amazing song yesterday. It has such a great message. Out of all the songs I have posted so far on my blog, this is definitely the one that I want ya'll to see the most. It just touched my heart. Here is the note from the person who posted this video on youtube:

"Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian, the crew of N5156H, flew to Ecuador to take the gospel to the Waodani people. When they were killed, Elisabeth Elliot (Jim's widow) went back and led them to the Lord.

Steven Curtis Chapman wrote this song as a tribute to these events, and the man chanting at the end was responsible for the deaths of two of the men of the mission team. Proof that God's grace is more powerful than any sin!"

and here is a note from Steven Curtis Chapman about his song:

""Through Gates of Splendor by Elizabeth Elliot is a book that really impacted me and challenges me in any ways. It’s the story of Jim Elliott and Nate Saint and the five missionaries who went to Ecuador in the fifties and were martyred by the tribe known at the time as the Acuas. In the process of writing ‘No Greater Love’ some things happened that resurfaced this story again in my life. I found Steve Saint on the internet. He is the son of slain missionary Nate Saint. I found that he was writing some stories about working with the Waodanis (pronounced woo-donnie), the people who were formerly known as the Acuas. I discovered he was in America with a member of the Waodani tribe named Mincay (pronounced men-kai). Mincay is one of the six men who killed his father, Nate Saint. He was here in America speaking in his native tongue about the redeeming power of forgiveness and God’s love and God’s grace. I thought this is too good to be true. I couldn’t believe this was really happening. Steve Saint and Mincay came to my studio and he sang for me of God’s forgiveness and God’s mercy and God’s grace and of his journey of coming to know the maker and becoming a God follower. I had this idea and dream of actually having Mincay sing with me on this album. That dream became a reality. God let that happen. It’s an amazing thing. You hear him chanting at the end of 'No Greater Love.'"

Amazing, isn't it? I love the power of the music and the lyrics. At first, I didn't know what the chanting at the end was all about, so I looked into it further and found out that one of the very men who had killed these missionaries, Mincay, is the person who chants at the end. The translation is in the video.

A quick note, be sure to switch off the playlist on the right before watching this video. I just made that mistake *sheepish grin*

No Greater Love
by Steven Curtis Chapman

Men of courage with your message of peace
What is that look in your eyes?
Why have you come to this faraway place?
What is this story you would lay down your live to tell?
What kind of love can this be?

There is no greater love than this
There is no greater gift that can ever be given
To be willing to die so another might live
There is no greater love than this

Broken hearted from all you have lost
How can you sing through your tears?
What is this music that can bear such a cost?
What is this fire that grows stronger against the wind?
What kind of flame can this be?


This is the love God showed the world
When he gave us His Son
So we can know his love forever
Beyond the Gates of Splendor


God Bless,


Anonymous said...

cool song! your blog is soo nice, I love it! I know I say this a lot, but keep up the amazing work.

God's Soldier said...

Great song.
This is a little off topic, but I am pretty sure there is movie about that story.

~Girl of Many Colors~ said...

@Lauren Ann: Awww! Thank you so much! *cyber hug*

@GG: Yep, there sure is! Many books about it too.

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