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Not “Just Another Birthday”

by | Jan 14, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

A grateful tip of the hat goes out to pro-life blogger Jill Stanek for jogging my memory. She has an item this week alerting her readers to the release of the new music video of “Just Another Birthday,” a song from the Grammy and Dove Award-winning Christian band Crowns’ new album. “Come to the Well.”

Earlier this week, on my way home, I heard “Just Another Birthday,” co-written by the band’s lead singer, Mark Hall. (I am a huge fan of the band.) As a dad with three daughters, the song just pierced my heart, and I vowed I would write about its distinctly pro-life message. I don’t know what it says about me, but I plum forgot, until today.

 

Beautifully sung, the message is clear from the first stanza where we learn the young woman has been separated from her dad. It’s now her 16th birthday and she thinks this is the one “When he would call me, see me. Hold me and free me. But it’s just another birthday.”

On her 19th birthday she is “wild-eyed and wide open.” She becomes pregnant. The scene shifts to the abortion clinic where she does not know what to do. But in her hour of greatest need, abandoned by her own father and in the company of strangers, she calls on Jesus to “heal my brokenness. Put the pieces back together. And be a Father to the fatherless.”

The last stanza is her 21st birthday which she celebrates with her little “barefoot princess.” The last fifty words are profoundly moving, and I would encourage you to Google the lyrics for “Just Another Birthday.”

The aforementioned music video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTIXUsIpIhQ&feature=player_embedded. Mr. Hall, a youth pastor for almost twenty years, explains the origins of the song, beginning by introducing his eleven year old daughter who is obviously the light of his life.

She doesn’t need more stuff, he says. Reagan needs him, “her dad.” He tells all us dads/grandpas how important we are and the price paid when dads aren’t around.

Of course Mr. Hall isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know—that young girls need to know they are important and needed, and if they don’t get that affirmation at home “she is going to go somewhere else…” But he is telling us behavior we need to practice in our homes.

A great and achingly powerful video which you can listen to at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTIXUsIpIhQ&feature=player_embedded.

Ironically, next month Casting Crowns is performing at a venue 15 minutes from my home. Given that my family is attending a concert at the same church in March, I’d been wondering whether I could afford to attend.

I will indeed, and I will bring my wife and three daughters.

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