MercyMe has done it again; released an album that speaks the truth of the Gospel in an honest and exciting way. This is the Texas-based band’s seventh studio album, and as of TODAY, you can pick up your copy HERE. Keep reading to learn how you can win a copy of the record, a MercyMe exclusive watch, and a collection of MercyMe’s previous albums!
The Hurt & the Healer is a compelling collection of songs that rock with the authority of a seasoned band, yet also insinuate themselves into the souls of listeners through insightful, heartfelt lyrics. “We’ve been doing this for 17 years,” Bart Millard says of the group. “You still need a fresh perspective. You still need to have these moments where you are like, ‘Oh I totally get it. I see something new.’ That is what this album has been for us.”
The outpouring of emotion that led to “The Hurt & The Healer” was inspired by a tragedy very close to Bart and his family. “My cousin was a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty this past year in Dallas. Watching his wife and two kids go through the healing process, it’s been incredibly tough to say the least,” Bart says quietly. He and his cousin had grown up as close as brothers and the loss has been devastating. Yet he drew comfort from the community of firefighters. “Just seeing how the firefighters have surrounded his family and have been there for them . . . that kind of led me down this path of the whole idea that we can’t just have contact with God, we need a full blown collision with the healer to get through something like this. The idea of the song is to have this collision with the hurt and the healer to where we are changed, whether it’s painful or great or whatever, that we walk away closer to Christ than where we were before.”
It’s a powerful message for a world that’s hurting, and the band hopes it will impact lives. “I’m hoping that people walk away saying, ‘You know what? I was tied down by the loss of my husband or by the cancer that wouldn’t go away, or the loss of my job or the addiction or whatever,” says Bart, “but you’ve made me realize that I have that same spirit that rose Christ living in me and I won’t be defined by this. This is not who I am. Whether it’s addiction or a broken marriage, this is not who I am. This is an attack, but my identity is in Christ, which means I can overcome this!’ It’s this spiritual empowerment that I think people desperately need. I still feel like I have something to say and I do love being in a band. It’s the greatest job ever. I love that God uses us to minister to people. I love making music that counts.”
To celebrate this great release, we are giving away a MercyMe prize package that includes a copy of The Hurt & the Healer, an exclusive MercyMe watch, and a collection of MercyMe CDs.
Comment this week and tell us which MercyMe song (past or present) is your favorite and why. If you have a story of a way that a MercyMe song impacted your life, we would love to hear it. We will select a winner from those of you that comment by Friday!
A winner has been chosen for this contest. Thanks to everyone who entered!