This week’s free download comes from The Afters.
The only true alchemy in this world occurs when trials turn to gold, the debris and heartbreak of life transformed and polished into shining beauty by a loving, unseen hand. We try to catch a glimpse of this remarkable change in action, yet human eyes fail us. However, once these storms of life pass, we see the afterglow through signs as sure as Noah’s ancient rainbow. A loved one overcomes. Morning breaks after an impossibly long night. Grace thunders through spiritual drought with a mighty downpour of living water. All of this, and more, affirms the fact that yes, life is beautiful.
Life Is Beautiful began with challenging questions the group members pondered while on a writing retreat in Colorado. “As songwriters, we never what to make the same album twice,” says guitarist-vocalist Matt Fuqua, who co-founded The Afters with Havens while the two worked as Starbucks baristas in Mesquite, Tex. “For us we try to go in asking: ‘What can we do that’s different? How can we stretch ourselves? How can we take things further? How can we do more?’ It was intentional to be really honest with our audience, and to be honest with ourselves by sharing things that are personal and meaningful.”
“Our hope for our record—and a lot of heartache went into this album—is that it will encourage people to see how God is working in their lives. He’s not just there on the sunny days. No matter what we go through in life, God is still with us and life is beautiful—God is beautiful.”
This week we are excited to offer you The Afters’ song “With you Always” as our free download of the week off their album Life Is Beautiful. Not only are we offering a song download we’re also giving a few lucky readers a chance to WIN a copy of the album Life Is Beautiful. Want to be entered to WIN? All you have to do is comment below with your favorite song off the album and you’ll be entered. Good luck!