In 2008 it was Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella” that forced me to pull over while driving and had me in a contemplative mood for a long time. In a sense it still does. More recently it was the release of Casting Crowns’ new CD “The Well,” and the song “Just Another Birthday” that once again rubs against the wound of family fractured and vows forsaken.
The song paints a picture of the life of a young girl as she transitions from teenager to young mom while lamenting the absence of her biological father from her life.
Inspired by Psalm 68:5 and James 1:27, Mark Hall, lead singer of Casting Crowns writes in the CD jacket:
This isn’t a song about a girl. This is a song about hundreds of girls that Melanie (Mark Hall’s wife) and I have seen come through our student ministries over the years. This song is a wake-up call to fathers to love their daughters and a message of hope to orphans, spiritual and physical, that God is the Father to the fatherless.
Beautifully sung by Megan Garrett, the story starts with a 16-year-old girl who would much rather have her daddy with her to celebrate her birthday than the gift-wrapped excuses and flowers he sent in his stead.
Parents truthful to themselves and others will admit that raising children is not easy; their job is difficult but so very rewarding. Divorce doesn’t make it any easier, what with visitation schedules, child support and the physical chasm that geography creates when these fractured families live in different states.