“Beauty for Ashes” was written by Lane Oliver and inspired by a sermon series at Mid-Cities entitled Orientation. In the 5-week series, Pastor Daniel Stephens spoke at length about the topic of sexuality – more specifically homosexuality. This series was the catalyst for Lane to write a song of freedom that would empower those who have struggled with their identity (sexual or otherwise) and encourage those who have been in bondage to ANY type of sin. Our heart was to write about the grace and strength God gives us to overcome the struggles that we can sometimes let define us. We hope that as we sing this song together in worship, we would be encouraged to define our identity by who the God of the universe calls us to be – not what the world, our present, or our past says we are! “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (2 Cor 5:17 NLT)
On the night of the recording, I was able to see first hand the amazing way God is already using this song. I saw a man in the audience who had dealt with same-sex attraction most of his life sing this song to God, hands lifted high, reminding himself that “I’m no longer what I used to be.”
We hope you are greatly blessed by this song!
- Chris Davis (Mid-Cities Worship Leader)