It’s an honor knowing our song “Redeemed” has blessed so many people since it was released. This song has become an anthem for anyone who has gone through a horrific experience and come out on the other side. It’s especially connected with those in the recovery community, which is why it was a great honor for Big Daddy Weave to perform this song at a concert to benefit Nashville Rescue Mission at the historic and beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center back in 2013. At the time, looking out into the audience and seeing men and women from the Mission’s Life Recovery Program stand with their hands raised in praise to the Lord just blew us away.
This Mission has been around for a long time and is committed to bringing help and hope to those who are homeless or struggling with addiction. I can genuinely sense the heart of God in their mission. I love that the words “rescue mission” are in the name because I believe it’s a reminder to the greater body of Christ what we need to be about—He has called each of us to join Him in rescuing people in need.
Partnering with Nashville Rescue Mission in various fundraising efforts is an honor for the rest of the band and me. We share a common goal—to let hurting people know there is hope in Christ. He makes redemption possible. For anyone who has battled their past mistakes, which is pretty much all of us, being redeemed is about more than just forgiveness. It’s about more than the fact that our pasts are taken care of. Being redeemed is a message of hope calling us out of where we used to be and into a new place in Christ. It’s as much about what we are redeemed to, as what we are redeemed from. I love how the Lord uses anything and everything for His kingdom. Despite all our efforts and floundering around sometimes, God says, “For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). At Nashville Rescue Mission, this “hope and a future” is awaiting anyone who walks through their doors. Whether that is someone in need of a meal, or someone who needs shelter, or someone who needs to know Jesus is waiting for them with His arms open wide—it’s there, and it’s available to you.