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story behind the song
writer’s room By Audrey ASSAd
Jaime Jamgochian is a busy lady. From running her own
conferences—Modest is Hottest—to touring, recording
and writing, her downtime is little to non-existent. Guess
it’s apropos that her latest single heating up the charts
is called “the Stand.” She gave CCM an inside look at the
story behind the powerful tune.
“The Stand” (Centricity)
part four: wreStling
“I won’t let you go until you bless me,” said a very small
human named Jacob to an angel. The story has haunted
me for years. A man and a messenger, locked in a fight
that could surely only be won by the heavenly being.
And yet, the being (who, according to Tradition, was a
pre-Incarnate Christ) allowed Jacob to wrestle him. His
antlers locked with the angel’s, he earned his future
name—Israel, which means “wrestles with God.”
This, friends and artists, is our history. The Church,
which tradition and theology have taught us is spiritual
Israel, is steeped in a past of wrestling.
Ever since I learned this, I’ve walked in freedom from
the guilt I used to feel about my questions, my doubts.
My desire, to wrestle with truth and with God, is part of
who I am and part of who the Church is; it seeps into my
art and my writing because it’s part of how I form ideas
and conscience and beliefs.
Pieces of art can’t and shouldn’t always be composed
like sitcoms—wrapped up neatly at the end of a half
hour, leaving a warm and fuzzy wake. When we create
like that, we end up producing a bunch of Christmas
television specials in a culture that spends all its time
watching “reality” TV. People of all walks of life are
looking for something honest.
God is plenty strong enough to stand up to your
questions, your doubts, your fear and even your anger.
Wrestle with truth… wrestle with Him. And don’t be
afraid to create out of your wrestling.
check out JaimeJam.com
to learn more!