This song began about a year ago when a few musicians and singers in Cardiff come together on a Tuesday evening to spending time worshipping the Lord. As we waited on Him, my good friend Elana began to sing the refrain that has become the chorus of this song. For months afterwards I dwelt on the simple words and melody “I am forever grateful for the cross”. So I went to her and asked if she would mind if I tried to build a song out of it.
10 months and about five drafts later, I had this song. Enjoy.
“God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” – 1 John 3:10
I am no stranger to berevement. On numerous occasions I have had to come to terms with mortality, and the numbing greif that inevitably follows. I know what it’s like to believe God for a miracle and get something quite different.
Jesus was not afraid of death. Neither is he afraid of grief. In fact, in some of my lonliest times, when I felt so desparate with sorrow, confusion and anger, that’s when He seemed more real to me than ever. That is why He is called the comforter. I do not believe that He phased, put off, offended or intimidated by raw human emotion; even if His church comes accross that way sometimes.
The song, ‘Banner’, is about facing dissapointment and grief knowing that God is near, and He cares.
But I would like to pay tribute to a special individual. A man by the name of Jonathan Gallimore. After two years of fighting cancer, he was faced by his own mortality, but still would not the sickness touch his spirit, even if he could not stop it in his body. He was a true hero of the faith.
Jonathan went to be with Jesus on August 30th, 2010, at the age of twenty.
I wrote this song three days later.