By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on our vacation through August 27. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked.
I’m sorry I didn’t write about this earlier, but I just found out today about “Not Forgotten.” (Tip of the hat to Anne Marie Williams).
I am not exaggerating when I say it is among the very, very best pro-life songs I’ve ever heard.
Ironically, when I went to YouTube to listen to the song, a cover version by the teenage Christian group YoungHeart was the one that popped up.
It is every bit as powerful as the original by Phil King, the NxtGen Worship Pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas. Listeners are blessed by both.
King posted an Instagram on January 27 in which he explained that he was inspired to write the song because of “the recent laws passed in New York State. This is for all of the babies lost. We love you, we remember you and we are fighting for you.” King was alluding to the worse-than-abortion-on-demand-bill signed January 22,2019, by pro-abortion Gov. Andrew Cuomo—which prompted pro-abortionists to stand up and cheer and cheer and cheer.
In February, King told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s FaithWire “It’s still a very fresh song for me — I cried a lot while writing it and it happened real fast, I think in 30-45 minutes it was pretty much done.” He added, “I don’t think I’ve cried that much while writing a song before.”
When it comes to music, the best “explanation” is to listen to and/or watch the video. The YoungHeart version is a music video which not only includes the moving lyrics but also heart-warming graphics and a little girl who floats in and out of the video reminding us of who is lost and who can be saved.
Having said that, just two quick thoughts, both based on the opening stanzas:
For the one whose song we won’t hear
For the one whose voice disappeared
For the melody held in your heart
And for all of your dreams torn apart
You are not forgotten
We are fighting for you
We’ve answered your silent cry to be your voice
Your life was not for nothing
We celebrate your heartbeat
The price that you paid is a fire that’ll change this world
1.) Abortion is violence–unconscionable, inexcusable, and merciless violence. It is taking the life—forever silencing the voice—of one of us whose only “crime” to follow the laws of prenatal development.
2.) We cannot, must not, and will not forget the over 60 million lives lost. Their lives have been cruelly taken from them.
But as long as you and I refuse to forget—to act as if “nothing happen” to a “nobody”– their lives will not have been lost in vain.
Let the price that they paid and incredible songs such as “Not Forgotten” sustain and uplift you every day.