I remember Colton Dixon from his stint on American Idol a few years back. Aside from his style, which was edgy for AI norms, he hadn’t really caught my eye. I think I had some idea from the backstory packages the show presents that he came from a Christian background, but for a while, to me he was just a contestant with a great voice who killed it on the piano.
That changed one evening. Maybe I was less distracted, in the mood for a great piano performance, or maybe his hair was particularly cool that night, I have no idea. But I was focused. Colton sat at the piano and I sensed there was something…different going on. He began to play, then sing, and I was mesmerized. You know when you can tell the signer means each word and note with every fiber of their being? It felt like he was singing to God, worshiping God on international TV, and we, the audience, were invited to listen in.
I remember watching the performance and thinking, “Alright, then, Mr. Dixon. I will remember you.”
Actually, I forgot him. For a while. But when Spotify came around, I decided to look him up. There are a lot of good songs on his albums, but one in particular, Never Gone, hits me in the heart every time. Even if I don’t sing the whole song when it comes on, I can’t help but join in at the song’s climax:
“‘I never ever left you, never ever left you, no’
He said, “I never ever left you, never ever left you, no”
Jesus never ever left you, never ever left you, no.
He sees us even in the darkness
Now you know you’re not alone.”
Colton Dixon, Never Gone
Every time I listen to it, I am overcome with God’s grace, goodness, and faithfulness. I think about everything He has delivered me from, everything he has forgiven, and am filled with joy.
I hope you’ll listen to the song. I saw the video for the first time today, and it’s powerful. But I suggest first listening to it without the video to see how it stirs your heart personally. Then, watch the video. And maybe have some tissues nearby.
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Blessings this Monday morning!