Seth Adam Smith (Life Is Worth Living)
My friend, Paul Cardall, is a talented, best-selling musician with an incredible life story. He was born with congenital heart disease and lived for thirty years with half a heart until 2008 when it began to fail. After waiting for a heart for over a year, Paul miraculously received a heart transplant and has continued to produce beautiful music ever since (one of my personal favorites is New Life).
Paul recently released a moving album called 40 Hymns for Forty Days—a spiritual album focused on religious hymns. When I asked him about his motivation behind creating the album, this was what he wrote to me:
Scripture is replete with accounts of 40-day periods when God tested, transformed and changed individuals seeking His divine help. For example, 40 days of rain transformed the life of Noah and the world. Moses learned his purpose during 40 days on Mt. Sinai. Goliath’s 40-day challenge dramatically changed young David and the people of Israel. A single meal gave Elijah enough strength to travel 40 days to Horeb, where the ancient prophet learned that God speaks in a still small voice. Through the mouth of another prophet, God gave Ninevah 40 days to repent. Eventually, Jesus, after being baptized by John, journeyed into the wilderness where he fasted 40 days during a period of intense spiritual preparation and temptation. After the Savior’s glorious resurrection, He spent 40 days teaching his disciples eternal truths.
It is interesting that the account in Matthew and Mark of Jesus 40 day fast in the wilderness states the Lord wasn’t hungry until after he had ended his fast and overcome the temptations. I know for myself —when I fast I think about food. Why wouldn’t the Savior be hungry until after the fast? Because he was preparing for his ministry. He was about to embark on his divine purpose. He was thinking about you. He was thinking about me. He was thinking about his mission.
It is in this spirit that this album is presented. It is hoped these 40 Hymns for Forty Days will help you seek God more purposefully in your personal trials and search for meaning in your life. Use this music as you pray, meditate, study scripture, or in any environment where you want to feel His divine love and help.
While there is no singing, these forty piano compositions have the potential to quietly trumpet a subliminal doctrinal message of truth to the heart and minds of each listener familiar with these traditional hymns.
Ask anyone who knows me well and you will learn that there is rarely a moment when I’m not listening to audiobooks or music. Music expresses the inexpressible and I firmly believe that it is one of the primary ways that God communicates with His children. The music of Paul Cardall speaks to my soul and I believe that it’s divinely inspired.