Daily amazed at the mercies of God in her life, and by the hand of Providence that has carved her every step, Lori Sealy's songwriting deeply reflects her intimate acquaintance with existence in a fallen world and with a Savior who kindly redeems that which is broken.
Her story is one of nearly being aborted, graciously being adopted, and later being abandoned. It travels the path of atheism and autism, doubt and discipleship, and arrives at a place of grace where the sovereign mercy of Christ forms hope out of hopelessness and grants light even in the deepest darkness.
BEGONE UNBELIEF (released in 2012) is a thought provoking project that honestly looks at wrestling and redemption from the vantage point of one who truly has wrestled and been redeemed.
Here you will find songs that deal with the too rarely addressed struggle of Christian doubt and with the glorious blessing that is found in even a mustard seed of faith planted in the field of Christ Jesus.
This is a project that travels through the ebb and flow of a believer's life; from lamentation to jubilation, questions to answers, heartache to hope. It combines new psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, while drawing from a deep well of revised lyrical masterpieces from poets such as William Cowper, Catherine Winkworth, and John Newton.
There are 13 tracks on the CD, all featuring Lori's signature songwriting, rich vocals, rhythmic guitar, and balladeering piano work. The project was produced and engineered by Anthony Gravley at Addeybug Studio.
Adding their talents to the project are Dale Baker (Grammy nominated, Dove Award winning drummer from Sixpence None the Richer); Reggie Sullivan (gifted bassist who's toured with the likes of Wynona, Olivia Newton-John, and Ron McCurdy); Anthony Gravley (studio guru whose resume' includes Buddy and Julie Miller, Steve Hindalong, and Geoff Moore); Becky Edmondson (background vocalist); Leah Wilson (flute and penny whistle); and Kelley Roberston (cello and violin).
Here's a note from Lori telling a small piece of the tale behind the tunes:
"As strange as it might sound, there are moments when faith and unbelief can be simultaneously mingled in the same human heart. Sometimes doubt dwells deeply in the very soul that is full of faith. There are seasons when a true Christian may be marked just as much by his wrestlings against sin as he is by his restings in the Savior, or by his warring as he is by his peace.
I am one of those believers who, at times, battles with unbelief - sometimes epically. Many of the songs on this project were birthed in that battle. Some songs were crafted solely from my own psyche while others are compilations of the works of struggling saints who've gone before me, wrestling just as I.
"I do believe, help my unbelief " (Mark 9:24) is a paradoxical reality that has spanned the centuries. David the psalmist, John the Baptist, Thomas the apostle, Augustine the saint, Luther the reformer, Cowper the poet, Schaeffer the philosopher, Newton the pastor - all were, at times, dogged with doubt and like the modern minstrel, Rich Mullins, often "beat their heads against so many walls" because their "faith just seemed so small."
So, what are people of feeble faith to do with the dilemma of doubt? Fall upon Jesus - even upon the Jesus who may be the focal point of the struggle. The faltering father of Mark 9, that doubting daddy turned to Jesus in his darkest hour and cried, "I do believe, help my unbelief!" So must we.
As miniscule as our mustard seed of faith may be, we must plant it in the field of Christ. We must not wait until the seed has sprouted. We must not linger until the bud is in bloom. We must put our feeble, faltering, failing faith in Jesus. We must use that tiny crumb of credence and draw near to Him with even a whisper of, "I do believe!" As dark as the dungeon of doubt may seem, as bitter its bars, we must resist its imprisoning presence and not lost hope, but flee to the merciful Redeemer for help, for strength, for deliverance - "Lord, help my unbelief!"
Carry your query to Jesus. A bruised reed He will not break, a smoldering wick He will not extinguish, and a doubting disciple He will in no way cast out. "Come ye sinners, poor and wretched, weak and wounded, sick and sore, Jesus ready stands to save you, ... He is willing; doubt no more."
- Lori Sealy