I’d like to shine a light on independent rock artist, Jodi Essex. She just released a LIVE video for her song “Weightless” off the album “Irreverent” that is available now. Check out “Weightless” below as well as some more info on the artist. If you enjoy these sounds then make sure you purchase her CD right here. I can best describe her sound as a cross between Crystal Lewis, Amy Lee, Fireflight and Bon Jovi with a strong emphasis on spiritual story telling and worship centered lyrics.
One of my favorite songs lyrically, “Weightless” is both an expression of love, devotion and prayer in the form of an intimate, one-on-one conversation with God. It begins by describing the very real and personal spiritual battle between all the things that can inhibit our hearts and minds from being focused on a Christ-centered life, (“my ghosts return to haunt me, these demons unrelenting”). The conversation turns into a tone of unison that describes a pact of affirmation, reciprocating a love and loyalty between us and God, (“But I won’t let them in, you won’t let them win”). It’s an assuredness that can only be experienced and felt when we allow ourselves the surrender to the Holy Spirit. It is the redemption we seek and He unfailingly gives.
The song continues with examples of the human spirit conceivably living moments of darkness, “a barely-there existence” and yet the despair is always met with the unfailing love of Jesus at every turn, as He is “my breath, my air.” Being “weightless in your love” can only be described as the zenith of what a real love relationship with Jesus feels like. The epitome of agape love, salvation, redemption, kindness and empathy in their purest forms leave us feeling weightless, unburdened, white as snow and light as air, as we are enveloped by His grace. We are lifted up and restored infinitely to the joy He intended for our lives, despite the depths of darkness we may have suffered in our past transgressions, even in times we had turned from our Creator, as Psalm 70:20-21 says, “Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.” And in perfect redemptive compassion, replies, “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” As the songs nears to its end, I sing, “hold me close in the palm of your hand, dance of the senses in wide open spaces, I’m drifting away…” One last reminder that He is everything we need and everything we need can be found in Him. The load has been lifted, so to speak, and we are unbridled spirits, free and unburdened from all that weighs us down; feather-light in His love.