The Day is Dawning, Giles' fifth album, released in 2012, delivers songs that would give us voice when we have none, call us to community when we would walk alone, and move us into the neighborhoods and streets of this world, shining that Light that has dawned in our lives through Jesus.
This project is the culmination of years of...not work, but more like...growing and praying and hurting and hoping. Of leaning on as well as standing strong for my community of faith. These songs have been born, some of them, out of an intense season of grief and loss for my church family. Others mark the pain and love of walking with friends through broken relationships. They are songs that have helped me, at the least, and many in our community, cry out to and declare a God who is unfailing, mighty to save, faithful to strengthen us when we are spent, drawing us always to the hope which is ours in Jesus.
I have discovered again how desperately we need each other, that standing together and with one another is not an option but very much a necessity. For when the night is its darkest, I need you to remind me - yes, we need to remind one another - that the day is dawning. And it's really beginning to feel like that now, like the day is dawning. Like I can draw breath a little more deeply. Like I can dare to dream and not feel guilty or uneasy about it. Like I've glimpsed suffering and brokenness, and, forever changed by it and by the power of Christ in me, am now relating with God's world with a little more humility and, I hope, compassion.
It's my prayer that these songs would give us voice when we have none, call us to community when we would walk alone, and move us into the neighborhoods and streets of this world, shining that Light that has dawned in our lives through Jesus.
And not only does this project "call us to community," I hope, but it was also made possible by the community (from the liner notes): "Thank You, to all those who have joined me in prayer over this project, who have contributed financially to make it possible. Wow! We raised over $10,000 in 30 days to make it happen. It’s still overwhelming when I say it. Glory to God! ... to all those now and through the years who have supported, affirmed, believed in me, bought the t-shirt, spread the music - thank you and let’s keep doing it - God’s got a message, something about how he came personally to fix a broken world and a broken us. There is restoration, healing, hope, salvation through Jesus.