Easter Songs: Top 10 Country Songs of Faith
Happy Easter! Country music can help us remember the true meaning of the holiday, so that we don’t get too caught up in hiding colored eggs and eating chocolate bunnies. The Boot lists our favorite country songs about faith — the musical reminders of the values that run deep through the genre any time of year.
"As they nail me to this tree / Just know my Father waits for me / God, how can this be your will / To have your son and my son killed?"
Sara Evans and Brad Paisley sang this for the movie soundtrack, 'The Passion of the Christ: Original Songs Inspired by the Film.' Portraying the roles of Mary and Jesus, the pair's flawless harmonies and emotionally charged delivery make this a seasonal favorite.
"I believe there are angels among us / Sent down to us from somewhere up above / They come to you and me in our darkest hours / To show us how to live, to teach us how to give / To guide us with the light of love."
Alabama released this song as a Christmas single almost 20 years ago, from their album, 'Cheap Seats.' But while they intended for the tune to be a holiday hit, we think the lyrics are thought-provoking 365 days of the year.
"So I'll cherish the old rugged cross / 'Til my trophies at last I'll lay down / I will cling to the old rugged cross / And exchange it someday for a crown."
The Man in Black was such a fan of this traditional hymn, he included it on three albums: 'Sings Precious Memories,' 'Sings With the Goodpasture BC School' and 'Believe in Him' (on which he recorded the tune as a duet with Jessi Colter).
"His fingerprints are everywhere / I just slowed down to stop and stare / Opened my eyes and man, I swear / I saw God today."
This No. 1 hit from George's 'Troubadour' CD chronicles the spiritual awakening of a man while his baby girl is being born. It's a poignant reminder of looking for everyday miracles, such as "a flower growing in the middle of a sidewalk" and a sunset with "a splash of amber melted into shades of red."
"Go rest high on that mountain / Son, your work on earth is done / Go to Heaven a-shoutin' / Love for the Father and the Son"
Vince wrote part of this song following the 1989 death of his good friend, Keith Whitley. But it wasn't until Vince's brother succumbed to a heart attack four years later that he finally finished writing the tune. Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs harmonize on the track, which is still played on country and Christian radio stations -- and at countless memorial services.
"I'm finding more and more truth / In the words written in red / They tell me that there's more to life / Than just what I can see / Oh, I believe."
This thought-provoking single chronicles the story of an older man who uses his life lessons to teach a young boy about faith as he grows into adulthood. "I can't quote the book / The chapter or the verse / You can't tell me it all ends / In a slow ride in a hearse" sums up the everlasting message of this poignant song.
"Jesus, take the wheel / Take it from my hands / 'Cause I can't do this on my own / I'm letting go / So give me one more chance / To save me from this road I'm on / Jesus, take the wheel."
Carrie's debut single and her first No. 1 hit, this song tells the heartwarming story of a woman who loses control of her car when she hits an icy patch with her baby in the backseat. The near-accident serves as a wake-up call to return to her faith.
"This old world of ours is full of troubles / But this world would, oh, so better be / If we'd find more Bibles on the table / And mothers singing 'Rock of ages, cleft for me'"
From the country legend's 1960 album, 'Cup of Loneliness,' this classic song gives us a brief glimpse into a time when the end of the day meant "Dad would read to us from the family Bible / And we'd count our many blessings one by one."
"There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway / Why there's not four of them Heaven only knows / I guess it's not what you take when you leave this world behind you / It's what you leave behind you when you go."
This country classic tells the emotional tale of the redemption of a prostitute, who is the sole survivor in a tragic accident that claims the lives of a farmer, a teacher and a preacher. She uses the preacher's "blood-stained Bible" to turn her life around.
'When I Get Where I'm Going'
"But when I get where I'm going / And I see my Maker's face / I'll stand forever in the light / of His amazing grace."
Death isn't so scary ... if you have faith. The lyrics of this song beautifully -- and with vivid detail -- describe the afterlife. Using imagery such as "I'm gonna land beside a lion / And run my fingers through his mane" and "I'm gonna walk with my granddaddy / And he'll match me step for step," Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton paint an enticing picture of Heaven.