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From ‘ashes’ to a ‘crown of beauty’: The story behind Anne Wilson’s ‘My Jesus’

Nineteen-year-old Christian singer, Anne Wilson, expressed her shock and gratitude on how here inaugural song, “My Jesus,” climbed to No. 1 on the Christian Billboard after its release five months ago.

In an interview with Billboard, Wilson who co-authored the song along with contemporary Christian singer Matthew West, and music producer Jeff Pardo stated that she has been overwhelmed by the response to the song:

“I’ve been blown away by how God has been using My Jesus to impact so many lives. I’m so honored that He chose me to be His vessel for this specific time and season.

My favorite part so far has been seeing people sing My Jesus at shows to the top of their lungs and hearing stories of how they’ve been impacted by the song. I would’ve never dreamed that God would use this song in such a mighty way.”

The song has ministered to people’s hearts, because it addresses the struggles that many have faced over the past year and a half.

But there is more to this story.

Wilson first attracted the attention of a Nashville music producer four years ago, after she and friends released a YouTube video of the song, she sang at her brother Jacob’s funeral.

Her brother, 23, had been killed in a car accident on June 7, 2017 and the song she sang at the funeral, “What a Beautiful Name,” was also Anne’s first public performance.

After hearing her first YouTube release that Anne dedicated to her brother, many commenters were already predicting big things for Anne.

But this story demonstrates how Jesus can turn our times of grief into a crown of beauty.

In His first public sermon at a synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus pulled out a scroll and quoted from Isaiah 61:1-2, stating that He was the anointed Messiah, that Isaiah prophesied would heal the brokenhearted, deliver the captives, restore the sight of the blind and liberate them who are bruised (Luke 4:16-21).

Though Jesus didn’t quote Isaiah 61:3, it was also part of Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming Messiah who would turn people’s ashes into beauty and their mourning into oil of joy.

and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.
(Isaiah 61:3 NIV)

In an interview with Religion News, Anne stated that she was grateful for how God could “take my story, which was something so broken, and turning it into something so beautiful.

READ: Anne Wilson’s ‘My Jesus’ Shoots to Top of Billboard Christian Music Chart: ‘A Whirlwind of Emotions’

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