As I was sleeping one night, a
picture suddenly appeared in my mind. It was one of those times when you just know
you are really there. Everything around you is crystal
clear. You can smell the air, touch the trees, and feel the emotions of
the moment. You know that this is not merely another dream.
I saw a woman standing in front
of a large pile of ashes. She was dressed in dark clothing and she was wearing a
veil that hid her face. I could only see her eyes. Her eyes were
sad and filled with tears. I watched as she knelt down, cupped her
hands together, and picked up a handful of ashes. She then
formed a brick out of the ashes. She took the brick and
placed it gently down next to another brick. She kept repeating this
over and over. After a while I realized what she was doing. She was building a road out of the bricks.
I looked in the direction that
the road was leading and far in the distance, rising just beyond the gray horizon, was
the most beautiful light! It was a pure and peaceful light. I
became very curious as to who this woman was and what she was
trying to do. Suddenly, she turned her face toward me, and as her
tearful eyes met mine, she slowly took the veil from her face. I
was shocked to see that her face was badly bruised. As I
walked toward her, I finally realized who she was. She was someone I
loved dearly and who had passed away several years before. She was a
loving aunt who lived upstairs from me when I was growing
up. She was terribly abused by her husband.
As the scene faded from my mind,
I began to wake up. Immediately, the title "Bricks From the
Ashes" and many other lyrical and melodic ideas began to fill my mind. I
recorded my ideas and the next day my wife, Cheryl, helped me finish the
As much as I would love to take credit for writing it, the real author of Bricks From the Ashes is the Lord. I truly believe that this song
was given to me in this vision for one purpose - to help
the many hurting souls who are living in abusive relationships.
Perhaps, somewhere in this song, they
will hear a line or a verse that will give them just enough
encouragement to take that frightful first step toward building a new
life, not only for themselves, but for those they love.
This is my hope and prayer.