- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2007 1 Jan
- My Miracle
- Living Water
- I Surrender
- I Know I'm Healed
- I Stand and Worship You
- Please Rain Down
- Send Your Mighty Power
- I Need Thee
Ask any of your favorite Christian artists why they make music for a living, and you'd likely get a variety of responses. Some aim to entertain, while others feel compelled to make a unique contribution to the artistic landscape. Another group of artists would say they're motivated by their hope to build up and encourage fellow believers, while another cross-section strives to reach out to the broader culture at large for Christ. But regardless of whether artists are driven by artistry or ministry, the common bond they share is the desire to make a difference in the world.
That's exactly what singer/songwriter Rick Goad hoped to do with his songs on My Miracle. Goad felt a call to minister to those going through seasons marked by trials. And following the often-given advice of many English teachers over the years, Goad wrote about what he knew, since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in 2006.
Given just a few months to live, Goad wanted to make the most of the time he had left. Goad's wife Jackie says, "Rick told God that he was going to write a song every time he got under heavy warfare—fear, depression, dark times. During the writing of these songs, he decided to record a CD so others could hear and sing the promises of God. He wanted people who are facing their own dark situations to have a comfort, a hope, a weapon."
It's that sense of urgency that ultimately makes the tracks from My Miracle so memorable. In the simple piano-driven strains of "I Know I'm Healed," Goad sings confidently about the healing that's promised in the Scriptures. On "I Stand and Worship You," he gives praise to God even when we may not understand the working of his plans. Later, the contemplative strands of the popular hymn "I Need Thee" reminds listeners how desperate we are for God's intervention.
Fashioned more in the adult contemporary vein, there's nothing particularly flashy about the musicianship on My Miracle. But tasteful piano arrangements, affirming lyrics, and Goad's pleasing voice—which sounds like a cross between Chris Rice, Steve Green, and at times, James Taylor—makes the project a joy to listen to. Anything more flashy and overdone simply wouldn't have fit with what Goad was trying to accomplish.
Goad eventually lost his battle with cancer in January 2007, but his ministry still lives on. Because he was committed to sharing this hopeful message with those who need it the most, it was Goad's goal to distribute one million copies of My Miracle—you can check out www.rickgoad.com to track the progress. The ultimate example of Goad's desire to share these songs with a hurting world? With each CD ordered for $15, an additional 10 copies are sent for you to share with someone else in need of comfort and inspiration.