Sara Groves: Pray Tell
- Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Our hearts are moved by those stories. Even Christ Himself—He is supposed to be a conquering King. He comes, and He ministers to this group of 12 men, and He washes their feet. He’s very personal about the way He comes and saves us. That is our example then. Mother Teresa said relentlessly, “If I hadn’t picked up that first leper on the street, we wouldn’t be celebrating today that we’ve served 40,000 people.”
CCM: How can Christians today who may never face the pain and struggle of human slavery and trafficking come to know Christ in the same way?
Sara: We all have different roles in the Kingdom of God. But my years of grooming and grooming my faith pale in comparison to the faith of these believers. There is a reason “Song for My Sons” is first on the album. My goals for my sons used to be that they would go to college, have good jobs, a good marriage and a nice home. But now, my goals for them are different. I want them to cast their lots with Christ and love their neighbor. When you realize there are real people in these real situations, you enter into their stories and it changes you.
CCM: Who are the artists or thinkers that consistently inspire you?
Sara: Charlie Peacock. I always have something good to take from him—every time I meet with him or work with him. Eugene Peterson (The Message, The Jesus Way). I’ve been reading every book I can get my hands on. I just think he is a prophet for our day. And Wendell Berry (The Hidden Wound, A Place on Earth). I love all his books and the way he thinks. He makes me reconsider a lot.
CCM: What are you looking forward to most as you go on the road the next two months with Andrew Peterson’s “Behold the Lamb of God Tour”?
Sara: I’m most excited about talking about International Justice Mission. The thing I love about IJM is that they would say it’s not about just them—it’s about what God is doing in our generation and in our world. For a long time my music was introspective, it was about me. It is such a relief to be out sharing about something else. I’ve been able to talk about IJM, and by the end of the day, I am more energized. It’s very energizing to talk about what God is doing in our day.
For more information about International Justice Mission, visit ijm.org.
Krista Barré has been a published writer since the early 90’s. When not writing, she is busy raising three boys.
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