Still In the Fire with Jordan St. Cyr
God is faithful even amidst the flames
When Christian Music artist Jordan St. Cyr wrote his song “Fires” about a man who was on the verge of losing his home until a generous community stepped up to pay for his house, he wasn’t entirely prepared for the painful stories it would inspire.
Jordan says he realized that people would be sharing some difficult trials that they had been through and the fires they’d walked through in their own lives, but he hadn’t quite emotionally equipped himself for the gravity of the hardships that people would share with him.
“It’s the heaviest of the heavy stories,” Jordan admitted. “It’s the – ‘I’m in the fire; I’m not out of it.’”
In hearing the admissions of horrific medical diagnoses, tragic losses, bondages of addictions and more, Jordan confessed that he expected more of a victim mentality to be present as people recounted their troubles.
“Maybe that’s a pessimistic side of myself,” Jordan conceded, “but when you’re talking about the fires, it’s like, well, why would I be happy about this?”
Instead, though, he found unwavering faith, even as the blaze threatened to consume them.
“I’m in the fire, and God is faithful. These people know God, and they’re leading me. It’s loss; it’s grief, and yet, they’re still saying ‘God is faithful.’”
The original subject of “Fires,” Nathan, is the perfect example of that faithfulness. As a husband and dad, he was struggling to make ends meet, even working multiple jobs and he was dangerously close to his home going into foreclosure.
One of the jobs that Nathan was able to secure was a valet shift for a hotel where a Christian songwriters’ meeting was being held. Four songwriters with their guitars dropped off their cars at the valet. As Nathan was wrapping up his break, he got a nudge on his heart to write a note and leave it on the windshield of one of the cars.
The note read:
Barring a miracle, I’m on the verge of losing my house. Thank you for your songs that were very inspiring to a man whose faith is quite weak right now.
Nathan the Valet
That songwriter took the note to social media with a simple plea: “Body of Christ, it’s time.”
People lovingly rallied around Nathan and not only paid off his house, but some medical debt and other lingering bills as well.
“Seeing where the church was in that,” Jordan said, “That’s why we exist.”
- To be the hands that pick up the buckets and fill them with water.
- To be the feet that walk the buckets to someone else’s fire.
- To be the hope of Christ that helps extinguish the flames that are overwhelming someone.
Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” (NIV).
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