Lehman shares healing power through recent album
No one had to interpret what Rhonda Lehman understood when doctors explained the type of breast cancer she was suffering from eight years ago.
“It was the worst kind of breast cancer,” said Lehman recently. “It only has a 15 percent survival rate. I know it could come back sometime.
“That possibility drives me. I feel like I should do everything that I have while I have it,” observed Lehman. “I’m still alive; I still can sing. Let’s get it done while I still can. If you have life, you should live it.”
It is with that in mind that Lehman has committed herself feverishly and with determination to complete an album reflecting God’s love and strength for those going through difficult times. It is an album of hope, courage and encouragement to move on in spite of life’s struggles.
The album has just been released and is available at the Faith and Life Bookstore, Amazon.com, cdbaby.com and iTunes. The entire project was recorded at Sweetwater Productions in Fort Wayne, one of the most well-known recording studios in the nation these days.
Lehman said that the spirit of her soul concerning the album is reflected in one of the songs, “I Hope You Dance.”
“Taking on this project seemed way too big. But if you’re going to be alive, be alive; take it all in,” said Lehman. “Be in the thick of it, not on the sidelines watching other people live.
“During those times in my own life when getting through each day was so hard, occasionally I would run across a song that would lift me up or speak to my heart that someone out there understood what I was feeling,” Lehman said. “Those songs would encourage me to keep keeping on, to put the next foot in front of the other one more time.”
Lehman admitted that there were times when things were so difficult that she had to decide to live. At that point, said Lehman, she remembered the words from the Bible, “I have placed before you life and death, choose life.”
“I knew that it wouldn’t be painful forever,” said Lehman, who had suffered the loss of two children at birth. “I realized that life ended in Christ’s life.
“It seems like every day, I hear of someone having trauma, an accident, painful news and they are left feeling like they’ve had the breath sucked out of them,” said Lehman. “I couldn’t stand it anymore. I felt like I needed to do something. Because of the variety of traumas and trials, I knew that I couldn’t literally heal them.
“It occurred to me that one thing I could do was sing, ‘believe,’ music. Music has power about it. I could reach people’s hearts if there was nothing else I could do,” said Lehman.
Lehman’s first move was to go to the Internet and Google encouraging songs. Then she wrote down songs that speak to her when she has difficult times.
Lehman began to put together a list of songs be included in the album, “Angel,” “Trust His Heart,” “It is Well,” “Bridge over Troubled Waters,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Amazing Grace,” “Precious Lord/Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “On Broken Glass,” (album theme composed by Lehman), “Never Give Up,” “Keep Holding On,” “Faith,” “When You Believe,” “Through the Rain,” “Music of My Heart,” “I Hope You Dance,” “Ordinary Miracle,” “On a Clear Day,” “True Colors” and “May Each Day.”
“I wanted to say, ‘this is how it feels; I know how it feels when things go difficult,’” said Lehman, who also suffered the loss of two children at birth. “I want to give hope, to say, ‘don’t stay there, if you continue to hold on, it will get better’. I’m saying that all the broken pieces may not come back together. Maybe they shouldn’t.”
Lehman said that one of the most difficult songs for her to record was, “Amazing Grace,” because it is so well known and because of its history.
“It is a song with so much meaning over the centuries in people’s lives,” Lehman said. “I didn’t want to mess it up. I wanted to change it enough to make these words come back alive. I didn’t know how to handle it.
“I prayed and I said to the person recording, ‘okay, go,’” continued Lehman. “All I did was go, I didn’t know what to create. There were things that came out that I never heard before. When I finished, he said, ‘come in, I’ve got the song.’ He played it; I looked at him and he looked at me. All I remember saying was, ‘God just did that, my voice wasn’t my own; it was the voice of God.”
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