“Family of fire, sojourners of skies, companions to darkness, once absent, now alive.”
— From Sea Between
Sea Between: A Collection
Debuted as #1 New Release on Amazon in Poetry About Nature Category in the first week of June, 2019 // We tend to let life happen. Days pass and we lose sight of ourselves with such ease. We work, we sleep, we dream, we give up, we win, we lose, we trudge through our real-life events like we’re scrolling through a social media feed. We numb ourselves with busyness. But what about the intricacies of life? What about how the events of each day actually affect us?
Poetry helps us to embrace life, instead of skimming through it. Poetry helps us to feel, reminding us that we have a heart. If we let it, poetry will help us hurt…and help us heal. It tells us stories about ourselves and about our world. Poetry pulls us out of the rat race and reminds us who we are. It shatters the mask that society asks us to wear and provides us with sacred moments of authenticity and contemplation. The world needs more poetry.
A rescue for those who tire of busyness, division, and deception, Sea Between: A Collection offers a pause for reflection and a chance to pursue the deeper meanings of life. Jessica invites us to re-discover calm, thoughtfulness, creativity, and love.
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Space of Brightness
This is an album about light & darkness, love and death. It is dedicated to the persecuted church — people in nations all over the earth who face unimaginable adversity because of their faith in God. They are beaten, tortured, rejected, imprisoned, and even executed simply because the love of Jesus has captured their hearts, and they love their country too much to not share Him with them.
I wanted to tell their story. I particularly wanted to write from the perspective of being put in prison for one’s faith. So with lots of research and a good imagination, I crawled into the prison cell with persecuted Christians around the globe, endeavoring to put poetry and melodies around their experiences. Most of the songs are written from that perspective.
We can assume all day long that being in prison would be the worst thing to experience. It is…and it’s not. I found that it all depends on who you know. It turns out that God is alive, that He’s full of love, and that He’s just as real in a dark dungeon as He is in the wide, open countryside.
There is a depth to life when one decides not to waste it. In the darkness, in the wilderness, and even in a rotten prison cell it is possible to hope, to love, to dream, to sing. Perspective is everything.
Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. — Hebrews 13:3