Gretchen Keskeys – Running On Pure Hope
Labels: Creative Soul Records
Number of Tracks: 1
Total Time: 4:30
From the Album: Pure Hope
Formats: Christian, Christian Inspo
Available Date & Time: April 20, 2017 12:30 PM ET
Impact Date: May 19, 2017
Gretchen Keskeys returns with a powerful message of HOPE!
The idea for "Running On Pure Hope" came to me on a day I felt particularly energized and excited about life. I stopped for a moment to ponder what was going on that created that kind of unexpected exuberance. The kind you experience before a big event like your wedding day or graduation (but nothing like that was happening!) And there was only one answer: It was the hope I had that Jesus Christ was directing my life. That He would work all the things I was uncertain about for good. That He had good plans for my family. That I could hope and trust in Him. That just energized me! Yes, I thought…I’m running on pure hope!!!
I started playing around with the idea of this thought for a song. I got to "I’m running on pure hope. Into your everlasting arms, they’re reaching out to hold me up!" And that was all I wrote and I kind of tucked it away. And truthfully forgot about it for about a month. One day I was waiting in an especially long line at the Starbuck’s drive thru and I started thinking about the song again. And I thought: "you’ve got to finish that song!" The Lord put on my heart Isaiah 40:31 "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Yes! I thought. That is exactly the scripture verse for this song! A variation of that verse is in the bridge. When I got home I got on the keyboard and found the melody and it all just came together! All thanks to Jesus Christ who definitely inspired it and helped all along the way!
When the band first tracked the song it was given a slower tempo. I had wanted the feeling of running and the slower tempo just wasn’t working for me. I had it re-tracked and with the new faster tempo, it now was just right for what I envisioned from the very beginning!
This song is also the inspiration for the album title, "Pure Hope." This hope is what makes life good, joyful, and fresh each day. No matter where we are in life, at the very beginning, when a new adventure is just around the corner, or later in life when we’re slowing down, Jesus Christ will bring us joy, vigor and enthusiasm for life. This hope all stems from His love, grace, goodness and mercy. That truly is what "Running on Pure Hope" is: running refreshed into the arms of Jesus! – Gretchen Keskeys
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