September 27

An Old Widower Exhibited his Persistent Faith in “Believe”

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6.

The above Bible verse perfectly captured the primary message of the song “Believe” by the American country music duo Brooks & Dunn. It’s a very inspiring song that could move anyone to renew their faith in God. The story of one of the main characters in the song resonates well with anyone of us. At any point in our lives, we go through losing someone important to us. The grief associated with it is sometimes unbearable. More so if the person who’d left is the only loved one we have. The thought of us continuing our life alone in this world inevitably weakens our spirit. For some who aren’t strong enough, they’d simply lose the will to continue living. But for ‘Old Man Wrigley’ who lost his wife and child, having a persistent faith in God is what kept his life going.

The narrator, played by a young boy, met the widower when he went to the old man’s house to bring some stuff (i.e. food, clothing, etc.). His mother asked him to do so. The two immediately became friends after a short conversation. When the boy asked how the old man is keeping his sanity over the tragic loss in his life, his response was simple yet profound. His persistent faith in God made him believe that in no time, he’ll be reunited with his loved ones in heaven. He went on to further explain his answer in the song’s chorus:

I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see
Oh I believe

A Few Facts of the Song

Half of the duo Brooks & Dunn’s Ronnie Dunn co-wrote the touching song “Believe” with Craig Wiseman. The recording of the acoustic ballad also featured his vocals. The second single from the duo’s album, Hillbilly Deluxe, “Believe” came out in October 2005. It became a Top 10 hit for Brooks & Dunn. This single never reached No. 1 though peaking only at No. 8 on the country music chart. However, it has outshined other recording entries at the 2006 Country Music Association Awards. “Believe” not only won one or two but three titles: Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year.

Watch the award-winning music video for “Believe” below.

Jennifer Hudson’s Cover

In 2010, R&B singer and actress Jennifer Hudson sang “Believe” on the 2010 CBS television special, ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn. When asked what motivated her to make a cover of the song,

“It has a gospel inspirational feel,”

was her reply. She added,

“It made the album feel complete. I sang it for Brooks & Dunn at their farewell concert and I fell in love with the song that night. I had to have it on the album and I sent my whole team on a mission to get it. Luckily, we were successful and I was able to record it and really put the Jennifer Hudson spin on it.”

Subsequently, Hudson added her version of the song on her 2011 album, I Remember Me.

Watch her amazing performance of “Believe” below.

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