Don Moen, an American singer-songwriter, has sold over 5 million units of Christian worship music during a career spanning 3 decades. Although he is a Protestant, Moen sang for Saint John Paul II before he became Pope, and more recently sang for Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Square.
A few weeks ago Moen was part of an ecumenical event in Saint Peter's Square. A group of charismatic Catholics called Renewal of the Holy Spirit organized the event, which brought together singers of different faiths. The main message was one of hope, especially for the Christians being persecuted in the Middle East.
"We're praying at this event for those persecuted Christians around the world, people that die for their faith. Their families have become hopeless, wondering if anyone really cares. And I think the message I want to share is that even though the situation may seem hopeless, don't give up hope.”
In keeping with the central theme of hope, Don Moen chose to sing a song which stresses that God always has a plan, despite times of pain and hardship. The song, entitled 'God will make a way,' definitely resonates with the plight of the persecuted Christians, but Moen actually wrote it in response to a tragic episode in his life.
"And I wrote that when my little nephew was killed in a car accident. And I did not know what to say to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. And all the Scriptures that I thought about didn't seem to say the right thing. So I wrote this song for them.”
In the end it seems Moen found the right thing to say to his relatives as well as the Middle Eastern Christians. The 30,000 people crowding St. Peter's Square for the concert seemed to agree.