Sunday, February 10, 2013

Stronger - Theology & Popular Music

I'm posting my theological reflections on Kelly Clarkson's song, Stronger, since she just won best Pop album at the Grammys. Here it is:

Stronger
Kelly Clarkson
Genre: Pop


About a year and a half ago I went through a particularly painful transition that was induced by external and internal organizational factors. I felt I was being crushed, but interiorly I knew, I would not let this destroy me. This song came out soon after and became my anthem. People can throw you a punch that you did not see coming, but it’s how you deal with it that makes all the difference.

Kelly speaks in this song about broken relationships and self-empowerment. There is defiance in the voice that expresses a resolution that someone’s inconsideration, betrayal or selfishness will not bring us down. People cannot break us because we are worth something regardless of their acceptance or even in spite of their injustice. Respecting ourselves prevents us from being destroyed by another and makes us stronger and more self-confident.

Life’s losses are occasions for reflecting on who we really are and what is our purpose in life. We sometimes struggle to latch onto that thread of courage to keep moving forward without seeing any hope of consolation. Yet, the more we see painful occasions as opportunity for growth and moments of grace the more we cultivate interior strength and serenity. God's grace comes to us in powerful ways during times of difficulty. It requires an attentiveness to the spirit to recognize those expressions of grace and they can redeem the entire challenging situation. 

2 comments:

let's jet! said...

Hi Sister. Music is just magic like that! Every so often a song comes along that nails my emotions. And..it feels GREAT to know that just maybe someone else in this big old world has felt exactly as I have during the dark moments. :) Thanks for sharing!

Sr Nancy said...

Thanks for your comment! God works through all situations to help us come to believe that he is in charge and we just need to trust in him! Music has the power to reach down deep within us to come in touch with those emotions so we can bring them before the Lord with faith. God bless you! Thanks for sharing!