Hank Williams, Saint & Sinner

I’ve mentioned that my husband and I have been watching an eight episode documentary on country music.  For other posts about this series see:

The Rub

Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

Make a Friend, Be a Friend, Bring your friend to Christ

The one we viewed last night was about a number of artists, one of them Hank Williams.  Williams led a dark and difficult life.  He was addicted to alcohol and drugs, dealt with chronic pain and his marriage was chaotic.  In spite of this, he had what another artist called “a divine gift.”  He had a way of expressing the pain and loneliness in human life in a way that resonated with just about anybody who heard it.  He could sit and write a song in 15 minutes when inspiration struck.  He was both saint and sinner, as all Christians are.  Saint and Sinner? Really?

In spite of the darkness which in the end seemed to overwhelm him, he had glimpses of the true light of his salvation. This is revealed in what is probably his most famous gospel recording, I Saw the Light.


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About jculler1972

My husband is the retired pastor of St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church in Leitersburg, Maryland. I have two grown daughters, three grandchildren and am retired after a career in Purchasing. I have published articles in The Lutheran Ambassador, Lutheran Witness, and Lutheran Digest. My Bible study on the Book of Acts was published in 2016 by the Women's Missionary Federation of the AFLC(Association of Free Lutheran Churches).

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