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 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.