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The whole world has been watching in grief at the horror that has been engulfing Aleppo for so many months. It is for that very reason, therefore, that we are releasing a powerful piece of music that Geth Griffith improvised for us earlier this year, specifically with Syria in mind. (Geth is a lecturer in contemporary music from the Royal Northern College of Music).

As I listened again to this piece yesterday morning, verses from chapters 33-35 of the prophet Isaiah came to mind to record with the music. When I came to speak these chapters, however, (I was using the ESV at the time) it did not feel felt right just to read them, so I turned them into more direct language, linking them specifically to the situation in Syria, though also for other extreme situations. You will see what I mean as you listen . . . May the Lord lead you on in your prayers for all the people caught up in the grief of this situation and who carry the deep scars with them . . .