Kirk Franklin is a phenomenally successful and beloved musician. I’ve been a fan since 1993. Songs from his debut album, are all-time favorites and on my regular gospel inspiration rotation. Since 1993, he has produced fifteen albums, several with five named groups. His latest album, Father’s Day was released on October 6, 2023. Shortly before the album’s release, Kirk released a short documentary by the same name. Watch it here:
His documentary is very poignant and sad. As expected, with a focus on abandonment and adoption, his pain is palpable.
Three things came to mind while watching.
- 1. What is it about people who grow up fending for themselves that lead to extraordinary lives?
- 2. What is his mother’s story? It’s clear he doesn’t know the half of it.
- 3. Does he really believe he hasn’t learned love in all these years with the anointing his music has?
Despite his tremendous success, Kirk says he has always been the most insecure man in the room because he has never known the love of his mother or father.
I don’t discount that. I certainly understand him. However, I know that love cannot flow from a place where love does not exist. His music is pure love and joy. Deeply so. He specifies that he has never been able to receive love. He gives a lot, but he’s not taking it in. Profound and sad.
Know that you are blessed as you are. Continue to be blessed as you go.