Thirteen years ago I was sitting in a prison cell for the poor choices I had made. I was physically, emotionally and spiritually dying. I did not know how I would survive, as well as how I could productively use the time I was facing. Unaware that God's work had already begun and that incarceration was a factor in saving my life, I asked God for help. It was then that it was impressed upon me to write a musical account of Jesus Christ's Resurrection. Having abandoned my musical gifts many years before and without access to a musical instrument, I had to pause. The impression remained, so I began the work. I now realize that Jesus Christ's Resurrection is the greatest story of hope ever written. It can be denied, but it cannot be disproved. For me, "Risen" is my story of guilt, followed by redemption and forgiveness. I am grateful to God, my family, old friends and new for supporting my transition back to living a healthy and hopeful life. May God bless you.
-Patrick Tully Bednarz
FROM THE COMPOSER AND LYRICIST
Patrick Bednarz is the Central MN Re-Entry Project Director (CMNRP). CMNRP's mission is,
"Creating safer communities by providing ex-offenders the opportunity to transform their lives through mentoring, resources and community partnerships."