When Stephanie Pugh had a dream in 2020 about addiction, shame, brokenness, and Christ’s ability to lift us above these challenges, she knew she needed to write a song about it. In hopes of capturing the message of Christ’s perfect love, she opens the line with “Jesus loves the wounded. This is why he came. To lift me when I’m drowning. In this, there is no shame.”
Stephanie says, “I wrote the song ‘I am Why He Came’ in response to a dream God gave me. In the dream, a dear friend was passing out due to an unknown cause. I was trying to take her to the hospital, but every few minutes a stranger pulled her out of my car and threw her onto the road. My friend was so ashamed and wouldn’t tell me what was causing her physical sickness. I kept assuring her that I didn’t care what she had done, but that I just wanted to help her. She finally told me she had been using heroin. I told her I would keep pulling her back into my car as many times as she was thrown out, and make sure she got all the help and support she needed. Then, I woke up, and the words: ‘Jesus loves the addict. This is why he came,’ were burned into my mind, and I opened my mouth and sang the melody out loud. I felt the love of the Savior so strongly and knew that the stranger in the dream represented the adversary. He tries to convince us we should stay lying on the road, alone, hiding in our own shame. But the Savior continues to put us back in the car. He wants to bring us home.”
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.