The music industry is replete with tales of challenges and triumphs, but Peg Luke‘s story stands out. Facing the diagnosis of a rare autoimmune disease and having her life’s trajectory drastically altered, the acclaimed musician has emerged stronger, with an unshakable faith and a renewed musical purpose.
Her latest song “Dirt Under His Nails,” is a testament to this transformative journey. More than just a melodic ballad, it’s a profound introspection into the humanity of Jesus Christ, challenging traditional perceptions. The inspiration, drawn from a meditation that highlighted the ‘human’ side of Jesus, transformed Luke’s own beliefs and eventually culminated in this evocative single.
Peg wrote and composed the song herself putting together the compelling lyrics: “He searched high and low/ He bares the scars of His love/ And He is ready to journey some more/ With a pack on his back, sheepskin sandals/ He’s looking for You and Me/ He’s got/ Dirt Under His Nails/ When He healed the sick/ When He cured the lame/ When He walked to Calvary/ He’s got Dirt Under His Nails/ Thorns on His Head/ Tears in His eyes/ Nails in His feet.”
With a rich discography, offering tracks such as: “Dirt Under His Nails,” “Amazing Grace,” “Love Lifted Me,” “The Lord’s Prayer,” “God Will Be My Peace,” “The Greatest Gift,” and “I Am Home, Lord,” Luke’s transition to composing Christian music in her later years, and finding unexpected success in this genre, especially amid personal challenges, showcases her resilience and unwavering commitment to her art.
Watch the music video below:
Listen to “Dirt Under His Nails” here: