A Tennessee prison was met with an unexpected confession motivated by an even more unexpected source. According to Christian Post, Danny Dashay Holmes confessed to fatally shooting Lopez-Flores on Dec. 16, 2016 and kidnapping Brittany Johnson in Shelbyville. The declaration shocked the court as the murder took place nearly three years ago as noted by Christian Headlines.
Holmes revealed the transformation his life has taken since God called him while incarcerated, convicting him to tell the truth of his crimes. “I knew the Lord was just on me, weighing on me over and over I’m 30-years-old, and I’ve been fighting for nothing all my life. I’ve been fighting for gangs. … I ain’t never fought for anything that made sense. But I knew the Lord was telling me to fight for Him this time. I just knew He was stirring on my spirit,” Holmes shared.
According to the court statement Holmes carried a notebook which contained the lyrics to Redeemed by popular Christian band Big Daddy Weave. He read the lyrics aloud including:
All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, ‘Child lift up your head‘
I remember oh God, You’re not done with me yet
I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
And wipe away every stain now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed.
After reading the lyrics Holmes quoted his conversation with God, “Then You look at this prisoner and say to me, ‘Son, stop fighting a fight that’s already been won,'” That’s when he decided to confess to the murder.
In an interview with the Christian Post, Big Daddy Weave’s lead singer Mike Weaver shared how amazed they are at God using their song to transform Holmes: “We are continually amazed at how God has used this song. The moment we started singing Redeemed stories began to pour in of God’s grace. But as a band, we have nothing to do with the stories we hear about the song, it’s only Jesus. Only He can use a song in this way. We’re so thankful for all God continues to do.”
Holmes pleaded guilty and accepted his life sentence stating, “My consequences deserve a life sentence.” He shared he will be praying for the family of the victim and would serve Jesus for as long as he lives. As he was led away, he turned to his mother and said “Momma, you know I love you. I promise you, your baby boy, he’s going to serve the Lord forever.”