Dear Friends in Christ,
Greetings from Texas! I am currently on tour with Legacy Performing Arts and fellow GA members Robin Benson and Krista Severeid. We are bringing Robin's original musical, Angel Corp, to seniors in the Dallas area. We are having an incredible time performing for these wonderful folks.
It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience hearing stories from WWII Nurses and Vets, singing 1940's music with them, and really getting to honor everything that they have done for us. In a world driven by technology, the glorification of the pursuit of fame and self destructive behavior and over-consumption, I sometimes feel like I don't fit in and I certainly worry about how best to raise my daughter. However, when I hear the stories from these folks on how they sacrificed and came together on behalf of their neighbor, I feel hope is alive. They have quietly impacted the world in a positive and amazing way.
This Lenten season we honor hymn writers of the past. This week we honored Carolina Vilhelmina Sandell Berg, often considered the Fanny Crosby of Sweden, who wrote and composed the favorite Swedish hymn, Children of the Heavenly Father. Carolina was the daughter of a Lutheran minister and had a very strong faith from the start. Unfortunately, she spent the first 10 years of her life as a sickly child and at the age of 26 watched from a boat on a lake as her father accidentally fell overboard and drowned. Despite these horrors she still saw hope in the world and wrote amazing hymns that are particular favorites today at baptisms and funerals. She has quietly impacted generations of people the world over.
There is another individual who quietly impacted the world, our dear friend Dorsey Nettles, who passed away last week. He was a gentle and graceful man. I will forever remember how his face would light up when my daughter Ayla would walk over to him. I recall when she was first learning to walk he gently put down his cane, stood behind her holding her arms and helped to guide her wobbly steps across the social hall. He would keep a close eye on her to make sure that she would not fall down or bump her head.
This week has reminded me that because God so loved the world I am called to quietly serve my neighbor with grace and gentleness.
I look forward to worshipping with you when I return and thank David Dare for filling in for me.