been a year since I started these online ramblings.
And what a year! Let me start by saying how
grateful I am to each of you who read, and who
listen, and who support this ministry by sharing my
stories and my music with others. Every once
in a while someone will shoot me an e-mail or toss a
note in the mail sharing with me how something in my
music has touched a spot in his or her life. I
am humbled by these messages, for they are so
personal and intimate. Thank you for being
willing to share your thoughts with me.
has been a truly amazing time. My first
attempt at touring left me totally exhausted, but
invigorated at the same time. I have so
enjoyed making new acquaintances throughout Texas,
Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The Body of Christ is
such a beautiful thing to behold, and I have been
blessed to have witnessed a portion of it, expanding
across three states and thousands of miles.
I returned home in time to witness the
transformation from earthly life to eternal life.
The day I arrived to my parents' home - a stop over
before returning to Austin - my grandmother elected
to cease her kidney dialysis. Even in my days
of practicing estate planning and probate law, I've
never before had an experience like this. I
sat on the edge of her bed and together we planned
her memorial service. . . choosing scripture and
song. We picked out the outfit she wished to
be buried in. She gave me a list of names of
people to call that she wanted to say a personal
goodbye to before she slipped into the coma that
would be induced by the toxins building up in her
system. Her pastor came to the house, and we
celebrated a final communion together as a family in
one of the most touching and intimate worship
experiences I can remember. We laughed and
cried. And I saw a peace on her face like I'd
never seen before. As I write, Grandma is in a
coma. We're looking at a matter of hours.
Grandma told me how excited she is to meet her
Maker, and to be reunited with my grandfather and
with their children who died at birth. And,
though I'm weary and bone tired, I am at peace.
God is in control, and in that, I find deep peace.
much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and I
wish for you that peace that passes all
Grace and peace
to you as you journey.
Yours in Christ,