Hey all. Wanted to tell you about the...powerful week I had last week.
Omaha: Last year, Sam Thomsen went on a Boy Scott retreat when Tornados ripped through the area killing 4 scouts on the trip. Sam was 13 when he died. His devestated family chose My Savior My God to be one of the songs played at Sam's funeral, the words brought comfort and they recalled Sam 'rocking out' to the chorus when it would come on the radio. Six months later, during the Christmas season, the four families of the boys decided to meet at the camp grounds in remembrance of their lost loved ones. Sharon, Sam's mom, told me she was praying for God to speak peace to her heart when, in the midst of the non-stop Christmas music, My Savior My God was played. Then again the next day on the way home! They invited me to come and perform for Sam's one year memorial and I of course agreed. Meeting the family, the friends and the town was humbling and stirring. I doubt I'll ever cease to marvel at seeing the Lord work peace into the hearts of people in obvious pain. The tears flowed freely that evening as I watched Larry and Sharon in the front row and it seemed that every word I'd ever written was for them to hear.
Sharon told me they'd just bought a Japanese Lilac, which blooms every June, to honor Sam. The worker who helped them buy it not only looked like Sam but shared his name! Store policy demanded the worker's first name and the customer's last name be on the tree, so on yellow tape around the trunk was the name "Sam...Thomsen." As Larry pulled the car around, he rolled down the window and guess what was on the radio...
The next day, I shot a video in Nashville for To God Alone...my first video shoot ever...we'll see :)
Then off to Michigan for my 4th visit to the Big Ticket Festival. We flew into Detroit and drove 4 hours north to arrive 10 minutes after we were supposed to actually begin! So I plugged in my acoustic and told the crowd, "Sorry we're late...if you're interested in stage set up, check out behind me, but if you feel like joining me in worshiping our God, just close your eyes and sing with me!" (or something like that) So by the time we sang Open the Eyes, We Fall Down and Here I Am To Worship (with an acoustic and 1,000+ loud voices!) the band was ready! We rocked out half of our intended set before the shepherd's crooked yanked us off stage, Josh was actually playing for Natalie Grant's set 10 minutes later, then we drove back to Detroit! 3 hours of sleep (2.5) then we flew home. And I've been sleeping ever since.
It's crazy, but I love my job. Thanks for letting me keep it!