|Daniel, Michael and one-sock Nicky|
This evening is my last evening here in Asheville, NC leading worship at Billy Graham's Training Center for the Samaritan's Purse staff. My band drove in on Monday from Nashville and Atlanta and we dusted off some great hymns like How Great Thou Art, Come Thou Fount, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, Jesus Paid It All, Holy Holy Holy and It Is Well With My Soul. We also rocked some "old" favorites like Our God Reigns, Shout To The Lord, Because He Lives and You Are Holy (Prince Of Peace). They were certainly fun to re-learn (or Learn!) how to play and I believe those songs from our collective past made it really easy to enter into worship, focusing on the words and their meaning. We also played a few "Shustunes": My Savior My God, My Hope is In You, My Matchless...Matchless, Risen Today, of course you can't go wrong with a Chris Tomlin song or 5. But I think my favorite moment was playing a new song that I wrote 2 days before Michael was born on January 13th of this year. It was the first time introducing it with the band and I am so excited about how it sounds. It went over really well I believe. (At least I loved singing it!) It's the only song I felt comfortable playing 3 times during the week. :)
I also wrote a part of a song after I walked down to the beautiful Chapel that Ruth Graham designed. I loved that so much too that we played it the next night. This place is so restful and the Spirit just seems to be speaking so loudly, if you'll listen you can't help but hear Him. What a legacy of God's work through the lives of Billy, Franklin and now Will Graham. Men after God's own heart. Will spoke most of the week and he was fantastic. Opened up my eyes about I Samuel 1-3. My favorite quote of the week was a Billy quote: "Everyone wants to stay on the mountain top, but the fruit is in the valleys!"
Tomorrow I fly home to see my family! Michael has been slowing down when drinking his bottle, a indication that he is having more difficulty getting enough oxygen to his blood while he drinks. So I'm guessing his open heart surgery could be this month. There is a small window at the end of March and the beginning of April that I will be home, hopefully the surgery can take place then, otherwise, I will fly out of wherever I am on the Called To Love Tour to go home with my family for a time.
Honestly, I'm asking the God of Wonders who healed Nicky's Eosinophilic Esophagitis with a bat of His eyelash to give my Michael a whole heart with 4 walls and 2 valves before surgery even happens. God will accomplish His perfect plan regardless what I ask for, but sometimes we have not because we ask not.
Sorry for the month off the blog. I was soaking up family time, can ya blame me? ;)
Thanks for caring.