I am writing a short note before I go to sleep tonight. I have wanted to do this since LAST Wednesday, the day I finished radiation, the day I breathed out the greatest sigh of relief. The day my new normal began. I have looked for words filled with enough meaning, but at the moment, those words still fail me. They are slowly coming. The greatest thing I have been able to do is to sing songs that describe my heart. Tonight at our HopeUC worship and prayer night I was given the opportunity to lead worship and sing songs that felt like my heart had written them.
For those interested, we sang.. ‘Alive in Us’ (Hillsong), ‘Build Your Kingdom’ (Rend Collective.. the BEST and FUN song!!), ‘In Jesus Name’ (Israel Houghton and myself) ‘Hands to the Heavens’ (Kari Jobe), ‘Your Name /Cry of the Broken’ (Paul Baloche and myself) ’It is Well’ (Bethel Music).. and heaven visited. It was magnificent. Then, we sang ’Sovereign Over Us’ (Michael W Smith). There were a few others woven throughout but those were the main songs for the night.
I have always run to worship when I have no words. Between the historic writers and those who write current day hymns I will be forever grateful. My heart would surely have burst its banks if not for others helping me bring forth praise. My own songs are coming but the words are very personal and will take a little more time to find their flow.
Thank You to the worship team who have stood with me through this journey and helped me play with these songs with authority and a new sense of intentionality.
Thank You to our beautiful church family at HopeUC…. Again, my words will come, but at this stage, just know how much Mark and I admire you and how thankful we are for your courage and love. Thank You to Dave Kobler who preached tonight a powerful message on SONSHIP… being ‘adopted in’.. it truly was the theme of the day at HOPE.
Thank You to all our HopeUC Kids who had their own prayer and worship night, they brought such faith and passion. God is truly at work amongst us.
I am now off to bed and going with a FULL heart. It IS well…
Much much love,