Apparently, there is still no solid diagnosis for Nate. They have elminated West Nile Virus now and are looking at possible autoimmune problems. Please pray that today is the day the doctors figure out exactly what's wrong. Thanks.
Last Saturday, I was sitting at the computer when my husband walked in holding up a package and said, "It's for you!"
Saturday + surprise package in the shape of a book = Happy Dance
Inside was Amy Grant's new book, "Mosaic," which I had been wanting to read since I first saw all over Bloganvilla that it was out. Friends, I entered every contest I could in order to win that book. What's up with random generators not picking me, anyway?
But there it was in my hands--and I already knew who it was from before I opened the card, my dear friend Susanne at Living to Tell the Story. She loves me! It's mutual!
So I took a break from writing my speech for the 30th (don't even ask how it's going) and opened to page one. I put it down a couple of hours later after the last page. Yep, that's what I did all right.
Yes, it's well written and sensitive and deep. It calls the reader to an attitude of gratefulness and being in the moment. But I really loved some of the backstories behind her lyrics.
Briefly, the reason I have loved her music so much is that for some reason, in every season of her career, her songs reflected what was going on in my life. (Plus I think her voice is perfect--not too deep, not too high, very natural, simple, elegant. And she just writes great songs.)
In the beginning, there was AMY and MICHAEL W, that was pretty much it for me. I didn't care for other Christian music/performers. I learned to love most contemporary Christian music through them first. I will never understand why people flogged her for "crossover" music. It's not exactly like she spewed profanities or wrote lurid lyrics. What she did was draw in people like me.
In the mid-90s, I was in a depression that lasted, sad to say, a few years. That's about the time that "Behind the Eyes" came out, and I played that CD until ... well, it was ridiculous, but it helped me cope. And now, after all the speculation, hoopla and judgment has been weathered, Amy has returned to classic hymns and songs of redemption, along with contemporary choices.
I have weathered some things, too. I am a more tender person than I was before my trials. I'm more in love with Christ. I admit every day that I still need a Savior. And the same way Jesus called Amy Grant out of her own protective seclusion into the light again, He called me to "come on out," too. I am forgiven. In short, God used her gift and even her brokenness to speak to me when I had trouble hearing anything else.
So thank you, Susanne. You already know this, but I have attached your card in the front of my book to stay there forever, so I will always remember who gave it to me. So, so special!