A high school open house with my wife and son, a special father-daughter birthday trip to an out of town concert, a new public relations firm engagement to share the Music to Light the World story nationally, and ordering 5,000 “December Peace” CDs to be donated to children with cancer in 70 hospitals across the U.S. All of these have been interwoven into life in a 24-hour span of time, and they have all required me to surrender. One aspect of growing in surrender is learning I cannot “push” things to happen. I have to have faith that God will “pull” things into being that He desires. I have to do my part in listening and following His voice, but then I have to surrender and trust Him to do His part.
Yesterday afternoon I made room in my schedule to watch (and video) my 8th grade son’s rocket launch as part of his space science project. After the 5-4-3-2-1 he got to be the one to press the button, igniting the gun powder and sending the balsa wood rocket about 500 feet high. As it peaked there was a puff of white smoke. A red parachute opened and the rocket floated safely back to earth. Everyone watching experienced a sense of wonder and child-like faith, which connects to why I create music – to help listeners pause and reflect on their own longing for peace, joy and hope . . . for wonder . . . for child-like faith.
Just returned home from playing Friday night through Sunday morning at Church at Charlotte, for a HOPE Cancer Ministry benefit as well as weekend services. Before leaving on this trip I had a very energizing conversation with Will Ackerman in Vermont about the possibility of working together for our fourth recording project next spring. In Charlotte I had a conversation with a lady who had received a CD as a gift from someone and had used the music many, many times in her counseling practice helping clients receive a sense of peace and rest. There were many other special conversations throughout the weekend, including talking with my family back home. Conversations and relationships are gifts to treasure in life’s journey.