Long ago was yesterday. In my spirit this morning, as January is about to wave farewell, music calms, inspires and brings me a wholeness I cannot reach by myself.
After Katrina pushed devastation upon New Orleans, when those winds found their voice, I was in Seattle serving as an Interim Conference Minister. Jim Hightower, with whom I shared in ministry for 8 years as Conference Minister in Texas and Louisiana, was a tower of strength to our South Central Conference churches in Louisiana, dealing with Katrina.
I thought it would be good to encourage Washington Churches to link up in caring ministry, where word could become deed, with Jim and the New Orleans churches. To that end, we invited Jim to speak at our Washington/Northern Idaho/Alaska Annual Meeting, held in Yakima.
Jim was beyond powerful. More than our friendship. Truly he is as trusted and respected as anyone I know. He is a therapist with the McFarland Institute and gave hope to a small congregation, Little Farms, in the New Orleans area. At the end of his speech he looked at us, nodded and sang, “It Is Well with my Soul.” You could hear a pin drop on the carpet.
This morning I came upon a linked video and it, like Jim himself, ministered to me. We need wellness now with our soul. For Diane and me personally it is doing everything we can to support Jason. The days are good, the days are scary. The promise of rehabbing sparks, then the medical challenges slam us. In it all, I’ve never been so emboldened as I am now with and by your prayers. So many of you share with me and I then with Diane and Jason, how the company of angels, the gathering of witnesses to love and hope and prayer are embracing us.
Not to say none of you doesn’t know about the battle for the soul. Please know I care about you…fervently and prayerfully…and when I can, literally to be with you.
This morning I’m “linking” again to listen…and to know…the soul is not a stranger to God…and with deep hope, God is not a stranger to us.