It seems the world-wide fame of this blog and the artistic appreciation loosed by our Art Editor Rhod has just got us, well, bursting at the seams.
Hard to know where this gig will go, so I am just riding the wave ... Hey, there's one thing that Nancy Pelosi and I have in common. But I digress ...
So, now I get requests. And now I must confess. A lot of you know me ... DC ... as Daisy Cutter. But in truth, I am Dick Clark, and this is American Bandstand. (Slaps self.) But I digress ... again ...
Back to the program.
Years ago (about 30, actually), one summer I found myself at Estes Park at a conference called Rocky Mountain Getaway ... appropriately enough. At this conference, I met one of the people who encouraged me to get going in this Christian journey; she was a young woman -- about 18 at the time and a freshman at Vanderbilt University.
When she walked out in front of about 500 high school students on the spartan stage at the Estes Park YMCA with only a guitar, I had never heard of her. She had a simple beauty, inside and out. She had the easiest smile I had ever seen. She sang and played the guitar for about 30 minutes and talked ... just talked ... about why she believed what she believed. She captivated the room and made an impact on that day.
That was Amy Grant, before the world had heard much of her. As her life and career progressed, she experienced stardom, divorce, disillusionment from some of her earliest fans and supporters in the Christian community. Some seemed to shun her for admitting to need the grace that we all talked about.
As for me, I always liked her and found her to be real and have a grasp on how fallen mankind needs God's grace.
Recently, I happened across one of her latest, and this one goes out tonight to a friend who requested that I play it. I think it's appropriate, for this one song sums up much of her career and captures authentic grace so well.
Our final dedication this evening goes out to a couple who fell in love long ago, seemingly in a galaxy far, far away ... and they've lost their way.
Once upon a time, this couple had a favorite song that celebrated how the two appreciated the present and the past ... and cherished simply being together, walking in the park ... and dancing in the dark.
So, here's to them, and reminiscing about good times in the future, as well.