by Kelly Robinson December 02, 2017

I love awards shows, particularly country music ones.  My husband hates them. (Please don’t hold that against him, he says ‘there is no substance to them’.) I like them not so much for who is winning the award per se, but for the music in-between the awards. The recent CMA’s were amazing as always, however, the “In Memoriam” song that was performed by Carrie Underwood was beyond amazing. It was moving, heartfelt and true. It was the hymn, “Softly and Tenderly.” 

Lyrics to Softly and Tenderly

“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, Calling for you and for me. See, on the portals, He's waiting and watching; Watching for you and for me. Come home, come home, Ye who are weary come home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling; Calling, "O sinner, come home! "O for the wonderful love He has promised, Promised for you and for me. Though we have sinned He has mercy and pardon; Pardon for you and for me. Come home, come home, Ye who are weary come home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling; Calling, "O sinner, come home! “Come home, come home, Ye who are weary come home; Earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling; Calling, "O sinner, come home!"

Alan Jackson. Written by Will L. Thompson • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group.

See the CMA tribute and Carrie Underwood's performance here.


Are we just getting older? I mentioned to a friend recently, "Do you find it odd that so many people that we know died this year?" And, not to mention all the mass shootings we had in the USA alone. A quick“Google search pulled up these stats: 317 mass shootings in 2017 and over 2000 wounded or perished. Tragic. Yet, life as we now know it. We are all aware (I hope) that we live in a fallen world. That Truth is easier to swallow when life is going along swimmingly, isn’t it? However, when people you know, or even know of through a friend perish, it’s a tougher pill to swallow.

My main purpose with this blog was to remember and honor the deaths that touched my life, as well as dear friends lives in 2017. I will list them below (in no particular order), so that the family members of these beloved people will know that their loved one(s) will never be forgotten. 

Solomon writes in The Book of Ecclesiastes, “…the day of death (is) better than the day of birth. It is better to go to a house of mourning than to go to a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart” (Eccl. 7:1-2). Yes, we should take this to heart, we should be reminded afresh of our main purpose and hope. And, we should grieve each person who has left us this year.

Robert C. Lanman

Roy Gene “Jay” Willows

Stacy Lynn Walker

 Dr. John Carver

 Clark Schartz

 Earl Sindecuse

 Dana Snedden

 David Lee Schildt

 Donald O. Hilligoss II

 Timothy Eugene Lynch

 Sean Patrick Johnson

 Neal and Jeanne Patterson

 

           

 

 

 





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