A few years back I was traveling in Tennessee and ended up one night at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. With a bit of luck I ended up with a ticket to the evening show. It is the longest running live radio show in America. As part of the entrance fee, we got a backstage tour and got to stand on the stage and hold the mic that most sing from. It was pretty cool to stand where so many have stood and performed their greatest life’s work.
Later that evening, Randy Owen came on stage. He was the lead for the band Alabama. I remember listening to his music as a young man and would often run the section with his tape playing in my headphones. That evening the Grand Ole Opry was raising funds for St. Judes Children’s Hospital. Randy, through his band and his life’s work, had spearheaded an effort that has raised over 400 million for this work. So he talked about that blessing and then he brought his children and their children on to the stage. And then, two children who were patients from St. Judes came forward and stood with him as they all sang together, Angels Among Us. This was one of my childhood favorite songs of Alabama.
It was powerful. Tears streamed down my face as my mind ran like a motion picture of those heavenly saints and angels who have gone on before us. The earthly saints and angels danced in my mind as I thought of how they continue to teach us to live, pray, give, and guide with the light of love.
Take a moment today to watch this video and reflect on the Saints both in heaven and on earth. Our call to action?????? Be living saints with the life that we have been given!
Peace and Hope