“It is not good for the man to be alone” Gen 2:18 This is the first thing God declared NOT GOOD! You are not meant to be alone! Reach out!
This Thursday part of our daily reading included Genesis 2:18 and Father Larry Richards sent out the tweet above. I can’t help but celebrate that I am not alone on this All is Gift Tour. This is truly a dream come true to travel with my wife, Elizabeth. I have always thought it would be awesome to experience a tour with someone, but I never wanted to create such memories with someone that I couldn’t be certain would last forever!
We have been on the road for a little over a week and have already been to Duluth, MN, Steubenville, OH, Big Rapids, MI, Ann Arbor, MI, and Whitefish Bay, WI.
Each show has been such a gift and I am reminded how much I love to play music for others and thank God for this opportunity!
One of the reflections both Elizabeth and I have had since beginning is that we are both overwhelmed by the generosity of people through their words, time, hospitality, financial contributions, and eagerness to connect us with others and help us in any way. We are finding that we are most certainly not alone!
Although we are technically living in a minivan- which Elizabeth has a hard time identifying; she has attempted to get into a few different Honda Odysseys…I am not sure if she is sending me an indirect message… we have been hosted by incredible people and have quickly felt at home with each host. To keep this brief, some highlights of our stays have included arriving at one of Elizabeth’s family friends practically at midnight and being welcomed to a delicious pot roast and huge hugs, realizing last minute that our Steubenville host was a past classmate at seminary at St. Thomas and he got up at 6 AM before our departure and made us bacon and eggs, staying 3 nights at dear friends in Michigan and leaving with enough food to last us the rest of our tour… Elizabeth cries every time we go on to the next place because she so quickly feels the tug of our hearts as they stretch to make homes in our heart for the people we are leaving. It is with such a tension that we leave people we love yet anticipate the people that we will next encounter.
We are in Wisconsin for the next week playing at Oshkosh, WI today Feb. 16th and Appleton, WI on Friday Feb. 20th and I hope to see you there. As Father Larry Richard so succinctly says in his tweet, reach out to someone around you and let them know they are loved! And remember above all we have a God that loves us, and you are Never Alone.