I received this note from Ann Van Hine, which she's given me permission to share. She refers to my play about her late husband and my first blog post on 9/11/06.
Good morning Rich,
I just wanted to tell you what a wonderful job you did last evening. You have changed "Five Bells" from the previous times I have seen it and it was even more powerful and more honoring to God.
I smiled yesterday when I got your email mentioning the scripture the Lord had given you: Philippians 4:8 (NIV) Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirableif anything is excellent or praiseworthythink about such things -- that has been one of my favorite scriptures for a long time. With my own children and the children at camp, etc., I would end up quoting it a lot. Right after Sept 11, 2001 (it could have been 9/12), I went to read that scripture and the Lord had me read from the beginning of that chapter -- verse 4 "Rejoice in the Lord always" .... and later it talks about "the peace of God" and still later "I do everything through him who gives me strength." Those passages have been so important to me. I just smiled as the Lord showed you something and at the same time reminded me of his faithfulness.