-- a song in the desert -- day 2

The man pictured above is my mentor, father figure, & friend. 
He has been my inspiration for all things Embrace. 
When I think about planning an event & worshipping God with complete freedom, I think about what Joe would do. Joe has taught me that worshipping Christ doesn't only look one way. We can praise God in whatever capacity we are able.

Joe is super sick.
I visited him in the hospital a few weeks ago & it was hard for me to see him so ill.
We sat together for quite a while watching television. Suddenly, a commercial came on with a song we both knew. Joe's fingers began to move, a smile formed on his face, & his hands tapped his hospital bed to the beat. The music moved him. 

It is my desire to see music move people this Saturday. 
Despite all that may be going on in the lives of our guests, I pray that they would be moved to action. I pray that they would be moved to worship Christ in a way that may seem uncomfortable. Joe was in the  hospital too sick to speak. The music moved him & allowed us to communicate in a different way. 

Let Psalm 96:1-6 become your anthem today. We will face many challenges but He is worthy. As you meditate on these verses, say a prayer for everyone who will be attending embrace. Pray that they would be moved to praise His name not only in our sanctuary, but out in the world. Sing a new song to Him today & let it move you. 

Psalm 96

Sing a new song to the Lord!
    Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
    He is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of other nations are mere idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens!
Honor and majesty surround him;
    strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

xo, Lynn Raye


  1. What an awesome example Joe was/is to you and now to all of us! Thanks for sharing that story.