Rich Mullins

Sorry for the posting lapse.  We've been traveling a lot, to Michigan, then Louisville, then back to Nashville.  And then a special treat, the Grandparents McLaughlin are watching the kids while we two get two nights free at a B&B in east Tennessee.  This is where we are.  And it's lovely.

I've been reading this Rich Mullins biography, and came away with a couple new quotes that I really liked, so I'm posting them here, in the hopes that sharing will prevent forgetting.

"It is a beautiful night out - a good strong moon, stars, a beautiful black sky, and Wichita all lit up under it.  I listened to "Adagio for strings" tonight.  It is a beautiful sound, and...maybe I will someday write something as beautiful as "Adagio," something as beautiful as this night.  And if I had a child, I'd tell him to let these things speak to him as I cannot speak, and to see in them what cannot yet be seen in himself, and know that a day is coming when the night will envy his beauty and when "Adagio" will sound like a theory assignment compared to the sound that he will be - one vibrant, shimmering answer that silences the noise of proud skepticism." - Rich Mullins (1955-1997)

"Doctor, without your wounds, where would your power be?  It is your melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men and women.  The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children of this earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.  In love's service only wounded soldiers can serve." - Brennan Manning quoting Thorton Wilder's An Angel That Troubled the Waters