There’s Something about Rachel
About 5 or 6 years ago on Easter Sunday morning, I walked into church and heard a voice.
“Oh, Happy Day!”
A majestic, powerful voice bursting with joyful soul. It took my breath away. Brought me to the verge of tears. Stopped me in my tracks. I looked up to the stage and thought, “Whoa! Who is THAT?!”
That was my perfect introduction to my friend Rachel. And since that day I’ve come to know the person behind that voice. And I now know that the power and beauty in that awe-inspiring voice is generated by something powerful and beautiful deep inside Rachel. It comes from the very depth of her beautiful soul.
And she has let that bright light shine…
Rachel has worked as a vocal coach, encouraging kids and adults on their musical journey.
Rachel has sung arias with operas and symphony orchestras.
Rachel has hushed noisy nightclubs, belting out rock songs with my friend John Fancher’s band.
Rachel has led congregations into the presence of the divine on Sunday mornings.
She recorded her first album last year.
In this duet “Love Song for Chicago,” Rachel is the 2nd vocalist.
Rachel has made the world a better with her amazing gift.
Last night at 6:30 Rachel called me from Napa California. In a few days she will go under the knife. Numbness and paralyzing pain have wracked her body for the last few weeks. The doctors say it’s a spinal problem. They need to “clean some things out.” And the path they’ll have to take, through Rachel’s neck, could damage her vocal nerves.
It’s by no means a certainty…and we’re praying against it with all we’ve got. But there it is.
Every day I look at a list. It’s a list of my gifts, my passions. My unique talents and skills. Things I should do as much as I possibly can. I know that as I lean into those things I shift atmospheres. I make the world a better place.
What’s on YOUR list? What are your passions? Your unique talents? What do you do that makes the world a better place? What spark in you, no matter how tiny, almost seems divine?
Today, think about Rachel…and be those things that you are.
Oh, Happy Day!
Rachel sang this song for my daughter, Zoe.