Highlights from Monday, Jun 04, 2012
Monday-Friday, June 4-8, 2012
She lost her daughter to a drunk driver. But that's just where Renee Napier's story begins.
Somewhere, a couple of years ago, Carmen remembers having met Renee and being handed a printed copy of her story: a tragic accident, two 20 year old girls--Meagan Napier and Lisa Dickson--killed by a drunk driver. How does someone recover from a loss like that? Or, even if they never recover, how do they find the power to forgive? That question caught someone else's attention: while writing songs for his CD The Story of Your Life, Renee's story fell into Matthew West's hands. Though deeply moved, Matthew chose to hold on to the story and only later to put its message into a song. Sharing it with Renee would have to wait for the right moment. That moment happened in our studios.
LISTEN Matthew West took time away from home to fly in and conspire to surprise Renee.
LISTEN Renee began to tell her story by introducing us to her family, including her twin daugthers, Carmen and Meagan.
LISTEN It was a beautiful day when Meagan and her friend Lisa decided to spend some time on the beach, little knowing they wouldn't return.
LISTEN Renee's first response to the news was shock, but even in those moments, God's love and comfort became evident through the response of family and friends.
LISTEN Renee met Eric, the 24 year old who killed her daughter, and began to put a face on this tragedy.
LISTEN Though he was sentenced to 22 years in prison, Renee was led to get that sentence cut in half.
LISTEN Forgiveness brings freedom to two hearts, not just one. And freedom changes you.
LISTEN Renee had NO IDEA that Matthew wrote a song from her story. . .and waiting in the other room was a second surprise!
GET THE SONG Matthew's site gives info on where to find and download the song.
LISTEN Finally, Matthew can share his part of the story with Renee, both of them overflowing with joy and thankfulness
READ Here's where you can find Renee's story and Matthew's devotional thoughts in print.
Thank you for praying for our buddy and last year's Summer Cruise guest,Chris August. We caught up with Chris this week to hear him describe his accident and recovery, hear some new music and to, uh, reassure ourselves.
LISTEN We "road-tested" Chris to make sure his head injury hadn't stolen his memories!
LISTEN Chris gives God credit for his amazing recovery from a serious brain injury and describes the accident.
LISTEN Chris talks about how his songs from his upcoming album, especially "Center of It," have been speaking to him!
GET READY Here's a link to his new album, The Upside of Down, where you'll (eventually) be able to hear snippets from the songs.
LEARN Head and brain injuries are serious, but there is support! Click the link for resources from the brain injury resource center.
You drove the show again on a No Net Wednesday! Great job!
LISTEN Tomorrow, this teacher has to say goodbye to students she's had for two years.
LISTEN This was an interesting question. How would YOU answer?
LISTEN Since Dave and Bill are experienced dads, this mom-to-be picked their brains.
LISTEN How do we know if it's God speaking?
LEARN Here's the book Bill mentioned. Get it. Read it!