And yet, she'd do it again. There's something about hope and a renewed spirit that can make the worst of circumstances bearable.
My friends John and Katherine pointed me (separately) towards a song called "Hallelujah" by Heather Williams. I gave it a quick listen and, frankly, wasn't really struck by anything unusual. Honestly, it sounded a good bit like most of what I'm hearing these days. Nothing really stuck out.
"You gotta watch the video," said John. "You gotta hear this girl's story."
So I dug around, found the video and checked it out.
She tells her story. She sings her song, woven around the story. And I was completely captivated.
Williams shares an incredibly difficult, painful moment - one of the worst things I can imagine happening. The worst of circumstances. And then she says this:
"I kind of consider that day the day that I really became a Christian."
I remember telling a room full of musicians just a week ago that their stories were what really mattered. More than singing, more than being on a platform playing, more than leading. Underneath all the music is the story. My quick judgment of a radio-ready song was replaced when I heard this girl's story - and then listened to her worship.
How about you?
Bonus: she's a blogger!