FOOTPRINTS SONG: HOPE IN FOOTPRINTS

I think Voices of Service quartet beautifully presents any song they sing, but I especially enjoy hearing them sing “Footprints in the Sand” (by Simon Cowell, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson, and Richard Page). The lyrics are so full of hope, and the quartet’s harmonies are outstanding.

Below are the lyrics that they sang with piano accompaniment on America’s Got Talent finale. I invite you to listen on youtube.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

“You walked with me,
Footprints in the sand and helped me understand where I’m going.

You walked with me when I was all alone with so much unknown along the way.

And I heard You say, I promise you I’m always there when your heart is filled with sorrow and despair.

And I’ll carry you when you need a friend;You’ll find My footprints in the sand.

When I’m weary, I know You’ll hear me, And I can feel You When You say…

I promise you I’m always there when your heart is full of sadness and despair, and I’ll carry you when you need a friend. You’ll find My footprints in the sand.

I promise you I’m always there when your heart is full of sadness and despair; I’ll carry you when you need a friend. You’ll find my footprints in the sand.”

The beautiful song as originally written   included additional lyrics. Voices of Service’s slightly shorter version shared enough to offer needed hope, beautiful sound, and a message of truth.

The comforting concept of God carrying us is found in the Bible: “…and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you.”  (Deuteronomy 1:31)

VOICES OF SERVICE: HOPE TO HEROES

I became aware of Voices of Service, an amazing acapella quartet, when they competed on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” (season 14). I instantly became a fan because of the beautiful blend of their voices and their smooth harmonies. I appreciate their mission and their hearts even more than I appreciate their voices.

The quartet from Virginia is composed of Master Sergeant Caleb Green, Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna, Sgt. Major Christal Rheams, and Retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry. They use  their music as therapy for military members who deal with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries. Voices of Service brings healing and hope to America’s heroes.

In the AGT finale this week Voices placed in the top 5 of an extremely close competition. This season offered some of the most talented contestants ever. So many are definitely winner-caliber.

(Congratulations, AGT contestants! Your talents have impressed and touched us these past weeks. May you use wisely the opportunities in your future.)

Master Sergeant Caleb Green explained well the Voices of Service quartet’s nobler priority than just winning top prize of a million dollars:

“We want to touch a million lives. We want to make a difference there.”  (Green)*

With this perspective and future opportunities to make a difference Voices of Service is already a winner. So are the ones they help find hope and healing.

Thanks, Lord, for blessing us with Voices of Service and for the hope they bring our heroes!

 

“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away; Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.” (Psalm 6: 2)

“The Lord will sustain him upon his sickbed; In his illness, You restore him to health.” (Psalm 41: 3)

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.” (Psalm 103: 2-4)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147: 3)

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17: 22)

“Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved, For You are my praise.” (Jeremiah 17: 14)

“Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace and truth.” (Jeremiah 33: 6)

“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” (III John 1: 2)

* Green’s quote was included in WTOP News’ “After America’s Got Talent, Virginia military singers’ mission continues” by Jack Pointer, 9/19/19.

Watch for more about Voices of Service in my next blog post.

OVERCOMER: HOPE, HUMOR, HEART

If you’re a fan of the films of the Kendrick brothers (Director Alex Kendrick and Producer Stephen Kendrick), then you may have watched their newest release, “Overcomer.”

It’s a mix of hope, humor, and heart (overcomermovie.com). If you’ve seen it, then I suspect you agree. If you haven’t, then I recommend you make plans to see it.

Endorsements are numerous and impressive. In the first couple of weeks after its release the box office proceeds have exceeded the film’s budget by millions. Clearly others besides me want to see this kind of family-friendly movie.

If you’re in need of more hope, humor, and heart in your life, then go experience “Overcomer.” Remember to tell others about it. Chances are their lives would benefit from such a film as well.

Thank you, Kendrick brothers and crew! God is blessing your efforts, and we are blessed as a result.

Their other inspirational films that have given us hope include “Facing the Giants,” “Courageous,” “Fireproof,” “War Room,” and more.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (Phillipians 4:8)