Many friends have been asking if we are ok due to the virus that has emerged in China… All is well and in fact it has given me the opportunity to stay home and work on music projects – one that is very close to my heart…
My sweet one-year-old nephew, Ruhi, was born with Down Syndrome and a hole in his heart. Recently he was supposed to undergo heart surgery but thankfully the doctors decided it could wait another 2 years when his heart valves are stronger.
Meanwhile one of the youth who grew up in my neighborhood, Haydn Robarts, has a rare form of cancer and is battling a 3rd round of intense chemotherapy. He is 19 and a close friend of our family.
Please keep both these precious souls in your prayers. I know that prayers from friends around the world will mean so much to these two special families.
When I heard that my nephew needed this surgery and that Haydn needed a challenging treatment, I decided the best gift I could give them would be to set the Long Healing Prayer to music.
This music project has been one of the most challenging pieces I have ever set to music due to the length of the prayer. The prayer has a beautiful rhythm and being able to sing the words repeatedly has been a very special experience. I can’t wait to share it with you…
I was reflecting today on the urgency and timeliness of composing and recording this prayer at this moment with all the crises happening in the world.
As soon as the piece is complete (hopefully within the next month or two), I will send all donors the song by email with a beautiful digital print of the prayer.
To learn more about Down Syndrome, click here. I have learned that children with Down Syndrome have a very special place in this world. I met Ruhi for the first time a few months ago and immediately fell in love with his beauty, his joy of life, and his sweet nature.