Monday, March 3, 2008

I pray that you will stay with God

Larry Norman died last week. For those of us younger than I am, which is nearly everyone by now, Larry Norman, with a few others, reinvented Christian music for my generation and for the rest of us during the Jesus Movement of around 1969-1972. I was thankful for his influence then, as I am thankful for every new breakthrough today. Every age has its own needs.

Larry's website posts his final message, dictated to his brother just before he died:

"I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home.

My brother Charles is right, I won't be here much longer. I can't do anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and finance and we will probably still need financial help.

My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside. But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement, transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.

I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again.

Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye.


Goodbye, Larry. And thank you.