Somebody asked me once, if I knew what an angel was, since I couldn't see representations of them, or hear them, or touch them. This is what I see.,,, Angels wear halos of faith, that shine with the softest of lights, because they know that a harsh light would push people away. They live their faith sweetly and simply, because they know that demanding faith from others is no way to show the meaning of God's love. They share their blessings even when they have very little, and because of their generosity, others are motivated to share, until the world is no longer in need. They love to give, because they know that to give is to truly receive. They are gracious and humble, because they know the truth of everything is in the Lord's praise of them, not man's. They are joyous in their faith, because they know their home is with Jesus. They speak in gentle voices that make kings and princes bend down to listen, and commoners stand up to be counted. They have wings of music they can spread over the world, so they can reach all the souls who need them through the sound of an universal language that defies all communication barriers, and when they have brought all the lost and needy souls close to listen, they fold their musical wings, so that all the souls come together to form a family, where the strengths of each cancels out the weaknesses of the others. This is my description of an angel, and I hope it won't freak you out or make you feel uncomfortable, if I tell you that I believe you are an angel to this world. Thank you so much, Melinda,,, for everything. It is an honor to be one of your backups.
What beautiful words! You express so wonderfully what we all feel so deeply - that Melinda is a very special person, not only an incredibly talented singer, but also an extraordinary person whose grace comes from her deep and living faith. She's had an impact on each and every one of us, and I think that the backup family formed here is an extraordinary testament to the power of love and faith in this world.
We live in such a deeply cynical and suspicious age, where charlatans and poseurs attain power, influence and celebrity. But we hunger for authentic, genuine role models - people whose lives are marked by integrity, compassion, faith and love. It is no surprise to me that Melinda has attracted the attention, praise, and following that she has since she is an authentic and genuine person who is unembarrassed to live according to her own faith and beliefs.
We backups are lucky to have found her and each other, for in doing so, we are that much freer to become the compassionate, authentic, loving people that we all want to be.