Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Travis Tritt - Great day to be alive (live)

As I shared earlier, my mom had a stroke about a month ago. She went into the hospital on a Saturday, and we spent the week with her, watching her get a little better, a little worse, a little dopey from some good tranquilizers and most of all - we watched her get really strong as she faced her mortality head on. My mom's always been really strong in my eyes. She's faced some pretty huge challenges in life with more grace and strength than she gives herself credit. This was no exception. The Friday after her stroke, she had a stint placed in her carotid artery. My dad and I waited with a few of her good friends while she went into surgery - hoping, praying, trying to stay calm. Thankfully, it went well and mom has continued to improve. She's in a little speech and occupational rehab. If you met her on the street, you'd never know she had a stroke. I'm impressed and inspired by her strength.

Anyway, so that Friday, after the surgery and mom was safe and resting in ICU, I took my dad to eat, then headed home. On the way home, I heard this song. It's always been a favorite of mine. That day it had more meaning...and I cranked it. I mean CRANKED it and sang it at the top of my lungs. Tears streaming down my face, I "howled at the moon - ah oooooh". I would hardly call Travis Tritt a praise and worship leader, but that Friday night in August, I worshipped like nobody's business.


Bezner said...

Awesome story.

Tracy said...

Those are by far my most favorite encounters with God... the non-traditional kind! What a fun song!

Sandi said...

Sorry about your mom!

I am so glad I found your blog so I can stay in touch with the awesome Weir family!