This wasn't going to be an ordinary Monday.
And indeed, it wasn't -- for a lot reasons, though three stand above the rest.
From the moment Joni Eareckson Tada arrived at our offices, hymns filled our hallways. Melodious, moving and meaningful hymns sung acapella.
Joni had come to record "Joni and Friends®" and "Diamonds in the Dust" features. The list of programs to record included a weeklong series on the Paralympics and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In the midst of the recording, Joni stopped to pray . . . asking God to give her breath, strength, and a pain-free day to complete the recordings. She then resumed the recording and finished all that was on the docket for the day.
During lunch fellowship, Joni and Ken shared about the Family Retreat they'd just attended - sharing about everything from talent show antics to colored wigs. Joni had to stop and gain her composure as she compassionately shared one dad's answer to her question regarding what he most appreciated about the camp. The father of an autistic son replied, "The naps." He explained that when he gets home from work, he takes over tending to his son from his wife, he goes to bed late and rises early the next day for work. Naps were a luxury of years past. At the Retreat, he knew his son was well cared for by the volunteers and so, he could nap.
Not an ordinary Monday indeed . . . then again, any day with Joni around is extraordinary!
Lee Ann Jackson
We Connect. Ministry and Media.
P.S. If you aren't a current "Joni and Friends®" station partner and would like to either or both of the weeklong series (Paralympics and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month), just let me know!Download Promo Pack File »