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May 11, 2019
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Bill & Gloria Gaither: Precious Memories

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  • Bill Gaither: Life is made up of moments...
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  • ... like turning the pages of a photograph album.
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  • Our memories preserve for us the relationships...
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  • ... and events that tell the stories of each of our lives.
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  • Happy, sad, joyful, and painful.
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  • The memories of our days make up the fabric...
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  • ... of who we are.
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  • (Choir Singing) Precious Memories
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  • How they linger
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  • How they ever flood my soul
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  • Bill Gaither: An unforgettable memory was made when dozens of friends...
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  • ... who had spent their lives in gospel music...
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  • ... gathered to sings some songs from their own...
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  • ... personal treasure of memories.
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  • For these folks, many precious memories...
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  • ... had begun around a piano somewhere.
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  • They're sharing songs about how their lives have been changed...
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  • ... by God's amazing grace.
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  • Precious scenes unfold
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  • - Saddle up your horses.
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  • We got a trail to blaze.
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  • Bill: In our field, it is often the songwriters,
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  • the storytellers, the idea people
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  • who have the greatest impact
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  • and who survive the turbulent tides of our culture
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  • and changing taste in music.
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  • Steven Curtis Chapman is one of those troubadours.
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  • - No better place on Earth
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  • than the road that leads to heaven.
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  • Bill: Born in Paducah, Kentucky,
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  • Steven's gift for telling the story
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  • led him into a life of music,
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  • and his love of God led him into a life of service.
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  • - My Redeemer is faithful and true.
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  • And everything He has said, He will do.
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  • So I will dance with Cinderella
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  • while she's here in my arms.
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  • Bill: Steven, like all of us,
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  • is no stranger to heartache and loss.
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  • But he and his wife, Mary Beth,
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  • have shown the world what joy in the journey
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  • really looks like.
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  • - I will be here
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  • so you can cry on my shoulder.
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  • Bill: There was no way that Steven could have foreseen
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  • where a guitar and a good story would take him,
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  • but as Robert Frost once said,
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  • knowing how way leads on to way,
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  • he doubted that he should ever go back.
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  • - His strength is perfect
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  • when our strength is gone.
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  • Bill: Hi, I'm Bill Gaither,
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  • and today Steven and his wife, Mary Beth,
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  • are here at Gaither Studios
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  • in my hometown of Alexandria, Indiana.
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  • We're talking about this couple's incredible story,
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  • and Steven is going to treat us
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  • to live acoustic performances of the hits
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  • that were inspired by their adventures together.
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  • Join us now
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  • for "Steven Curtis Chapman: A Great Adventure."
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  • - I started out this morning in the usual way,
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  • chasing thoughts inside my head
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  • of all I had to do today.
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  • Another time around the circle.
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  • Try to make it better than the last.
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  • I opened up the Bible,
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  • and I read about you and me.
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  • It said we'd all been prisoners
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  • and God's grace had set us all free.
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  • Somewhere between the pages,
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  • it hit me like a lightning bolt.
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  • I saw a big frontier in front of me,
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  • and I heard somebody say "Let's go!"
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  • Saddle up your horses.
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  • We've got a trail to blaze...
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  • Oh-oh, oh-oh!
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  • Through the wild blue yonder of God's Amazing grace.
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  • Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown.
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  • This is a life like no other.
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  • Whoa-oh!
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  • This is the great adventure.
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  • So come on, get ready
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  • for the ride of your life.
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  • Gonna leave long-faced religion
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  • in a cloud of dust behind
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  • and discover all the new horizons
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  • just waiting to be explored.
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  • This is what we were created for.
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  • Saddle up your horses.
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  • We got a trail to blaze...
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  • through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace.
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  • Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown.
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  • This is a life like no other.
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  • Whoa-oh!
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  • This is the great adventure.
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  • We'll travel on,
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  • over mountains so high.
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  • We'll go through valleys so low.
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  • And still through it all, we'll find that
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  • this is the greatest journey
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  • that the human heart will ever see.
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  • The love of God, it will take us far
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  • beyond our wildest dream.
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  • Saddle up your horses.
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  • We've got a trail to blaze
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  • through the wild blue yonder of God's amazing grace.
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  • Let's follow our leader into the glorious unknown.
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  • This is a life like no other.
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  • Whoa-oh!
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  • This is a great adventure.
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  • Yeah-yeah!
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  • This is a great adventure.
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  • [cheers and applause]
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  • Thank you!
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  • [musical flourish]
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  • - Steven, I can't tell you
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  • how much I've been looking forward to this day.
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  • I keep thinking back to the first time
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  • that I met you as a kid...
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  • - Phew! - When you were at Anderson
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  • University with your brother?
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  • - Yep, yep.
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  • My brother Herbie.
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  • - And then we had a mutual friend...
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  • - Yeah.
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  • - Uh, Danny Daniels, who was a--
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  • Who was-- - Brought us together.
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  • Very instrumental in that process, yeah.
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  • We were-- well, my brother and I--
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  • and you'll remember, you know, all of this,
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  • but my brother and I were working--
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  • I'd graduated from high school,
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  • and we had got a job working at Opryland USA,
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  • in that little amusement park in Nashville.
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  • And we were doing a summer show,
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  • country music show.
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  • I was singing George Jones.
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  • He stopped loving her today.
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  • - [laughs] - And then
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  • somehow, in the midst of that,
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  • this kid came up after the concert
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  • named Danny Daniels,
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  • who was a student at Anderson College--
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  • at the time, Anderson College.
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  • And he said, "Somebody--
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  • "I was talking to some performers,
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  • "and they said you guys are Christians and that maybe--
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  • "Steve, you write some gospel music.
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  • "And I'm involved and interested
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  • "and play gospel music.
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  • Play me some songs."
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  • And I sat down at a piano, there at the--
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  • just at our little venue where our concert was that night,
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  • played him a couple of songs I'd written.
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  • And he said, "Wow, those are actually pretty good.
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  • "Have you-- we should get those recorded,
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  • "and I want to give 'em to a good friend of mine
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  • "who might--you know, who might be able to help you out
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  • getting these songs heard or get--maybe publish 'em."
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  • And he brought these songs
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  • back to his good friend, Bill Gaither.
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  • And, uh... - Aww, shucks.
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  • - Yeah. And--and I was--
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  • I was blown away when I got the first phone call.
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  • I was--I went on to college, and I was pre-med.
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  • I was struggling through every chemistry class
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  • and calculus class, going, "What am I doing here?
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  • And I think the first call actually I got
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  • was from Gary McSpadden.
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  • 'Cause you and Gary had a little publishing company.
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  • - We had a little publishing company.
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  • - Yeah, and you--and you guys
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  • said, "Hey, we'd like to work with you."
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  • And, boy, I could not get out of pre-med quick enough...
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  • - [laughs] - To transfer.
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  • And I found out about Anderson University.
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  • I found out about the music program that you were--
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  • you and Gloria were very instrumental in, I think,
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  • even helping get that program started, as I understand it.
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  • - And there were a couple more folks.
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  • You know, Sandi Patty had gone there.
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  • - Yeah, Sandi had just finished, yeah.
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  • - Ray Boltz had been around. - Right.
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  • - Yeah, so--so we had-- we had some musicians.
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  • I've been looking forward to this day,
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  • because we're going to explore your journey,
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  • starting with that day.
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  • And I love this next song that you're gonna do.
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  • I was listening to it last night.
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  • Remember to remember.
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  • I don't know who first said this quote,
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  • but I've said it many times, and at this stage,
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  • I just assume that I said it myself.
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  • [laughter]
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  • - But-- - That's safe to assume.
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  • - But some wise person one time said,
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  • "You show me a man who doesn't know where he's been,
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  • "and I'll show you a person
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  • who does not know where he's going."
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  • - Mm. - And...
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  • I love that quote. - Wow.
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  • - And this song talks about
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  • the importance of remembering where you've come from.
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  • [soulful guitar music]
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  • - Well, I've been looking back over my shoulder,
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  • retracing every step, trying to unforget.
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  • And I see the mountaintops I've journeyed over
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  • and I see the valleys deep
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  • where I crawled on my hands and knees.
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  • Pages of memories filled with joy
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  • and stained with tears.
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  • They call my name and if I listen,
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  • I can hear them saying,
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  • "Remember the way He led you
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  • "up to the top of the highest mountain.
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  • "Remember the way He carried you
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  • "through the deepest dark.
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  • "Remember His promises
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  • for every step on the road ahead."
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  • Look where you've been and where you're going
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  • and remember to remember.
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  • Remember.
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  • Remember.
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  • Oh, ah, oh, oh.
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  • And now I'm looking out at the road that's waiting,
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  • but my eyes can only see so far out ahead of me.
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  • As sure as the sun will shine,
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  • there'll be more mountains I will climb
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  • and more deep, dark shadowlands
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  • where desperate faith is all I have.
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  • Until I'm home, I'm resting all my hope and trust
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  • in the only One whose name is: God with Us.
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  • Remember the way He led you
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  • up to the top of the highest mountain.
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  • Remember the way He carried us
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  • through the deepest dark.
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  • Remember His promises
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  • for every step on the road ahead.
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  • Look where you've been and where you're going
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  • and remember to remember.
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  • Remember the day is coming
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  • when He's gonna wipe the tears away.
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  • He'll look in our eyes and say,
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  • "Remember the way I led you
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  • "up the mountain.
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  • Remember the way I carried you."
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  • Oh.
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  • "Remember the way I led you
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  • "up to the top of the highest mountain.
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  • "Remember the way I carried you
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  • "through the deepest dark.
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  • "Remember My promises
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  • for every step on the road ahead."
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  • Look where you've been and where you're going.
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  • Look where you've been and where you're going
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  • and remember to remember.
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  • Oh, remember to remember.
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  • And remember to remember.
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  • [cheers and applause]
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  • Thank you.
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  • - You know, we are all a composite
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  • and not sing at least a couple of the songs
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  • that really shaped me as a-- as a songwriter
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  • of wanting to--
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  • wanting to communicate truth
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  • that had such an impact on my life.
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  • And do it in a conversational way.
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  • We talked earlier about how
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  • having watched the transformation in my family--
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  • and my dad who loved Country music
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  • and loved all styles of music,
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  • but particularly folk, Country, bluegrass.
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  • We began to sing as a family together.
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  • Because music was such a part of our lives.
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  • And as a family, we began to pray together,
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  • we began to just--it was a relationship with Jesus.
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  • It wasn't religion, and--
  • 00:14:37.190 --> 00:14:39.220
  • And music, as a result,
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  • my dad's music began to shift as well.
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  • And the first song we sang together as a family
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  • that I remember was "He Touched Me."
  • 00:14:48.150 --> 00:14:51.110
  • And that song represented so much,
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  • and it wasn't just a song for my dad and my family.
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  • It was a song that really was our testimony.
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  • My dad would say, "I love this song,
  • 00:14:59.070 --> 00:15:00.220
  • "'cause that's exactly what happened.
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  • Jesus touched my life and our whole family."
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  • And so from there, you know, so many of--
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  • My dad became minister of music in our church for a while.
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  • And every Sunday, we were singing a song
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  • out of the "Bill Gaither Vocal"--you know,
  • 00:15:14.090 --> 00:15:16.080
  • "Choral Series, Volume 1 through 25" or whatever it was.
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  • I mean, there were--you know,
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  • it seemed like just an endless supply of awesome songs.
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  • And I loved 'em because I could relate
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  • and I could understand, you know.
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  • And it--even then,
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  • you both were discipling this young guy
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  • who was following what these songs were saying.
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  • And it was, you know, those seeds
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  • were getting planted in my heart.
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  • So I thank you for that.
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  • And, um, so I'm gonna try to do a few of those--
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  • just a little medley of some of the songs
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  • that are so special to me and to my family.
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  • [mellow guitar music]
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  • Shackled by a heavy burden,
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  • 'neath a load of guilt and shame.
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  • Then the hand of Jesus touched me,
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  • and now I am no longer the same.
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  • He touched me.
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  • Oh, He touched me.
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  • And, oh, the joy
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  • that floods my soul.
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  • And something happened,
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  • and now I know
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  • He touched me
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  • and made me whole.
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  • Jesus, Jesus, Jesus:
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  • there's just something about that name.
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  • Master, Savior, Jesus,
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  • like a fragrance after the rain.
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  • Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
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  • let all heaven and earth proclaim.
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  • Kings and kingdoms will all pass away,
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  • But there's something about
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  • that name.
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  • Because He lives,
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  • I can face tomorrow.
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  • Because He lives,
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  • all fear is gone.
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  • Because I know,
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  • I know He holds the future
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  • and life is worth the living
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  • just because He lives.
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  • And life is worth the living
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  • just because He lives.
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  • 00:19:14.060 --> 00:19:21.070
  • [cheers and applause]
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  • Thank you.
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  • [cheers and applause]
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  • [indistinct chatter]
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  • I remember that little spot.
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  • Bill: Gaither Studios is just down the road
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  • from the place where Steven
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  • and his wife, Mary Beth, first met.
  • 00:19:46.160 --> 00:19:48.180
  • So while they were in town,
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  • Gloria and I met them on the campus of Anderson University,
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  • and they took us to the campus mailbox.
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  • Was this here--Was this here when you were here?
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  • Where their life together first started.
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  • - This is-- yeah, this is where--
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  • - I cannot.
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  • - What was the number? - Where we met.
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  • - That's what we-- we can't remember exactly.
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  • - Come on.
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  • Mary Beth: I'm thinking it was somewhere--
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  • Bill: What was the area?
  • 00:20:07.200 --> 00:20:08.200
  • Gloria: Aren't they alphabetical?
  • 00:20:08.210 --> 00:20:09.250
  • No, evidently not.
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  • Bill: But you had mail from home.
  • 00:20:11.240 --> 00:20:12.280
  • - But there was mail, and I was so excited,
  • 00:20:12.290 --> 00:20:14.020
  • 'cause I went, "Hey, I've got mail."
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  • - And see, Herbie-- - And I pulled it out,
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  • and I was like--
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  • "Mary Beth Chapman."
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  • And I'm not making this up.
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  • You've heard me say this before.
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  • But I am 100% truthful.
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  • I looked at the mail, and I thought, "Mary Beth Chapman."
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  • You know, people meet their, like, their husband or wife
  • 00:20:29.140 --> 00:20:33.180
  • in college sometimes.
  • 00:20:33.190 --> 00:20:35.080
  • And I thought, "How weird would it be to be--
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:37.280
  • "to, like, meet this person
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  • and marry somebody with the same last name?"
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  • 'Cause I just-- - You didn't.
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  • - I thought that thought. I really did.
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  • For some reason, I had that thought,
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  • 'cause I thought, "Man, that's so weird.
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  • "Meet someone-- what if Mary Beth Chapman
  • 00:20:48.010 --> 00:20:50.010
  • "was, like, awesome,
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  • and I married her?"
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  • - And I was.
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  • - And she was. She was awesome.
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  • - And you did. - She was awesome, and I did.
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  • - [laughs]
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  • [lively guitar music]
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  • [lively guitar music]
  • 00:21:06.210 --> 00:21:13.290
  • 00:21:14.000 --> 00:21:18.210
  • in a small Kentucky town,
  • 00:21:18.220 --> 00:21:23.110
  • I drew my first breath one cold November morning.
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  • And before my feet had even touched the ground,
  • 00:21:27.020 --> 00:21:32.110
  • with the doctors and the nurses gathered around,
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  • I started to dance.
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  • Yeah-yeah.
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  • I started to dance, yeah.
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  • Yeah.
  • 00:21:43.170 --> 00:21:44.160
  • 00:21:44.170 --> 00:21:47.120
  • A little boy full of wide-eyed wonder,
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  • footloose and fancy free.
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  • But it would happen, as it does for every dancer,
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  • that I'd stumble on a truth I couldn't see
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  • and find a longing deep inside of me, yeah.
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  • It said, "I am the heart. I need the heartbeat.
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  • "I'm the eyes. I need the sight."
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  • I see clearly I am just a body.
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  • I need the life.
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  • I move my feet. I go through the motions.
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  • Who'll give purpose to chance?
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  • I am the dancer.
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  • I need the Lord of the dance.
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  • Yeah-yeah.
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  • [scatting]
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  • Yeah.
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  • Yeah.
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  • [cheers and applause]
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  • All right, that's chapter one.
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  • Now here's chapter two.
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  • [lively guitar music]
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  • - Well, I was Well,eight years old...
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  • - Whoo!
  • 00:22:51.150 --> 00:22:52.150
  • - When I decided to follow Jesus, yeah.
  • 00:22:52.160 --> 00:22:57.090
  • I started down that road.
  • 00:22:57.100 --> 00:22:59.240
  • Somebody told me that this path that leads to heaven,
  • 00:22:59.250 --> 00:23:04.020
  • they said it will not be the easy way.
  • 00:23:04.030 --> 00:23:07.000
  • Well, I found that to be true.
  • 00:23:07.010 --> 00:23:09.070
  • Yeah, but I also found,
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  • I found out there's
  • 00:23:13.230 --> 00:23:16.000
  • no better place on Earth
  • 00:23:16.010 --> 00:23:18.250
  • than the road that leads to heaven.
  • 00:23:18.260 --> 00:23:22.050
  • No other place I'd rather be, yeah-yeah-yeah.
  • 00:23:22.060 --> 00:23:27.010
  • No better place on Earth
  • 00:23:27.020 --> 00:23:29.250
  • than the road that leads to heaven.
  • 00:23:29.260 --> 00:23:36.000
  • No better place to be.
  • 00:23:36.010 --> 00:23:37.250
  • Well, I know this road we travel on
  • 00:23:37.260 --> 00:23:44.050
  • is very straight and narrow,
  • 00:23:44.060 --> 00:23:48.200
  • but I've looked down other roads
  • 00:23:48.210 --> 00:23:53.100
  • along the way.
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  • From all I've seen I can say without a doubt there's
  • 00:23:56.030 --> 00:23:59.200
  • no better place on Earth
  • 00:23:59.210 --> 00:24:02.170
  • than the road that leads to heaven.
  • 00:24:02.180 --> 00:24:05.200
  • No other place I'd rather be, yeah-yeah-yeah.
  • 00:24:05.210 --> 00:24:10.200
  • No better place on Earth
  • 00:24:10.210 --> 00:24:13.170
  • than the road that leads to heaven.
  • 00:24:13.180 --> 00:24:19.140
  • No better place to be.
  • 00:24:19.150 --> 00:24:24.010
  • Yeah.
  • 00:24:24.020 --> 00:24:25.010
  • 00:24:25.020 --> 00:24:27.220
  • [cheers and applause]
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  • Thank you.
  • 00:24:30.130 --> 00:24:31.140
  • [cheers and applause]
  • 00:24:31.150 --> 00:24:33.260
  • Steven, I can't tell you
  • 00:24:33.270 --> 00:24:38.180
  • hAbout the song--n loI wrote it for Mary Beth.
  • 00:24:38.190 --> 00:24:43.020
  • I didn't play it for you until I had it completely finished.
  • 00:24:43.030 --> 00:24:44.090
  • I had tracked it, had string arrangement,
  • 00:24:44.100 --> 00:24:47.000
  • and she didn't even know I had written it.
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  • It was kind of a gift and a surprise for her.
  • 00:24:48.040 --> 00:24:50.240
  • But it was written out of my mom and dad,
  • 00:24:50.250 --> 00:24:55.080
  • who--unbelievable parents.
  • 00:24:55.090 --> 00:24:58.040
  • Raised me in such an amazing home.
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  • Modeled forgiveness and grace and--
  • 00:25:00.250 --> 00:25:03.240
  • But just--marriage, after almost about 28 years,
  • 00:25:03.250 --> 00:25:10.040
  • they divorced.
  • 00:25:10.050 --> 00:25:11.040
  • And it was devastating.
  • 00:25:11.050 --> 00:25:13.120
  • We'd been married about five years,
  • 00:25:13.130 --> 00:25:14.240
  • and so much of our relationship was really modeled
  • 00:25:14.250 --> 00:25:17.100
  • after my parents, both of us.
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  • Her parents are incredible: still married,
  • 00:25:19.130 --> 00:25:21.120
  • amazing, testimony of just faithfulness and commitment.
  • 00:25:21.130 --> 00:25:25.190
  • But my parents were a little more vocal and--
  • 00:25:25.200 --> 00:25:28.170
  • about their faith and the part of that
  • 00:25:28.180 --> 00:25:31.040
  • and my dad, in his little music store,
  • 00:25:31.050 --> 00:25:33.190
  • had counseled many marriages kind of back to life.
  • 00:25:33.200 --> 00:25:36.140
  • And just--that was kind of part of their thing.
  • 00:25:36.150 --> 00:25:38.090
  • So it was very devastating for both of us.
  • 00:25:38.100 --> 00:25:41.120
  • And the song was written out of that.
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  • "Tomorrow morning, if you wake up
  • 00:25:43.250 --> 00:25:45.050
  • "and the sun does not appear,
  • 00:25:45.060 --> 00:25:46.200
  • "I will be here.
  • 00:25:46.210 --> 00:25:47.270
  • "If in the darkness we lose sight of love,
  • 00:25:47.280 --> 00:25:50.160
  • hold my hand and have no fear. I will be here."
  • 00:25:50.170 --> 00:25:52.190
  • It was just-- it was written out of
  • 00:25:52.200 --> 00:25:54.010
  • this dark kind of place of--even--
  • 00:25:54.020 --> 00:25:56.120
  • "No matter what we feel when we wake up on a given day,
  • 00:25:56.130 --> 00:25:59.020
  • "I made this promise to you, and by God's grace,
  • 00:25:59.030 --> 00:26:02.160
  • "until one of us places the other in the arms of Jesus,
  • 00:26:02.170 --> 00:26:05.240
  • I want to be here with you."
  • 00:26:05.250 --> 00:26:08.090
  • And I remember the first time somebody said--
  • 00:26:08.100 --> 00:26:11.140
  • it was a producer-- Phil Nash, said,
  • 00:26:11.150 --> 00:26:13.020
  • "Boy, I bet a lot of weddings--
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  • a lot of people are gonna sing this song at a wedding."
  • 00:26:14.200 --> 00:26:17.030
  • And I--I remember my reaction.
  • 00:26:17.040 --> 00:26:19.060
  • I said, "There's--you serious? You think?"
  • 00:26:19.070 --> 00:26:20.290
  • 'Cause this is not a happy love song.
  • 00:26:21.000 --> 00:26:23.190
  • This is a song of commitment, you know,
  • 00:26:23.200 --> 00:26:25.050
  • sort of that steely determination.
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  • "Hey, if we wake up and we don't feel anything,
  • 00:26:27.200 --> 00:26:30.040
  • I want you to know I'm gonna be here."
  • 00:26:30.050 --> 00:26:31.160
  • And turns out, he was right, thankfully.
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  • I mean, it's been sung in
  • 00:26:33.280 --> 00:26:35.030
  • a lot of weddings through the years.
  • 00:26:35.040 --> 00:26:36.190
  • But more importantly, by God's grace,
  • 00:26:36.200 --> 00:26:39.270
  • I'm still singing it for the love of my life
  • 00:26:39.280 --> 00:26:43.140
  • and mean it more than the day I wrote it.
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  • So--
  • 00:26:45.250 --> 00:26:46.290
  • - That's my favorite song.
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  • [laughs]
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  • [solemn guitar music]
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  • Tomorrow morning if you wake up
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  • and the sun does not appear,
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  • I...
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  • I will be here.
  • 00:27:08.150 --> 00:27:14.140
  • If in the dark we lose sight of love,
  • 00:27:14.150 --> 00:27:17.240
  • hold my hand and have no fear.
  • 00:27:17.250 --> 00:27:22.240
  • 'Cause I...
  • 00:27:22.250 --> 00:27:26.090
  • I will be here.
  • 00:27:26.100 --> 00:27:28.090
  • 00:27:28.100 --> 00:27:30.240
  • I will be here
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  • when you feel like being quiet.
  • 00:27:33.100 --> 00:27:37.190
  • When you need to speak your mind,
  • 00:27:37.200 --> 00:27:41.140
  • I will listen.
  • 00:27:41.150 --> 00:27:43.190
  • And I will be here
  • 00:27:43.200 --> 00:27:46.090
  • when the laughter turns to crying
  • 00:27:46.100 --> 00:27:50.190
  • Through the winning, losing, and trying,
  • 00:27:50.200 --> 00:27:55.090
  • we'll be together.
  • 00:27:55.100 --> 00:27:59.070
  • 'Cause I will be here.
  • 00:27:59.080 --> 00:28:05.190
  • Tomorrow morning if you wake up
  • 00:28:05.200 --> 00:28:09.170
  • and the future is unclear,
  • 00:28:09.180 --> 00:28:14.040
  • I...
  • 00:28:14.050 --> 00:28:17.090
  • I will be here.
  • 00:28:17.100 --> 00:28:21.240
  • Just as sure as the seasons were made for change,
  • 00:28:21.250 --> 00:28:27.040
  • our lifetimes were made for these years.
  • 00:28:27.050 --> 00:28:31.140
  • So I...
  • 00:28:31.150 --> 00:28:34.240
  • I will be here.
  • 00:28:34.250 --> 00:28:39.140
  • I will be here.
  • 00:28:39.150 --> 00:28:41.270
  • So you can cry on my shoulder.
  • 00:28:41.280 --> 00:28:46.140
  • When the mirror tells us we're older,
  • 00:28:46.150 --> 00:28:50.190
  • I will hold you.
  • 00:28:50.200 --> 00:28:52.190
  • And I will be here
  • 00:28:52.200 --> 00:28:55.140
  • to watch you grow in beauty
  • 00:28:55.150 --> 00:28:59.220
  • and tell you all the things you mean to me.
  • 00:28:59.230 --> 00:29:03.240
  • I will be here.
  • 00:29:03.250 --> 00:29:09.290
  • I will be true to the promise I have made
  • 00:29:10.000 --> 00:29:18.040
  • to you and to the One who gave you to me.
  • 00:29:18.050 --> 00:29:28.090
  • And just as sure as the seasons
  • 00:29:28.100 --> 00:29:31.270
  • were made for change,
  • 00:29:31.280 --> 00:29:34.190
  • our lifetimes were made for these years.
  • 00:29:34.200 --> 00:29:38.290
  • So I...
  • 00:29:39.000 --> 00:29:45.090
  • I will be here.
  • 00:29:45.100 --> 00:29:47.240
  • We'll be together.
  • 00:29:47.250 --> 00:29:52.020
  • Oh, yes, we will.
  • 00:29:52.030 --> 00:29:55.040
  • 'Cause I will be here.
  • 00:29:55.050 --> 00:30:00.120
  • I will be here.
  • 00:30:00.130 --> 00:30:04.020
  • 00:30:04.030 --> 00:30:11.070
  • [applause]
  • 00:30:11.080 --> 00:30:14.090
  • - My kids often kid--
  • 00:30:20.130 --> 00:30:22.120
  • especially Amy would kid me; say, "Daddy,
  • 00:30:22.130 --> 00:30:25.100
  • you can feel rhythm in your fingers,
  • 00:30:25.110 --> 00:30:27.270
  • but you can never get it to your feet."
  • 00:30:27.280 --> 00:30:30.120
  • [laughter]
  • 00:30:30.130 --> 00:30:32.170
  • And I've tried, you know, with the Vocal Band.
  • 00:30:32.180 --> 00:30:35.050
  • From time to time, they'll say, you know,
  • 00:30:35.060 --> 00:30:36.220
  • let's try to get a little movement here,
  • 00:30:36.230 --> 00:30:38.070
  • and I am so awkward.
  • 00:30:38.080 --> 00:30:40.220
  • And so at her wedding, I wanted to dance with her so badly,
  • 00:30:40.230 --> 00:30:45.020
  • and I couldn't--I did my best, but it was--I just wanted--
  • 00:30:45.030 --> 00:30:50.220
  • What is it about daddies
  • 00:30:50.230 --> 00:30:52.000
  • dancing with their little girls?
  • 00:30:52.010 --> 00:30:53.270
  • - Yeah, I know. - Mm.
  • 00:30:53.280 --> 00:30:55.240
  • - I grew up, like we were talking earlier,
  • 00:30:55.250 --> 00:30:57.160
  • you know, in a tradition too in church and all
  • 00:30:57.170 --> 00:31:00.080
  • where dancing was not something you did.
  • 00:31:00.090 --> 00:31:02.220
  • So when my little girls,
  • 00:31:02.230 --> 00:31:06.020
  • through their lives have said,
  • 00:31:06.030 --> 00:31:08.260
  • "Dad--you know, Daddy,
  • 00:31:08.270 --> 00:31:09.270
  • dance with me. Dance with me."
  • 00:31:09.280 --> 00:31:10.270
  • And especially our two littlest,
  • 00:31:10.280 --> 00:31:14.160
  • our two youngest, Stevey Joy and Maria,
  • 00:31:14.170 --> 00:31:17.120
  • they were about--Is it-- Mary Beth: Three or four.
  • 00:31:17.130 --> 00:31:20.200
  • Steven: They're six months apart.
  • 00:31:20.210 --> 00:31:21.230
  • Mary Beth: They're seven months apart.
  • 00:31:21.240 --> 00:31:22.230
  • Steven: Seven months apart.
  • 00:31:22.240 --> 00:31:23.240
  • So they were really much like twins.
  • 00:31:23.250 --> 00:31:26.020
  • I mean, they slept in the same room,
  • 00:31:26.030 --> 00:31:27.250
  • shared clothes--you know,
  • 00:31:27.260 --> 00:31:29.170
  • Mom dressed them the same. Mary Beth: Same size.
  • 00:31:29.180 --> 00:31:31.170
  • Steven: We adopted them, you know,
  • 00:31:31.180 --> 00:31:32.220
  • they were both adopted-- our three youngest,
  • 00:31:32.230 --> 00:31:35.120
  • Shaohannah, Stevey Joy, and Maria,
  • 00:31:35.130 --> 00:31:37.270
  • all adopted from China.
  • 00:31:37.280 --> 00:31:40.070
  • But they were adopted at different times,
  • 00:31:40.080 --> 00:31:42.120
  • but as soon as they became sisters,
  • 00:31:42.130 --> 00:31:44.220
  • they were like twins, and--
  • 00:31:44.230 --> 00:31:46.220
  • So I love bedtime, you know, with them,
  • 00:31:46.230 --> 00:31:53.020
  • and doing the daddy bedtime when I'm home.
  • 00:31:53.030 --> 00:31:55.270
  • When I'm not on tour, that's one of the things
  • 00:31:55.280 --> 00:31:57.170
  • that I just naturally kind of take on,
  • 00:31:57.180 --> 00:31:59.150
  • 'cause she does-- has done it
  • 00:31:59.160 --> 00:32:01.070
  • for so many years when--in my absence.
  • 00:32:01.080 --> 00:32:03.170
  • So it was one of those nights; I'm putting them in bed, and
  • 00:32:03.180 --> 00:32:05.250
  • trying to get 'em bathed and get 'em in the tub
  • 00:32:05.260 --> 00:32:08.070
  • and in their pajamas.
  • 00:32:08.080 --> 00:32:09.270
  • But they kept putting on their princess costumes.
  • 00:32:09.280 --> 00:32:12.070
  • Telling me they had to go to a ball.
  • 00:32:12.080 --> 00:32:14.120
  • "Dad, we've been invited to a ball."
  • 00:32:14.130 --> 00:32:16.100
  • And they had all of 'em. I mean, they, you know,
  • 00:32:16.110 --> 00:32:17.260
  • every Disney princess that ever came along,
  • 00:32:17.270 --> 00:32:19.170
  • they had 'em all, and they had the matching tiara
  • 00:32:19.180 --> 00:32:21.120
  • and the wand and the dress and the shoes.
  • 00:32:21.130 --> 00:32:23.270
  • And they just kept putting on their costume.
  • 00:32:23.280 --> 00:32:27.220
  • "Dad, we gotta go to the dance. We gotta go"--
  • 00:32:27.230 --> 00:32:29.020
  • And I said, "No, get in your pajamas, we're going to bed."
  • 00:32:29.030 --> 00:32:31.200
  • And I was tired and I was frustrated
  • 00:32:31.210 --> 00:32:33.100
  • and I had work to finish after they got to sleep.
  • 00:32:33.110 --> 00:32:36.170
  • And it was just one of those nights
  • 00:32:36.180 --> 00:32:37.290
  • not unlike a lot of other nights
  • 00:32:38.000 --> 00:32:40.150
  • where I was just irritated.
  • 00:32:40.160 --> 00:32:41.270
  • Like, "Just stop, you know, we're not dancing.
  • 00:32:41.280 --> 00:32:44.170
  • No more. Get--pajamas."
  • 00:32:44.180 --> 00:32:46.220
  • And I finally got 'em in their pajamas
  • 00:32:46.230 --> 00:32:48.170
  • and got 'em in their bed.
  • 00:32:48.180 --> 00:32:51.040
  • And I was, you know, just like, you know, "I love you.
  • 00:32:51.050 --> 00:32:53.140
  • I mean it. Good night."
  • 00:32:53.150 --> 00:32:54.140
  • You know, it was like one of those nights.
  • 00:32:54.150 --> 00:32:56.120
  • And then I sat down, and I'll never forget
  • 00:32:56.130 --> 00:32:59.000
  • just sitting in my studio.
  • 00:32:59.010 --> 00:33:00.020
  • I had--I was writing songs, actually.
  • 00:33:00.030 --> 00:33:02.000
  • 'Cause I had a big meeting
  • 00:33:02.010 --> 00:33:03.000
  • coming up with the record label,
  • 00:33:03.010 --> 00:33:04.000
  • and I had to bring some new songs in and--
  • 00:33:04.010 --> 00:33:06.220
  • and I sat down and I just thought,
  • 00:33:06.230 --> 00:33:08.240
  • "Man, you just--you blew it."
  • 00:33:08.250 --> 00:33:11.250
  • 'Cause at this point, our oldest, Emily, was at Baylor.
  • 00:33:11.260 --> 00:33:15.020
  • She was in college already.
  • 00:33:15.030 --> 00:33:16.120
  • So, you know, we got 'em all spread out.
  • 00:33:16.130 --> 00:33:18.070
  • We got Emily in college,
  • 00:33:18.080 --> 00:33:19.110
  • and I've got two little ones that are three years old
  • 00:33:19.120 --> 00:33:21.120
  • wanting to dance with me.
  • 00:33:21.130 --> 00:33:23.020
  • And it just-- it broke my heart.
  • 00:33:23.030 --> 00:33:25.070
  • I thought, "You know what?
  • 00:33:25.080 --> 00:33:26.270
  • I missed a moment.
  • 00:33:26.280 --> 00:33:28.270
  • We have this moment, you know,
  • 00:33:28.280 --> 00:33:29.270
  • that you sing in-- you wrote about.
  • 00:33:29.280 --> 00:33:32.120
  • I had this moment, and I missed it.
  • 00:33:32.130 --> 00:33:34.120
  • And--and I know me well enough to know that I would
  • 00:33:34.130 --> 00:33:37.070
  • probably miss it again and again and again.
  • 00:33:37.080 --> 00:33:39.100
  • And so I wrote the song actually that night.
  • 00:33:39.110 --> 00:33:41.210
  • "Cinderella." - Like--yeah.
  • 00:33:41.220 --> 00:33:42.210
  • - To help me...
  • 00:33:42.220 --> 00:33:43.210
  • - Like, the whole song.
  • 00:33:43.220 --> 00:33:44.210
  • - Remember. - It was like--
  • 00:33:44.220 --> 00:33:45.270
  • - Yeah, and I actually--I played it for you the next day.
  • 00:33:45.280 --> 00:33:47.270
  • - Yeah. - You remember that?
  • 00:33:47.280 --> 00:33:49.010
  • And I said, "Now, this is probably a work in progress.
  • 00:33:49.020 --> 00:33:51.020
  • I don't know."
  • 00:33:51.030 --> 00:33:52.060
  • And I played the song in its entirety as it is now.
  • 00:33:52.070 --> 00:33:55.020
  • And, man, my wife-- - They--
  • 00:33:55.030 --> 00:33:56.070
  • - It's one of those times when she said,
  • 00:33:56.080 --> 00:33:57.110
  • "If you touch that one, I will break your fingers."
  • 00:33:57.120 --> 00:33:59.060
  • - Ooh! - Like, that one's done.
  • 00:33:59.070 --> 00:34:01.040
  • Don't mess with it. That one's done.
  • 00:34:01.050 --> 00:34:02.100
  • - Well, here it is.
  • 00:34:02.110 --> 00:34:03.100
  • Here it is. - Yeah.
  • 00:34:03.110 --> 00:34:04.190
  • [gentle guitar music]
  • 00:34:04.200 --> 00:34:07.190
  • 00:34:07.200 --> 00:34:08.270
  • - She spins and she sways to whatever song plays
  • 00:34:08.280 --> 00:34:14.090
  • without a care in the world.
  • 00:34:14.100 --> 00:34:18.040
  • And I'm sitting here wearing
  • 00:34:18.050 --> 00:34:20.290
  • the weight of the world on my shoulders.
  • 00:34:21.000 --> 00:34:27.290
  • It's been a long day,
  • 00:34:28.000 --> 00:34:29.240
  • and there's still work to do.
  • 00:34:29.250 --> 00:34:32.170
  • She's pulling at me saying, "Dad, I need you.
  • 00:34:32.180 --> 00:34:36.190
  • "There's a ball at the castle,
  • 00:34:36.200 --> 00:34:39.040
  • "and I've been invited.
  • 00:34:39.050 --> 00:34:41.190
  • "And I need to practice my dancin'.
  • 00:34:41.200 --> 00:34:45.290
  • Oh, please. Daddy, please!"
  • 00:34:46.000 --> 00:34:50.190
  • So I will dance with Cinderella
  • 00:34:50.200 --> 00:34:55.240
  • while she is here in my arms.
  • 00:34:55.250 --> 00:35:00.140
  • 'Cause I know something the prince never knew.
  • 00:35:00.150 --> 00:35:07.190
  • Oh-whoa-oh-oh.
  • 00:35:07.200 --> 00:35:09.140
  • Oh, I will dance with Cinderella.
  • 00:35:09.150 --> 00:35:14.020
  • I don't want to miss even one song.
  • 00:35:14.030 --> 00:35:18.270
  • 'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
  • 00:35:18.280 --> 00:35:26.190
  • and she'll be gone.
  • 00:35:26.200 --> 00:35:33.220
  • Well, she says he's a nice guy and I'd be impressed.
  • 00:35:33.230 --> 00:35:37.290
  • And she wants to know if I approve of the dress.
  • 00:35:38.000 --> 00:35:43.040
  • She says, "Dad, the prom is just one week away,
  • 00:35:43.050 --> 00:35:47.070
  • "and I need to practice my dancin'.
  • 00:35:47.080 --> 00:35:51.240
  • Oh, please. Daddy, please!"
  • 00:35:51.250 --> 00:35:56.040
  • So I will dance with Cinderella
  • 00:35:56.050 --> 00:36:01.110
  • while she is here in my arms.
  • 00:36:01.120 --> 00:36:05.290
  • 'Cause I know something the prince never knew.
  • 00:36:06.000 --> 00:36:12.290
  • Oh-whoa-oh-oh.
  • 00:36:13.000 --> 00:36:14.240
  • Oh, I will dance with Cinderella.
  • 00:36:14.250 --> 00:36:19.140
  • I don't want to miss even one song.
  • 00:36:19.150 --> 00:36:24.040
  • 'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
  • 00:36:24.050 --> 00:36:31.290
  • and she'll be gone.
  • 00:36:32.000 --> 00:36:37.090
  • 00:36:37.100 --> 00:36:42.090
  • Oh, whoa-oh, oh.
  • 00:36:42.100 --> 00:36:45.110
  • Oh-oh-oh.
  • 00:36:45.120 --> 00:36:48.050
  • Oh, whoa-oh.
  • 00:36:48.060 --> 00:36:49.190
  • 00:36:49.200 --> 00:36:54.140
  • Well, she came home today with a ring on her hand,
  • 00:36:54.150 --> 00:36:59.070
  • just glowing and telling us all they had planned.
  • 00:36:59.080 --> 00:37:04.050
  • And she says, "Dad, the wedding
  • 00:37:04.060 --> 00:37:06.220
  • is six months away,
  • 00:37:06.230 --> 00:37:08.290
  • "and I need to practice my dancin'.
  • 00:37:09.000 --> 00:37:13.100
  • Oh, please. Daddy, please!"
  • 00:37:13.110 --> 00:37:18.290
  • So I will dance with Cinderella
  • 00:37:19.000 --> 00:37:24.070
  • while she is here in my arms.
  • 00:37:24.080 --> 00:37:28.260
  • 'Cause I know something the prince never knew.
  • 00:37:28.270 --> 00:37:36.010
  • Oh-whoa-oh-oh.
  • 00:37:36.020 --> 00:37:38.040
  • Oh, I will dance with Cinderella.
  • 00:37:38.050 --> 00:37:42.190
  • I don't want to miss even one song.
  • 00:37:42.200 --> 00:37:47.090
  • 'Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight,
  • 00:37:47.100 --> 00:37:56.240
  • but I know
  • 00:37:56.250 --> 00:38:01.240
  • the truth is
  • 00:38:01.250 --> 00:38:05.040
  • the dance will go on.
  • 00:38:05.050 --> 00:38:10.090
  • [gentle music continues]
  • 00:38:10.100 --> 00:38:13.090
  • 00:38:13.100 --> 00:38:20.110
  • [cheers and applause]
  • 00:38:25.050 --> 00:38:29.090
  • Thank you.
  • 00:38:29.100 --> 00:38:30.150
  • [applause]
  • 00:38:30.160 --> 00:38:33.170
  • - But I can't imagine losing a child.
  • 00:38:35.050 --> 00:38:39.100
  • And I never have, so you have been--
  • 00:38:39.110 --> 00:38:42.200
  • You're younger than I, but you've been through
  • 00:38:42.210 --> 00:38:44.060
  • a journey I've never been through.
  • 00:38:44.070 --> 00:38:45.180
  • - Yeah, it--not one--not the club that I wanted to be in.
  • 00:38:45.190 --> 00:38:51.260
  • Steven and I wouldn't have obviously
  • 00:38:51.270 --> 00:38:54.050
  • have chosen--chosen that.
  • 00:38:54.060 --> 00:38:55.210
  • And I think, for our journey in particularly,
  • 00:38:55.220 --> 00:39:00.050
  • you know, not only did we lose a child;
  • 00:39:00.060 --> 00:39:01.260
  • we had another child that was involved.
  • 00:39:01.270 --> 00:39:04.150
  • So in essence, especially in those first days and months,
  • 00:39:04.160 --> 00:39:08.240
  • you feel like you're losing two children,
  • 00:39:08.250 --> 00:39:10.100
  • because just like you touched on,
  • 00:39:10.110 --> 00:39:12.150
  • you would do anything for your child--
  • 00:39:12.160 --> 00:39:14.050
  • your children.
  • 00:39:14.060 --> 00:39:15.100
  • You just so desperately want them to be okay
  • 00:39:15.110 --> 00:39:17.100
  • and to be whole and healthy
  • 00:39:17.110 --> 00:39:18.200
  • and all the things that we want for our children.
  • 00:39:18.210 --> 00:39:22.050
  • You know, and I never understood--
  • 00:39:22.060 --> 00:39:23.200
  • I think the longer I'm a parent,
  • 00:39:23.210 --> 00:39:25.080
  • I hear my own parent in my head, you know.
  • 00:39:25.090 --> 00:39:27.200
  • I remember thinking,
  • 00:39:27.210 --> 00:39:28.200
  • "I'm never gonna say that when I'm a parent."
  • 00:39:28.210 --> 00:39:30.130
  • And then I end up saying it.
  • 00:39:30.140 --> 00:39:31.130
  • Like, once a parent, always a parent.
  • 00:39:31.140 --> 00:39:32.270
  • But I'm now understanding what my mom meant
  • 00:39:32.280 --> 00:39:34.290
  • by "You'll never not worry."
  • 00:39:35.000 --> 00:39:36.280
  • It doesn't matter if they're 32, 102;
  • 00:39:36.290 --> 00:39:39.090
  • if they're your child, you're gonna worry.
  • 00:39:39.100 --> 00:39:41.120
  • When we lost Maria,
  • 00:39:41.130 --> 00:39:45.020
  • the--obviously the way in which
  • 00:39:45.030 --> 00:39:48.000
  • she, you know, she passed, was super traumatic
  • 00:39:48.010 --> 00:39:51.070
  • and really didn't know if we would survive.
  • 00:39:51.080 --> 00:39:54.020
  • But I really think the loving kindness of God
  • 00:39:54.030 --> 00:39:56.200
  • really allowed me to be
  • 00:39:56.210 --> 00:40:01.250
  • not okay, but settled with the fact
  • 00:40:01.260 --> 00:40:03.270
  • that she was wholly present with Him.
  • 00:40:03.280 --> 00:40:06.220
  • There was nothing I was gonna be able to do
  • 00:40:06.230 --> 00:40:08.170
  • to obviously change that,
  • 00:40:08.180 --> 00:40:10.070
  • because when I think you've experienced trauma,
  • 00:40:10.080 --> 00:40:12.120
  • you just try to--
  • 00:40:12.130 --> 00:40:13.120
  • You forever get stuck in this loop
  • 00:40:13.130 --> 00:40:15.040
  • of trying to go back and undo it and fix it.
  • 00:40:15.050 --> 00:40:17.020
  • It's just the way your mind is,
  • 00:40:17.030 --> 00:40:19.070
  • which is part of, you know, all the counseling
  • 00:40:19.080 --> 00:40:21.200
  • and the trauma of trying to deal with all that.
  • 00:40:21.210 --> 00:40:23.070
  • But I pretty quickly shifted to "I've lost this child.
  • 00:40:23.080 --> 00:40:26.230
  • I am not gonna lose this child."
  • 00:40:26.240 --> 00:40:29.070
  • And so, while I would not choose
  • 00:40:29.080 --> 00:40:33.100
  • the journey that we've walked on,
  • 00:40:33.110 --> 00:40:34.230
  • it has been one of my greatest privileges
  • 00:40:34.240 --> 00:40:36.150
  • to be able to pray for
  • 00:40:36.160 --> 00:40:38.050
  • and ask people to pray for Will Franklin
  • 00:40:38.060 --> 00:40:40.000
  • and to watch how he has stewarded this story
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  • that he never asked for
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  • and the pain in which he had to walk through.
  • 00:40:45.110 --> 00:40:48.100
  • And you know, kind of just
  • 00:40:48.110 --> 00:40:49.230
  • come to terms with what had happened.
  • 00:40:49.240 --> 00:40:51.080
  • It's been the absolute hardest thing I've ever done.
  • 00:40:51.090 --> 00:40:55.250
  • And at the same time, one of the most beautiful things
  • 00:40:55.260 --> 00:40:58.200
  • to see God redeem and restore and to, you know,
  • 00:40:58.210 --> 00:41:02.080
  • watch my son be whole and healthy and--
  • 00:41:02.090 --> 00:41:05.120
  • and yet, I know what he carries, 'cause we were there.
  • 00:41:05.130 --> 00:41:07.220
  • We were all there that day.
  • 00:41:07.230 --> 00:41:08.220
  • So we all--we all saw it. We all participated.
  • 00:41:08.230 --> 00:41:14.020
  • But it has been--it has been a really difficult journey.
  • 00:41:14.030 --> 00:41:19.070
  • But you know, God's been there every step of the way.
  • 00:41:19.080 --> 00:41:21.120
  • And to say that we've seen the goodness--
  • 00:41:21.130 --> 00:41:23.170
  • I touched on that earlier in the land of the living,
  • 00:41:23.180 --> 00:41:26.170
  • in the land of the living has been
  • 00:41:26.180 --> 00:41:28.170
  • the way that we've seen Will steward his story
  • 00:41:28.180 --> 00:41:31.270
  • with other families, with other people that he can talk with
  • 00:41:31.280 --> 00:41:36.100
  • and then, you know, just--
  • 00:41:36.110 --> 00:41:38.050
  • you pray fervently for your children,
  • 00:41:38.060 --> 00:41:39.260
  • and God dropped this little girl in his life--
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  • Five years ago, he got married.
  • 00:41:42.240 --> 00:41:44.210
  • And I'm telling you,
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  • I look for her-- I look for her wings
  • 00:41:46.160 --> 00:41:48.100
  • every time she's with us.
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  • I'm, like, touching around her back looking for her wings.
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  • She--if you could have written a description
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  • of what he needed to-- to walk this journey
  • 00:41:54.260 --> 00:41:58.050
  • and his life with this story,
  • 00:41:58.060 --> 00:41:59.250
  • with the heaviness of this story,
  • 00:41:59.260 --> 00:42:01.090
  • she was absolutely 1.000% dropped here by God Himself,
  • 00:42:01.100 --> 00:42:06.070
  • a prescription for Will Franklin and his wife.
  • 00:42:06.080 --> 00:42:09.120
  • And that has been the single most answer to prayer--
  • 00:42:09.130 --> 00:42:13.220
  • maybe tangible answer to prayer I've ever seen is this--
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  • this woman who showed up in his life
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  • to help him walk this journey.
  • 00:42:18.130 --> 00:42:20.000
  • And they have a little girl now.
  • 00:42:20.010 --> 00:42:22.040
  • And just really watching that, you know,
  • 00:42:22.050 --> 00:42:23.270
  • obviously, you know, it's never far from your mind.
  • 00:42:23.280 --> 00:42:27.070
  • I think of Maria all the time.
  • 00:42:27.080 --> 00:42:28.280
  • You know, she's hanging here on my neck.
  • 00:42:28.290 --> 00:42:31.100
  • But--but, uh--
  • 00:42:31.110 --> 00:42:33.120
  • It's also been just a privilege
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  • to see how we've been cared for in the journey.
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  • [solemn guitar music]
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  • - I can do all things
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  • through Christ who gives me strength.
  • 00:42:48.080 --> 00:42:52.200
  • But sometimes I wonder what He can do through me.
  • 00:42:52.210 --> 00:43:02.280
  • No great success to show.
  • 00:43:02.290 --> 00:43:07.270
  • No glory on my own.
  • 00:43:07.280 --> 00:43:12.090
  • But in my weakness, He is there to let me know
  • 00:43:12.100 --> 00:43:21.170
  • that His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.
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  • He'll carry us when we can't carry on.
  • 00:43:31.230 --> 00:43:41.200
  • Raised in His power, the weak become strong.
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  • His strength is perfect.
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  • His strength is perfect.
  • 00:43:57.060 --> 00:44:02.020
  • 00:44:02.030 --> 00:44:05.020
  • We can only know
  • 00:44:05.030 --> 00:44:09.000
  • the power that He holds
  • 00:44:09.010 --> 00:44:13.170
  • when we truly see how deep our weakness goes.
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  • His strength in us begins
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  • where ours comes to an end.
  • 00:44:27.230 --> 00:44:32.170
  • And He hears our humble cry and He proves again
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  • that His strength is perfect when our strength is gone.
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  • He'll carry us when we can't carry on.
  • 00:44:51.060 --> 00:45:01.070
  • Raised in His power, the weak become strong.
  • 00:45:01.080 --> 00:45:11.120
  • His strength is perfect.
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  • His strength is perfect.
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  • His strength is perfect.
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  • His strength is perfect.
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  • 00:45:36.210 --> 00:45:42.200
  • [applause]
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  • Bill: Amazing.
  • 00:45:47.220 --> 00:45:49.010
  • Would you say that that experience has driven you
  • 00:45:49.020 --> 00:45:54.090
  • with your ministry of hope
  • 00:45:54.100 --> 00:45:56.270
  • it was a way that something good could come out of that?
  • 00:45:56.280 --> 00:45:59.260
  • - Sure.
  • 00:45:59.270 --> 00:46:01.180
  • You know, Show Hope really began out of the heart
  • 00:46:01.190 --> 00:46:05.030
  • of us adopting Shaoey,
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  • our oldest adopted from China.
  • 00:46:06.090 --> 00:46:08.080
  • She's 18 now, getting ready to go off to college.
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  • I can't even believe that's happening.
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  • She's actually in China right now
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  • serving as an intern at a place
  • 00:46:14.140 --> 00:46:16.130
  • called Maria's Big House of Hope.
  • 00:46:16.140 --> 00:46:19.170
  • We were in the process when we lost Maria,
  • 00:46:19.180 --> 00:46:21.210
  • Show Hope was in the process of
  • 00:46:21.220 --> 00:46:23.210
  • trying to work with the Chinese government
  • 00:46:23.220 --> 00:46:26.030
  • to open a facility where we could help
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  • care for medically fragile orphans.
  • 00:46:29.290 --> 00:46:32.260
  • And it was really just something
  • 00:46:32.270 --> 00:46:34.060
  • that God burdened me for,
  • 00:46:34.070 --> 00:46:35.090
  • because you know, the country of China
  • 00:46:35.100 --> 00:46:37.040
  • gave us our three beautiful daughters,
  • 00:46:37.050 --> 00:46:39.160
  • and it was a way that I felt like,
  • 00:46:39.170 --> 00:46:42.060
  • through Show Hope, we could give back
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  • to such an incredible gift they gave us.
  • 00:46:43.220 --> 00:46:45.260
  • Steve's always been welcomed in China with his music.
  • 00:46:45.270 --> 00:46:48.080
  • That's another crazy thing,
  • 00:46:48.090 --> 00:46:49.210
  • just the favor of the Lord
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  • to allow him to minister in a Communist country.
  • 00:46:51.000 --> 00:46:55.040
  • He's never been asked to change any of his music
  • 00:46:55.050 --> 00:46:57.220
  • other than God and Jesus to Father and Son,
  • 00:46:57.230 --> 00:47:01.100
  • which is even better when you're trying to
  • 00:47:01.110 --> 00:47:02.130
  • tell the story, you know, the gospel story.
  • 00:47:02.140 --> 00:47:04.280
  • But we really wanted to do tangible work there
  • 00:47:04.290 --> 00:47:08.000
  • and help care for some, really,
  • 00:47:08.010 --> 00:47:09.200
  • the sickest of the sick,
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  • the ones that China has trouble caring for.
  • 00:47:10.260 --> 00:47:15.080
  • And so we were in the process of that
  • 00:47:15.090 --> 00:47:17.000
  • and trying to figure it all out
  • 00:47:17.010 --> 00:47:18.060
  • when the accident happened.
  • 00:47:18.070 --> 00:47:19.080
  • So everything stopped for a while.
  • 00:47:19.090 --> 00:47:21.180
  • But I say that on any given occasion during that time,
  • 00:47:21.190 --> 00:47:27.010
  • we had to have been the most prayed for family,
  • 00:47:27.020 --> 00:47:29.230
  • I think, on the planet.
  • 00:47:29.240 --> 00:47:31.030
  • - Absolutely. - I absolutely believe that.
  • 00:47:31.040 --> 00:47:32.280
  • Our son, our family, I think the whole world
  • 00:47:32.290 --> 00:47:35.180
  • just stopped and supported us and held us,
  • 00:47:35.190 --> 00:47:38.280
  • you know, during that time.
  • 00:47:38.290 --> 00:47:40.180
  • And during that time, there was such an outpouring--
  • 00:47:40.190 --> 00:47:42.280
  • wanting to honor the life of Maria towards Show Hope.
  • 00:47:42.290 --> 00:47:46.030
  • And so there was a fund set up called Maria's Miracle Fund.
  • 00:47:46.040 --> 00:47:49.150
  • And it really finished the building
  • 00:47:49.160 --> 00:47:51.280
  • that had been started before she passed.
  • 00:47:51.290 --> 00:47:54.010
  • And so this building is a bright,
  • 00:47:54.020 --> 00:47:55.230
  • big blue building with white clouds painted on it,
  • 00:47:55.240 --> 00:47:58.180
  • which was done by accident,
  • 00:47:58.190 --> 00:48:00.060
  • but it's called Maria's Big House of Hope.
  • 00:48:00.070 --> 00:48:02.250
  • And it--it can care for
  • 00:48:02.260 --> 00:48:04.250
  • up to about 140 medically fragile orphans.
  • 00:48:04.260 --> 00:48:07.200
  • And it stands in the middle of Luoyang, China,
  • 00:48:07.210 --> 00:48:10.250
  • and we get to-- we are just so blessed
  • 00:48:10.260 --> 00:48:13.250
  • to be able to take care of many children.
  • 00:48:13.260 --> 00:48:16.070
  • We've cared for over 2.500 children now.
  • 00:48:16.080 --> 00:48:18.210
  • 700 of them we know have been adopted into loving families.
  • 00:48:18.220 --> 00:48:22.150
  • We don't--we can't track all of them, but--
  • 00:48:22.160 --> 00:48:23.270
  • - That's amazing. That's amazing.
  • 00:48:23.280 --> 00:48:25.100
  • Mary Beth: But yeah.
  • 00:48:25.110 --> 00:48:26.170
  • And then the work of Show Hope continues just out of the--
  • 00:48:26.180 --> 00:48:30.050
  • I think the pain of our own loss
  • 00:48:30.060 --> 00:48:31.170
  • and wanting, you know, families to be together,
  • 00:48:31.180 --> 00:48:33.280
  • Steven and I, when we--
  • 00:48:33.290 --> 00:48:35.080
  • when we first said, "Okay, God's blessed us.
  • 00:48:35.090 --> 00:48:38.000
  • "He tapped us on the shoulder. He asked us to adopt Shaoey.
  • 00:48:38.010 --> 00:48:41.130
  • We need to help as many families"--
  • 00:48:41.140 --> 00:48:43.230
  • Maybe with your platform, we can help bring attention
  • 00:48:43.240 --> 00:48:46.180
  • to the awareness of adoption just worldwide,
  • 00:48:46.190 --> 00:48:48.200
  • whether it's here in our own backyard in the United States
  • 00:48:48.210 --> 00:48:50.230
  • or in all the countries in the world that would open,
  • 00:48:50.240 --> 00:48:53.280
  • you know, their borders for,
  • 00:48:53.290 --> 00:48:56.030
  • you know, legal and ethical adoptions.
  • 00:48:56.040 --> 00:48:57.280
  • And we thought, "What if we could help 100 families?"
  • 00:48:57.290 --> 00:49:01.000
  • That's when we brought Shaoey home.
  • 00:49:01.010 --> 00:49:02.070
  • What if we could help 100 families?
  • 00:49:02.080 --> 00:49:03.070
  • That'd be a great-- that's a pretty big goal.
  • 00:49:03.080 --> 00:49:05.150
  • And here, what, 15, 17 years later,
  • 00:49:05.160 --> 00:49:10.000
  • over 6.000 adoption aid grants have been given,
  • 00:49:10.010 --> 00:49:14.000
  • and children from 63 countries
  • 00:49:14.010 --> 00:49:17.100
  • have come home to forever families
  • 00:49:17.110 --> 00:49:19.000
  • here in the United States.
  • 00:49:19.010 --> 00:49:20.000
  • And obviously the United States
  • 00:49:20.010 --> 00:49:22.130
  • is right at the top of that list,
  • 00:49:22.140 --> 00:49:23.200
  • so we love that we're able to help children
  • 00:49:23.210 --> 00:49:25.230
  • here in our own country as well, so--
  • 00:49:25.240 --> 00:49:28.000
  • That's--it's a big part of Maria's story
  • 00:49:28.010 --> 00:49:30.100
  • and just kind of catapulting Show Hope to a--
  • 00:49:30.110 --> 00:49:33.290
  • you know, to a point in time
  • 00:49:34.000 --> 00:49:35.240
  • where a lot more people found out about it.
  • 00:49:35.250 --> 00:49:37.280
  • It's still--I'll take-- I would rather have her back,
  • 00:49:37.290 --> 00:49:40.180
  • but-- Bill: Absolutely.
  • 00:49:40.190 --> 00:49:41.230
  • - Um, you know, I would walk away from all that
  • 00:49:41.240 --> 00:49:44.180
  • if God would send her back here.
  • 00:49:44.190 --> 00:49:46.080
  • But--But it has been a tangible blessing
  • 00:49:46.090 --> 00:49:52.180
  • to be able to see the work continue at the level it has.
  • 00:49:52.190 --> 00:49:56.180
  • - But back to the discussion about the alpha,
  • 00:49:56.190 --> 00:49:59.280
  • the omega, the beginning or the end--
  • 00:49:59.290 --> 00:50:03.090
  • Mary Beth: That's right.
  • 00:50:03.100 --> 00:50:04.090
  • - It was the end in one way,
  • 00:50:04.100 --> 00:50:06.040
  • but it opened up a wonderful opportunity
  • 00:50:06.050 --> 00:50:08.190
  • for kids who wouldn't have had a chance otherwise.
  • 00:50:08.200 --> 00:50:13.220
  • - That's right.
  • 00:50:13.230 --> 00:50:14.250
  • Bill: And if people want to contribute to this,
  • 00:50:14.260 --> 00:50:18.040
  • it is a nonprofit foundation
  • 00:50:18.050 --> 00:50:19.250
  • that both of you have championed in a wonderful way.
  • 00:50:19.260 --> 00:50:24.060
  • And I would encourage anybody-- - Aww, thank you.
  • 00:50:24.070 --> 00:50:27.180
  • - Anybody who's watching this video to, uh...
  • 00:50:27.190 --> 00:50:31.080
  • It's Show Hope...
  • 00:50:31.090 --> 00:50:32.130
  • - .org. - .org.
  • 00:50:32.140 --> 00:50:33.160
  • Bill: .org.
  • 00:50:33.170 --> 00:50:34.250
  • - A asked this quest,
  • 00:50:35.210 --> 00:50:36.260
  • and I always say when they ask,
  • 00:50:36.270 --> 00:50:38.010
  • "They're all my babies,
  • 00:50:38.020 --> 00:50:39.180
  • I love every song, and I don't love one baby
  • 00:50:39.190 --> 00:50:42.150
  • any more than I love the other"--
  • 00:50:42.160 --> 00:50:44.010
  • So I'ma put you on the spot. - Yes, yes.
  • 00:50:44.020 --> 00:50:45.260
  • - Of all the songs you've written, Steven Curtis,
  • 00:50:45.270 --> 00:50:50.000
  • which one would you say-- if you had one you could sing?
  • 00:50:50.010 --> 00:50:52.060
  • - Yeah, yeah. Bill: What would you say?
  • 00:50:52.070 --> 00:50:53.120
  • - It is. That's the dreaded
  • 00:50:53.130 --> 00:50:54.170
  • favorite song question, isn't it?
  • 00:50:54.180 --> 00:50:56.110
  • No, I can't pick a favorite baby.
  • 00:50:56.120 --> 00:50:58.110
  • Even if your baby's ugly, you love 'em all the same.
  • 00:50:58.120 --> 00:51:01.080
  • [laughter] - He deserves to live.
  • 00:51:01.090 --> 00:51:04.070
  • - Little extra love.
  • 00:51:04.080 --> 00:51:05.210
  • But so my answer is always this way.
  • 00:51:05.220 --> 00:51:09.010
  • I said, "Okay, if I had to pick one of all of them,"
  • 00:51:09.020 --> 00:51:13.010
  • and somebody said, "You got four minutes, you know, left.
  • 00:51:13.020 --> 00:51:17.260
  • "You got enough breath in your lungs for one more song.
  • 00:51:17.270 --> 00:51:20.240
  • "This is gonna be it.
  • 00:51:20.250 --> 00:51:21.240
  • Of all the ones you've written, what is it?"
  • 00:51:21.250 --> 00:51:23.210
  • And that's always been an easy--very easy answer.
  • 00:51:23.220 --> 00:51:27.110
  • And it's a song I wrote-- it was on my very first album.
  • 00:51:27.120 --> 00:51:30.160
  • And I've sung it at just about every concert I've done since.
  • 00:51:30.170 --> 00:51:35.040
  • And it's a very simple song,
  • 00:51:35.050 --> 00:51:36.210
  • but I feel like it sums up everything else
  • 00:51:36.220 --> 00:51:39.090
  • I hope I've said in every song I've written
  • 00:51:39.100 --> 00:51:41.200
  • and every song I'll write.
  • 00:51:41.210 --> 00:51:42.260
  • It's been our journey.
  • 00:51:42.270 --> 00:51:45.010
  • It's why we're sitting here getting to talk to you.
  • 00:51:45.020 --> 00:51:46.250
  • It was what led me to get a chance to even meet you
  • 00:51:46.260 --> 00:51:50.160
  • and have the opportunity to do what I've done
  • 00:51:50.170 --> 00:51:52.110
  • these last 30 plus years now.
  • 00:51:52.120 --> 00:51:54.100
  • And the song just says, "My Redeemer is Faithful and True."
  • 00:51:54.110 --> 00:51:58.160
  • God's been faithful every step of the way.
  • 00:51:58.170 --> 00:52:01.150
  • He's been true to His word.
  • 00:52:01.160 --> 00:52:03.150
  • And this song is a real simple way for me
  • 00:52:03.160 --> 00:52:06.210
  • just to keep singing that message.
  • 00:52:06.220 --> 00:52:09.160
  • [gentle guitar music]
  • 00:52:09.170 --> 00:52:10.260
  • As I look back on this road I've traveled,
  • 00:52:10.270 --> 00:52:16.090
  • I see so many times He carried me through.
  • 00:52:16.100 --> 00:52:22.080
  • And if there's one thing that I've learned in my life,
  • 00:52:22.090 --> 00:52:27.160
  • my Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:52:27.170 --> 00:52:34.080
  • And my Redeemer is faithful and true
  • 00:52:34.090 --> 00:52:40.060
  • And everything He has said He will do,
  • 00:52:40.070 --> 00:52:46.150
  • and every morning, His mercies are new.
  • 00:52:46.160 --> 00:52:53.160
  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:52:53.170 --> 00:52:58.050
  • 00:52:58.060 --> 00:53:04.120
  • My heart rejoices when I read the promise
  • 00:53:04.130 --> 00:53:10.150
  • "There's a place that I'm preparing for you."
  • 00:53:10.160 --> 00:53:16.220
  • I know someday I'll see my Lord face-to-face,
  • 00:53:16.230 --> 00:53:22.070
  • 'cause my Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:53:22.080 --> 00:53:28.120
  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:53:28.130 --> 00:53:35.020
  • And everything He has said He will do,
  • 00:53:35.030 --> 00:53:41.020
  • and every morning, His mercies are new.
  • 00:53:41.030 --> 00:53:48.120
  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:53:48.130 --> 00:53:52.220
  • 00:53:52.230 --> 00:53:55.020
  • And in every situation,
  • 00:53:55.030 --> 00:53:57.270
  • He has proved His love for me.
  • 00:53:57.280 --> 00:54:01.140
  • When I lack the understanding,
  • 00:54:01.150 --> 00:54:04.240
  • He gives more grace to me.
  • 00:54:04.250 --> 00:54:11.220
  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:54:11.230 --> 00:54:17.030
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  • And everything He has said He will do,
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  • and every morning, His mercies are new.
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  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
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  • Jesus is faithful
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  • and true.
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  • [cheers and applause]
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  • Thank you guys so much.
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  • [applause]
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  • [gentle guitar music resumes]
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  • all: My Redeemer is faithful and true.
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  • - Everything He has said.
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  • all: And everything He has said He will do,
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  • and every morning, His mercies are new.
  • 00:55:33.180 --> 00:55:40.180
  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
  • 00:55:40.190 --> 00:55:46.120
  • 00:55:46.130 --> 00:55:48.020
  • My Redeemer is faithful and true.
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  • 00:55:54.280 --> 00:55:56.040
  • Amen. - Awesome.
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  • - Amen.
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  • Thank y'all.
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  • [applause]
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  • Precious Memories
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  • How they linger
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  • How they ever flood my soul
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  • Thank you for joining Bill and Gloria Gaither...
  • 00:57:04.080 --> 00:57:06.220
  • ... and their Homecoming Friends for "Precious Memories."
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  • Be sure to watch program as these legendary gospel artists...
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  • ... share more of your favorite songs.
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  • In the stillness, of the midnight
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