September Cloud of The Month

October 1, 2008 12:29 pm Published by
In 2000, I caught just a small snippet of a song on the radio that sent a shiver down my spine.  For weeks, I waited impatiently to hear it again.  When I finally did, I nearly pulled the car over to the side of the road, because my tears were flowing so hard.  The song was He’s My Son. The artist I would come to know and appreciate was Mark Schultz.
At the time, my family was facing the very pain of raising a child with autism.  The song spoke to me in such a real and personal way, and helped me through a difficult year of coming to terms with my son’s disability.  Over the years, I’ve attended as many of Mark’s concerts as possible, and appreciated the opportunity to share with him how much his music and ministry have meant to me.  As a Youth Pastor for more than 5 years, I’ve used Mark’s music for human videos, and drawn inspiration and strength from his stories. However, I can honestly say that I’ve never been duct taped to my bed on a youth outing!   I’ve taken my youth group to one of his concerts, and rewarded one of the teens with a front row ticket.
Recently, I had the privilege of authoring a book about my son’s disability.  I was able to obtain permission from Mark’s management to use some of the lyrics from He’s My Son to share the joy of this incredible journey with my readers.  Through Mark’s website, I’ve connected with valuable lifelong friends that I treasure.  Their prayers and support helped me through one of the most difficult and trying times of my life, when I almost gave up on ministry altogether.  Mark has caused an incredible cloud of witnesses to gather together and support one another.  I treasure each and every friend from the Mark Schultz Message Boards.
It is my honor to give back to Mark just a portion of what he has poured into my life.  My office wall is plastered with photos of Mark, so that everyone who knows me can’t help but get an earful about his ministry and music.  My prayer life includes heartfelt petitions for Mark and his family.  When I have just a moment following a concert to see him, my prayer is that my words will be encouraging, giving not taking.  I hope to always be among his most ardent supporters, and I thank him for being an example to all of us in music, ministry, and as a true man of God.
Tim LaVere

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