Monday, February 25, 2008

Only Visiting This Planet

Larry Norman: April 8, 1947 – February 24, 2008

The pioneer of Christian rock died yesterday. Before heading home, he dictated this letter:

I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home.

My brother Charles is right, I won't be here much longer. I can't do anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and finance and we will probably still need financial help.

My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside. But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement, transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papers etc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.

I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again.

Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again
Somewhere beyond the sky.
I pray that you will stay with God
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye.



He's missed already. But as he sang in "Reader's Digest," he was only visiting this planet. And a visit can't last forever.

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1 comment:

Beth said...

i love, love, love that song. i remember the first time i ever heard it.