My merch…a t-shirt…one of my “Never Alone” t-shirts, specifically, was the chosen attire for a man at his time of death to be dressed in and laid to rest in his casket during his funeral.
The man was Jack Talbott. He was a dear friend. He had a long battle with cancer. I can’t recall too many times over the past year or two that he wasn’t wearing that shirt, to be honest. Today, I walked into a funeral home to officiate his services to see him laying peacefully wearing it.
“It meant a lot to him, your song,” his wife Kathy told me. The song played on the speakers overhead as pictures of Jack at different phases of life scrolled by.
It’s not the first funeral my song has been played at, sadly enough. I recently was asked to sing it at one of my best friend’s Celebration Of Life. Tony Schott was my Front Of House engineer…as well as my close friend. He died suddenly of a massive heart attack at the church.
“Tony loved your music,” his wife Angie told me at the service.
My song has been played at funerals prior to this…and at weddings…even at the birth of a baby.
…and this is where I want to focus. This is why I write songs. This is why I hope anyone who writes songs – especially for the Church…writes songs.
“The songs we write are like arrows in the quiver of the church.”
The songs we write are like arrows in the quiver of the church. Each one is like a weapon against Satan – a powerful arsenal when Satan attacks. Music is powerful – and we provide a musical lyric to sing against desperation, anxiety…to rally celebration…to cheer on to victory…to comfort the grieving…to say “you are Never Alone.”
Surprising…when I wrote the song…I thought it was for me and a situation I was going through…
…yet in the few short years since I wrote it…
…I’ve found that I’m the one not alone in the stories of those that it has helped.
Songwriters…keep writing. Help equip the worshipers to let their arrows fly out against the enemy.
Get to say “goodbye” to this crazy but loveable guy today. Honored to officiate the services for my friend Jack Talbott. #EvenIf #NeverAlone
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Jack Talbott is one amazing guy. He really is. I met him at church…he and his beautiful wife Kathy. They both smile…lots. I’m pretty sure they both smile so much because of two things: they know God…and they know each other.
Jack was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years back. He was sitting on the bank of his favorite fishing hole…and was listening to two songs – one of my songs “Never Alone” and MercyMe’s “Even If” and came to the conclusion that this battle wasn’t to be the end of him…he would either be healed…or be Healed. Either way, he would never be alone.
And he wasn’t.
He had the support of an amazing wife right to the very end.
Jack cared for people greatly…he was “doing” things for others until the point that he couldn’t walk any more. Even then…he was trying to organize for things to BE done for others.
I’ve had people ask me why I keep this colorful “thing” around my mic stand. My former FOH engineer…and long time CLOSE friend Tony Schot passed away suddenly a few short weeks ago. He ALWAYS wore tie dyed shirts. This is in honor of Tony.