Good Wednesday morning! It’s a rainy, cold morning in Nashville, with temperatures about 10 degrees below normal. Makes me envy my good friend, Jeff Slaughter, as he has just returned from vacation in warmer climates! For those of you who know LifeWay’s VBS, Jeff needs no introduction. But, just in case any of you are new here, I’ll give you a short intro. Jeff began writing the music for our VBS with Good News Stampede, our 1997 release. We’ve been fortunate to have him remain on board with us for what will be our 16th theme next year! (And it’s a good one!) I love to hear Jeff’s stories of how the lyrics and melodies come to him each year. Jeff sincerely presents himself as a vessel for God to use.
Here’s an interesting story from Jeff about this year’s “pretty song” (as I like to call it), “I Will.”
Hey everybody! This is such a fun time of the year for me…getting to travel around to different VBS conferences… singing, dancing and worshiping with friends…and hearing about how the Lord is already using this program to touch people’s lives. I love to hear the stories!
A few weeks ago a lady shared with me that the woman who wrote the lyrics for the hymn “Take the Name of Jesus With You,” Lydia Baxter, was born in New York, started a church in Petersburg, NY, and served as a missionary in the state until she passed away in NYC in 1874! I had no idea when I used the chorus of this hymn as the bridge for “I Will” (the Day 4 song) that New York was such a special part of the composer’s life! I love how the Lord is always “connecting the dots” for us!
One more thing, she was born on Sept. 2nd, 1809. Our VBS team settled upon the Big Apple Adventure theme on Sept. 2nd, 2009! So cool!! How sweet of the Lord to allow her passion for New York to continue to have an impact 200 years later!!