It's been a long time since I really listened to your music. I have to admit I've gone astray, into the music of other genres. Three Days Grace, Buckcherry, Aerosmith, Flogging Molly, The Cure, The Black Crowes, Better than Ezra, etc. Actually when I got ready to start this letter, it was going to be to Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace, but then I remembered sitting in the car in the WaWa parking lot, listening to your first cd, a song called Praise You In This Storm. By the time Kevin got back to the car, I was crying like crazy. I don't remember ever being moved like I was by that song. Maybe it was just that time in my life, but for months I listened to that cd over and over again, and every single track, and I do mean EVERY track meant something to me.
When we started our youth group at church, we named them The Voice of Truth after yet another song on that album. I've still got tee shirts with the name and logo on them even though it's a distant memory now. The group, the church, and the kids. That cd helped get me through what I can only describe as hell. A time in my life that I truly felt like everything was falling apart, a time when I wondered if I'd make it out the same person I was when it started.
Thank you for being there when I needed you, for writing the music that may have literally saved my sanity if not my life. I used to tell everyone I ran into about you and your music, the story behind how Casting Crowns came to be, such an inspirational story to be true, but I have to apologize that it's been a long long time since I've had the heart to listen again. Today marks the first day in a long time, and I think now I'll be coming back to you, so thanks again.