No Longer Visiting This Planet

At the beginning of my faith journey with Jesus, most of my earliest mentors were musicians, whose music spoke to my heart and challenged my beliefs. Resurrection Band, Servant, Keith Green, Randy Stonehill, and, looming large among them, Larry Norman. Although I only saw him from a distance at several concerts or festivals, his music was a major voice in my life.

Larry passed away a couple of days ago. I’d just returned from Mexico this morning to find an email from my fellow Norman-phile, Brother Maynard, alerting me to Larry’s death.

Here is Larry’s final communique, dictated from what would be his deathbed, just a day before he passed:

“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 … 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.

~ Larry

Farewell, Larry. The world is poorer for your passing. Someday, I’ll get to thank you in person. But for now, we rejoice with you, that you no longer see through a glass darkly, but face to Face.

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