Weekend Review: Laura Story and Blessings
Sometimes you get a particular image of a person when you hear them in song or on the radio. Chaplain Terry likes to joke that people think he’s a 70-year old white man (he’s not).
I imagined that when I met Laura Story I’d meet the most quiet and reverent person possible who would end every sentence with “Praise God” and could back up every statement she made with a bible verse. I mean this is the person behind “Mighty to Save” and “Indescribable” – I’m sure most of her thoughts sound like lyrics to new praise and worship songs.
But this past Friday, I got a chance to meet and hang out with Laura and her husband Martin and a couple things were made clear immediately. They were laid back, they were fun and they were down to earth. It was clear that they have their priorities in the right place: with God and with their family. They were so easy to talk to, like friends you had known for years, even though I just met them hours before. It was weird to think that this normal couple had a major part in two of the most powerful songs in Christian music today.
Laura arrived on Friday afternoon and immediately sat down to chat with Chaplain Terry on Breakaway and talked about how she got in music. She even talked about the story behind some of her songs, including her brand new song, “Blessings,” a song that came out of her husband’s struggle with a brain tumor. Click here to check out that interview and download it.
Later that night, after she got a chance to practice with the WGTS Gateway Praise Band, Laura, her husband Martin, Chaplain Terry, Chaplain Pete, Music Director Ben, Production Assistant Warren and I piled into a car for a night tour guided by Chaplain Terry. (If you didn’t know he used to be a tour guide at the Pentagon) We got a chance to see the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial, Washington Monument, FDR Memorial and the White House. You can check out some of the pictures here on our facebook page. It was so much fun, in fact click here to check out her blog for a few of the things she learned on Chaplain Terry’s tour.
The next night, when Laura got on stage, I saw the exact same person we hung out with the day before. She was real, down-to-earth and passionate about God. I didn’t see someone who put on a show for the people who came to WGTS Gateway that night. She was a little goofy at times, worshipful when she led the audience in song and showed a little bit of vulnerability as she shared her thoughts and experiences that have been poured into her music. But it was never about her. It was always about God and how we all came together that night to praise him.
When the night ended (far too quickly) I not only had a great time, but I had experienced the kind of worship that allowed me to reflect on the blessings God has put in my life, even if I sometimes see them as challenges.
It showed me that simply being a normal person just like Laura Story who is willing to take life’s challenges and turn them into blessings is a great way to encourage myself and those around me.