on saturday, don and lori had their final waterdeep show in the KC area before moving to nashville. they asked kirk to run sound (he's become a bit of a regular go-to guy for them lately), which is just a bittersweet, full-circle thing for him. it's kind of his dream job to run sound for them, and just when he's become a trusted person they know to call on, they move on. i know it was a little sad for him.
i should say, it was a little sad to me, too. their music has been the part of my life, like i'm sure it has for many of you, that allows me to be who i am with all the rough edges and dirty, dark corners. their persistent honesty and raw lyrics make me feel like i belong with christ, like there's room for someone like me. they don't clean it up, make it nice, package it just so. i feel at home with their words. there are a few significant things in my life that have allowed me to truly experience the gospel, the good news of grace and mercy: waterdeep, sara groves, brennan manning's writing (e.g. ragamuffin gospel), cs lewis, being married to kirk, and working with kids that are as rough on the outside as i am inside (and sometimes outside!).
so, thanks don and lori. (and sara, brennan, clive, kirk, etc....)