I’m trying to come down from a Frio River high after four days at Laity Lodge in the Hill Country of Texas with members of The High Calling.

On second thought, I don’t want to come down.

I want to immerse myself in the sounds of running water and a crackling fire, the clatter of dishes, quiet whispers and holy laughter, soft prayers in corners where two or three had gathered, and voices raised in worship. And I can do that virtually because Facebook is virtually exploding with photos.

I met three new-to-me musicians there–Christopher Williams along with Drew and Ellie Holcomb.

Christopher is a songwriter and storyteller from Nashville. He helped our group load suitcases at the airport, which to me spoke straight up of a spirit of humility.  He’s got a fun sense of humor and loses himself in the rhythm and message of his songs, while he accompanies himself with guitar and African djembe hand drum. He supports Blood:Water Mission, whose heart is to empower communities to work together to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa. He also has a heart for International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that works to rescue and support victims of trafficking and abuse as well as work for appropriate action against perpetrators.

Drew and Ellie, also of Nashville, arrived with their sweet baby, Emmylou, who “challenged” her mom for the microphone. They ooze Jesus joy, and it’s  contagious. I read that Drew collects books, speaks French, and has a Master’s degree in divinity. Way cool. “Each of us has a story,” he says, “and it is the only one we can tell.” Ellie also tours with their band, “The Neighbors,” although she plans to step back to part-time in order to focus on some of her own music and mother their daughter, who also travels with them, from home. She supports the Mocha Club, a community of people that give up some mochas to help make a difference in Africa, as well as FashionABLE, whose goal is to create sustainable business in Africa–to create opportunities for vulnerable women.

Anyway, I think you’d like them and their music.

Here’s just a taste of it.

 

“Praise the Lord, O my soul

Oh and all my inmost being

Praise the Lord, O my soul

Don’t forget His love.” ~ From Psalm 103

video by David Rupert

“So come and find me

In the darkest night of my soul

In the shadow of the valley

I am dying for you to make me whole

For you to make me whole.”

video by Sandra Heska King

“Carry me to the gate called beautiful

Let the door swing open wide

You might see me as a broken vessel

But to this body I am not tied.”