A Candlelight in Central Park

October 14, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

By the time you get this issue of Release and read (if you do read) this little essay of mine, I will have celebrated my fortieth birthday.  In my mid- to late-twenties, I had some romantic, highly exaggerated notions about an early death – taking off at thirty-three – joining the company of Mozart, Foster, Jesus, and other immortals who checked out in their early thirties.  But this was a party I didn’t get an invitation to – a gang I didn’t belong in (me not being a genius and all).  So, in Chicago I had my own party – celebrating the fun of being alive as opposed to the mystique of having an untimely death.

– Rich Mullins,killed in a car crash at 41 years old

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PG20Auul1M

But when I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
It’ll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won’t break my heart to say goodbye.

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  1. April T. says:

    It is eerie. Rich Mullins was one of my all-time favorites. Wept like I lost my best friend when I found out he was gone. He was able to articulate in his songs what I sensed in my spirit but never could put into words … God granted his prayer. Be careful for what we ask …

    • Mark says:

      Great to hear from you, April. I didn’t get to know all about him until after he died. What a loss he was for all of us.

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