Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

The Turning Point {In the Church}

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, my family and I walked through the doors of Progressive Church of God in Christ in Colorado; at the end of the service, a group of kids walked up to us and introduced themselves. They were led by a young lady who would become my dearest friend and sister for life, Kim.

For the years that my dad was stationed in Colorado, our lives were so intertwined with Kim’s that I hardly have a memory of those years without her being there. After we moved to Italy, we kept in touch for a while, but like with almost all childhood relationships that started pre~internet, we lost touch. It would be a little over two decades before we’d reconnect and another year before we’d get to see each other again.

What I wasn’t prepared for when I saw Kim again was the love that I received from her family. Her children, who had never met me before, were calling me “Aunt  Dani” like they’d known me all their lives. And, her husband, Reggie embraced and teased me from the moment I walked through the door. I felt loved. I felt like family.

That’s the kind of love that crosses time and space. That’s the kind of love that God imparts to all of His children and helps strangers to connect. That’s the kind of love that comes with an anointing.

And let me tell you, my brother, Reggie, has been anointed by God with a music ministry that speaks to the peace, love, and joy that comes from knowing God. Last week, Reggie and Kim attended the premier of a movie called The Turning Point. The movie tells the story of a soldier who is dealing with post~traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning from a deployment overseas. The movie is directed by Ty Manns, a retired soldier, who drew from his own experiences in the military for the 101 minute film.

“The Turning Point” (Trailer) from Michael D. Jackson on Vimeo.

The film features select songs from Reggie’s CD “My Purpose”, which I own and love. The songs are “Just to Praise”, “Selah”, and “You Are”. Each song draws inspiration from a Bible verse and offers a ministry in song. “Just to Praise”, Hebrews 2:12, is a soulful ballad infused with sax and soft flowing vocals, perfect for worship. “Selah”, Psalm 77, and “You Are”, Psalm 86:8~10, are smoother, with nice drum beats and upbeat vocals, also great worship songs.

My Purpose by C. Reginald Summers {Living Outside the Stacks}

To learn more about or purchase your own copy of The Turning Point click here to visit  New Birth Outreach Church.

You can purchase Reggie’s CD,  “My Purpose”  by visiting Amazon or  you can listen to sample tracks by visiting CD Baby.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post; I simply love my family and want to help their endeavors for the kingdom of God.

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