A letter recently sent by me to the Anders family:
Chris & Gina,
Thank you ever so much!
It has been my desire for a long time to meet
Jordan Page, and especially to hear him in a live
performance of his song of "Liberty".
Last Saturday night, you fulfilled my dream and
Jordan's new song "Modus Operandi" and his other
new song about Abraham resonated deeply within the
chambers of my heart, but also profoundly touched
the well springs of my personal faith.
"Modus Operandi" in many ways reminds me of the
cry for individual liberty and personal
accountability and empowerment,
made so many years ago by Bobby Darin, in his
"Simple Song of Freedom".
Even so, it was Jordan's poignant song about the
heartbreaking choices made by the Old Testament
Patriarch Abraham, and the ever enduring strife
since then between the descendants of his sons
Ishmael and Isaac, that reached even
more deeply into my heart and soul.
God's command for Abraham to ever so reluctantly
banish his firstborn son Ishmael and later to
willingly sacrifice his sole remaining heir Isaac
is a profound part of the pathos that is woven
deeply within the fabric of my faith and deepens
my understanding of Christ's Atonement on behalf
of all of the children of our Father in Heaven.
In addition to all of that, your hospitality in
providing your home to a select few of us for
that intimate venue, even though both of you
were suddenly and unexpectedly called away by an
employment mandate, was a wondrous gift.
It also truly was a privilege to bask in the
glow of that night's fellowship and friendship.
In particular, Elliott & Isabelle,
Jessie & Jerry, and Laura stand out
to me as especially choice friends and colleagues.
Laura, choking up when she spoke to me of
how much she loves her Dad, only is one example
of the gentle and good hearts within that choice
Since my personal circumstances required an
"Irish Exit" by me that night, thereby forfeiting
a possible opportunity to more properly thank
Jordan, please do me the personal favor of
forwarding this email and my gratitude to him.
Postscriptum: By the way, it was not my idea
to hide all of the rolls of toilet paper in
your bathrooms prior to your return home.