Monday, April 10, 2006

Hope when it rains

It's raining like mad in New York City, out my window there appears to be a sea of umbrellas moving at light speed. I am going to run down to Chelsea to meet with a writer later today to talk about VOX, thank God I wore boots! Today I am listening to Mat Kearney's new song "All that I need", a song inspired by the floods in New Orleans.

Last night I had dinner with my friend John, we talked about love, life, death and new beginning's. John asked me how life is after I left the world of corporate fashion, I answered "lovely", scary, but lovely. In just a few days I will re-enter the world of fashion, this time serving a different purpose, opening conversations about faith and Jesus Christ. I suppose our brand mission is a bit odd for the fashion industry, but when has fashion ever been predictable?

After a full year of research, development and production Vox Sacra is days away from going live, Wednesday May 24th to be exact. My daughter Brynn's birthday. Not exactly what a 6-year old wishes for her birthday but in time she may think it's cool.

Thoughts of my conversation with John came back this morning when I received a text from another friend of mine who just watched her mother-in-law pass away after battling cancer. John had just lost his favorite aunt to cancer as well last week. Where do you find hope in death? Where do you find peace, when sadness chokes you silently? Where do you find faith, when prayers are not answered and you feel abandoned? Questions we all ask ourselves at some point in our life. I certainly have.

I found my answer to these questions a few years ago when my second daughter was born with a rare birth complication. Christ met me in all my despair, grief and loss and asked the same haunting question he had posed to me numerous times in my life... "Will you follow Me shawn?". For the first time, I decided to say yes and walk in faith, and that is when the healing and grace came.

Time to run downtown, join the fray of umbrellas, neon and the constant blur of yellow cabs.

What is your song?

shawn