“Had an amazing time in India at Rising Star Outreach! Very humbling to go there and even though it was a short trip it was a life changing experience. Just makes you appreciate things more and gives you a different perspective of things. Sorry for the rambling babbling and still not really getting to everything I wanted to explain, but hopefully we can get a Q&A sometime soon!”
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This picture made me cry. For reasons that have nothing — and everything — to do with David Archuleta.
In my faith, we celebrate a special service the Thursday before Easter — one in which clergy wash the feet of the parishioners (or we wash each others’ hands or feet) as a reminder of the way Christ washed the feet of the Apostles before the Last Supper.
It’s usually one of the most moving experiences of my year and I think I’d feel the same way even if I was just a visitor, even if I was agnostic or atheist or just plain cranky. That simple gesture of one person caring for another in such a tender, personal way symbolizes for me everything we should try to be for one another.
The love that heals all wounds, erases all cares, bonds us together and — as David said in today’s vlog — reminds us that other souls are “just like us.”
If that picture is so powerful, you’re probably wondering why didn’t I post it here supersize.
It was a purely personal decision. I could be way off-base, but I get the sense that while David wants to use his musical gifts and notoriety to help others and to bring awareness to worthwhile causes like Rising Star Outreach, he’s careful not to become the central focus, to use the cause as one big photo op, the way some celebrities might. As if.
That said, the pictures (from Ron Gunnell, who was also on the trip) are too moving not to share. What I think I love most about them is that they don’t show us anything we didn’t already know about David. Not only because of what he says … and sings… but how he treats others regardless of their station in life.
Here’s an excerpt from a post — called “Witness to the Goodness” — that Happy* wrote a while back after a video of David visiting a nursing home surfaced (until he asked for it to be taken down). I think it applies even more so today:
“Anyone who is tuned in to life can see the beauty in that event. I need not expound on it. I just want to witness to the goodness. So I emerge from my present phase for that purpose. There is no mystery here, when people are righteous that inspiration demands and deserves appreciation.
“Thank you, David Archuleta, for being a great kid; for loving humanity; for sharing your gifts with both young and old; for allowing yourself to see the precious gift that is life and spirit in all of God’s people even those who seem no longer relevant. And may you always retain the humble belief that you are one soul in a great sea of souls, attempting to witness to Love in a world in great need of Love; no more and no less, for that humility is in itself a great gift to you and to us. Peace.”
P.S. What do you guys think? How did you feel watching David thank us for contributing to the Pathway of Hope? Have you done something differently today after watching his vlog? Do you think he’ll write a song about the experience or change his path altogether?
*Miss you, Miss Happy!