listen to these two songs
I wrote the lyrics to these two songs many years ago, but the Valley Worship team and my son-in-law Zack Spangler brought them to life when they sang and recorded them. I pray your faith is strengthened as you listen!
enjoy the story behind these songs
I wrote The Rosebush in 1982, during a spiritually dry spell, the year after I graduated from Boston University during a spiritually dry spell. I didn't know then, how prophetic this song would be over the next several decades. Our son-in-law Zack Spangler surprised us one Sunday by creating a melody and singing it to us -- needless to say, we didn't have any dry eyes!
I wrote Surrounded one late night in 2017 while in Berlin, Germany (watch video for the story) and later in 2018, collaborated with our worship team to get it finalized. This song is based upon a prayer we prayed and spoke over our kids as they were growing up. As a church, we sang this song during the Covid era and we continue to sing and believe it. I trust you will be encouraged by both songs.