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Church Events In Madison With Mikah Meyer And National Park Trek, And “My Ántonia” At Holy Wisdom Monastery–Each With A Nebraska Theme

September 29, 2018

This week with all the chaos which was unfolding in Washington, James and I found the perfect places to settle the mind while being lifted and inspired.

Wednesday night we were at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison where a most amazing voice and a very powerful message was heard.

Mikah Meyer grew up in Nebraska with a dad who nursed a deep love of road trips. His father loved them so much that he would drive Meyer’s three older sisters to and from college any time they needed to get back home. That ended with his father’s death from cancer in 2005.  Meyer was 19, and not yet in college. He never had a chance to experience that with his dad.

That’s what inspired him–more than 12 years ago–to take his first road trip alone. He’s taken one road trip like it every year since then, all to honor his dad. He started this latest one last year on the 11th anniversary of his father’s death, during the centennial of the US National Parks. It’s a three-year mission, and once he completes it, he’ll break the records for being the youngest person to see all the National Parks and the only one to have done it in one continuous trip.  There are over 400 stops on his agenda.

“Tomorrow’s not guaranteed,” Meyer explained this week in Madison.  He has repeated that lesson nationwide.  He knew that when he turned 30, he wanted to take on an especially ambitious trip.

Meyer has sung professionally with the National Cathedral’s choir in Washington, DC, and his father was a Lutheran pastor, so it’s a logical fit. He passes through towns on his travels and frequently stops by their churches to tell his story, sing for their congregations, and receive donations if the faithful feel charitable. Remarkably, it doesn’t stop there, either.

Meyer characterizes his identity as a gay man as a core part of his journey as he lets people know that God and being gay are not separate paths in life.

Thursday evening after a marathon watching session of the Senate Judiciary Committee James and I were most pleased to be guests at Holy Wisdom Monastery for an event honoring a classic of American literature, My Ántonia, by novelist Willa Cather.  The book was saluted in music.

The novel was first published in 1918. To celebrate the anniversary, award-winning composer Brent Edstrom created a song-cycle based on the novel which follows two pioneer children coming of age on the Nebraskan prairie.  The performance featured Brent Edstrom on piano, tenor Scott Miller, and violinist Tana Bachman-Bland.

 

One Comment
  1. September 29, 2018 1:03 PM

    In these bleak times…. Thanks for the uplift. I say this especially as a Lutheran and admirer of Willa Cather.

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