Pay It Forward

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“God has created and redeemed us in love and has chosen us to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life.” – Henri Nouwen


Listen to my song “How Wonderful to Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

Support my ministry by purchasing my songs and books at the links following the scripture reflection below. Thank you!


Psalm 71:17

God, you have taught me from my youth; to this day I proclaim your wondrous deeds.


As I look back to my youth, I can now see the tender love of God that was always with me.

This Love upheld me and embraced me through the unfolding events of my life like a nurturing, compassionate mother.

It carried me through the storms that presented themselves as a part of this earthly realm.

I distinctly remember lying on a hospital gurney as an adolescent awaiting to have a minor surgery.

For a time, I was alone looking up at the lights above me.

There was a moment when I sensed in my heart that I had nothing to fear and that this experience will help comfort me later in life when there will be a more serious matter.

That memory came back to me as a 38-year-old when I was in a different hospital being transported on a gurney to have an emergency appendectomy.

I again felt the comforting arms of a God who is like a loving mother cradling a babe in arms saying, “Do not fear. All shall be well.”

Several days later as I lay on my hospital bed very sick due to the paralysis of my digestive tract, this Love suddenly filled me with an intense experience of my oneness with God and all things.

The whole experience was life-changing.

It led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Religious and Pastoral Studies, to record four albums of music, and to publish two devotional books.

To this day, I proclaim God’s wondrous deeds in words and song!


Listen to the song of the day “How Wonderful to Me” on the Live to Love album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on Amazon Music by clicking HERE.

Purchase my new book “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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