Love Transforms

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“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi


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Psalm 69:3

I have sunk into the mire of the deep, where there is no foothold. I have gone down to the watery depths; the flood overwhelms me.


I read this and I get goose bumps.

Back in 1997, I was thoroughly miserable with my life even though most people had no idea.

I appeared quite successful as a radio news anchor and reporter, but inside I felt lost.

In retrospect, my true self was crying out from under the many masks my ego had concocted to conform with the world’s idea of success and of being important.

It was a major flood of the Ohio River that literally overwhelmed me.

My soul had already sunk into the mire of the deep from years of having to immerse myself in bad news and announce it on the airwaves.

Then came the first week of March when there was a terrible flood that lasted weeks.

(Photo from WLWT)

I spent that first week covering story after story after story of devastation to people’s properties and lives.

On that Friday, I came home in the evening exhausted and empty.

I sank into my couch and in complete surrender cried out to God saying, “I—give—up.”

And it was then, in the watery depths of despair, that I heard a whisper in my heart that simply said, “Get your guitar.”


That made no worldly sense because I had not even touched my guitar in a decade, nor had I really played it much at all since I was a kid.

How could that be an answer to my troubles?

The experience was so real that I did get my childhood guitar out of its dusty case, and from that afternoon on, I began to play again.

And to write.

I started writing songs.

The songs led me into a deeper dive into my Christian faith and especially into the life of Jesus, which led me to many experiences of new life.

Today I have four albums of original songs as well as two books about listening to the Spirit’s silent voice and about the unconditional love of God for all people.

The loss of all I thought was important has led to the gain of more life and love than I can express.

My message to you is this: Trust that you came from Love, are here to experience and share Love, and that you will one day return to the Love that made you.

Allow this Love to change you.


Listen to the song of the day “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks 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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