… A song about love and life, not death.
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him.
Psalm 40:1–3 NIV
My previous posts “A Test of Time” and “Fancy Things” are excerpts from my testimony I wrote a decade ago in preparation to share at a women’s event where I was one of the speakers. I wrote that testimony while recovering from my brain aneurysm.
Where do I begin to tell the story?
In fact, I was dreaming about starting Ruby Buckle before suffering my brain aneurysm. I loved women’s ministry, encouraging others, fine paper and greeting cards. A name came to mind as I thought about these things: Roy Lessin. Throughout the years of my faith journey, greeting cards, devotional books and even a leather-bound journal crossed my path carrying words of encouragement, love and life – all with his name attached to the writings.
My employment at the time had me traveling the highways and byways, so I had lots of time to dream about these things alone in my car. It was before the days of having your calendar documented on your phone, so I traveled with the old-fashioned kind, a large paper planner complete with its own carrying case. It was in the fall, when squash and pumpkin wagons typically adorn the landscape of rural Minnesota ... my favorite time of year.
I had the thought that I should inquire with Roy to see if he would have any input about my greeting card ministry idea. I scribbled a note into my planner: “Write to Roy Liesen with idea.” The entry was recorded on November 7, 2007 with his last name misspelled. Three weeks later, I suffered my brain aneurysm and forgot about it completely ... until April 2011. There was a stirring once again to reach out to him.
I did a little investigating to see if I could find him. I searched the internet to learn as much as I could about Roy's life and story and the famous Christian company he co-founded, DaySpring Cards. (You might as well go straight to the top with a smile.)
I wrote the letter on my knees on April 11, 2011. I’ll share the introduction here:
Dear Mr. Lessin,
I am sure that countless people have come to you through the years with ideas they wanted to share with you—I hope that you might find the time to hear mine. It has been on my heart to contact you for some time now, and it seems that I cannot ignore the nudging for another day.
I pulled the duplicate copy of it out of my file cabinet to check the date on it, and I have to smile as I see the length of it today. Two solid pages. Single-spaced, printed on the finest paper I had in my arsenal of creative supplies. A two-page letter is quite long for a business inquiry. Not only did Roy read my letter, he wrote back to me almost immediately. Oh love!
I owe him a debt of gratitude that I can never repay.