Sadly, in December of 2011, I lost a good friend, Stephen Getzelemann. As Stephen battled against a Strep A infection, our church surrounded he and his wife and son. It seemed like everyone was praying and pitching in to help, support and do whatever they could for the family. This care and concern didn’t go unnoticed. Stephen was first cousin to Kimberly Williams Paisley (Father of the Bride) and Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), and cousin to Brad Paisley (County Singer) by marriage. They all were exposed firsthand to how our church practiced the biblical charge to serve and care for one another. As a result, just this past April, Brad Paisley released his new album, “Wheelhouse” that included a song, “Those Crazy Christians”, at least partially inspired by the care he saw Stephen and family receiving. You can click here to read the Parade Magazine article where Paisley explains the motivation behind the song.
If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
2 Corinthians 5:13-15
Mike, you have affected more people in your quiet, yet powerful way than you can possibly imagine. In 1995, God plopped you right down on that West Millbrook Middle School grass and helped save my soul.
Brad Paisley just saw what I’ve seen for almost 20 years.
Thanks John! You’re the best kind of friend. And, that’s enough girl talk.
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Great song. Thanks for posting this Mike.
For what it’s worth, I think I have corrected the link to the Parade Magazine article. Sorry for any confusion!
You’re welcome Anthony! You and your family are apart of this story as well!