Saturday, September 11, 2004


We’re all thinking about the people who died in 9/11 and wishing none of it had ever happened. We’re not alone in wishful thinking, you know.

I never met her and never saw her work, but Omaha storyteller Nancy Duncan died at 67 the other day, and the creative community is hurting. How they wish she’d never gotten breast cancer, because she had so many more stories to tell. People she entertained and people she mentored in the dramatic arts and storytelling joined with people she loved to mourn her and also celebrate her life.

I was touched by the fact that she saw the same giant rainbow on the last night of her life that we saw from the balcony of a dear neighbor’s wedding reception. She thought it was for her, the way we thought it was for them. Of course, it was for all of us.

In memory of Nancy Duncan and the 9/11 victims, I played and sang Kermit the Frog’s famous song on our piano the other day. The lyrics mean a lot to me. Hope they do to you, too:

The Rainbow Connection
By Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher

Why are there so many songs about rainbows,
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.

So we’ve been told, and some choose to believe it;
I know they’re wrong; wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the Rainbow Connection;
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

Who said that ev’ry wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it;
Look what it’s done so far.

What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see?

Someday we’ll find it, the Rainbow Connection;
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

All of us under its spell;
We know that it’s probably magic.

Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.

I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m s’posed to be.
Someday, we’ll find it, the Rainbow Connection;
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

Farewell, Nancy Duncan. Thanks for the love and the dreams. Like the rainbow and the memories of the loved ones killed in 9/11, your story never ends. That’s all you ever wanted. That’s all any of us ever needs.


Prayer request: Speaking of an elder loved one, there’s a house back in Virginia that’s been empty and for sale for a year. The aged owner, Nell, is in assisted living. The very sweet and diligent daughter back here would love to make that checkmark on her ‘’Sandwich Generation Things to Do List.’’ Lord Jesus, she has been so faithful to Your commandments regarding elder care, and she is so worthy of financial blessing. We bow before You because we know you’ll make it happen. (Psalm 41:1)

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