I've asked several of the writers of the new Anthology, Loving Hearts Live Forever to share with our readers about their accomplishments, goals, and thoughts on griefing the passing of a friend or family member. My first guest was Brenda F. Stoehr. Ms. Stoehr is a professional singer, musician and an Instructor. She knew many of the loved ones in the book and contributed many special memories.
My next guest is Angela Busick.
Angela gave her heart to the Lord at a young age and accepted the call to foreign missions. Still continuing further education in college and working full-time, she spends quality time with family, friends, and her cat Pebbles.
She is a contributor to the anthology, Loving Hearts Live Forever and is not only my niece, but my friend.
Examiner: Angela, you've accomplished so much in your life through writing songs, stories, continuing your education, leading Bible studies, and traveling overseas to spread the message of the Gospel. Any thoughts as to what you would like to pursue in the next few years?
Angela: I am currently doing graduate studies at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD, with plans and hopes to work with college-aged people as either a professor or a college minister/chaplain.
Examiner: Your writing abilities extend beyond stories and books, you also write music. In fact, you recorded a song and made a CD. Can you share about that experience?
Angela: The experience was wonderful and I would like to do more recording in the future, as well as sing with a Christian band. One great part of the recording process was that I woke up with new creative ideas every day, from the Lord, and brought them to the recording studio. The six-minute song took 9 hours in the studio, thus involving much "fun work". I also appreciated my mom being there for some of the recording sessions, which brought me encouragement to have her support and musical expertise available.
Examiner: You knew many of the loved ones mentioned in the anthology, Loving Hearts Live Forever and contributed by writing several stories. You shared an original song for your uncle and my husband Tim Ravert. Do you have any thoughts for those individuals who have just lost a loved one?
Angela: First, that God hasn't abandoned you. I also lost a first cousin about 4 months ago, who was only 31 years of age, with an 11-year-old child. Seeing the boy look at his mom in the casket was deeply moving to me, and I asked God why. I am just now beginning to see that He has been there for every grieving heart, in every moment of their pain. We live in a world with evil and pain, but God makes good out of the bad in this life. He also promises eternal life without pain, in heaven. God's only Son, Jesus, died the most painful death in history, but He looked ahead to the joy that would come through resurrection life and His glory on His heavenly throne. You're not alone. Get a support group of a Christian family that can hold you up when you can barely stand, emotionally and spiritually.