Monday, February 25, 2008

only visiting this planet

Larry went home Sunday. His was the first taste of Jesus Music I'd ever experienced, before Stonehill, Heard, Matthews, Green, Stookey or Love Song. Even back then Larry Norman was considered the father of Christian Rock. To me he was the voice of the Jesus Movement, his righteous rock & roll ushered in a whole new sound, taking back the music that was once considered the devils...after all - as the song says - WHY SHOULD THE DEVIL HAVE ALL THE GOOD MUSIC! I got an email from an old friend Don Peters today with the news of Larry's death. To everyone I mentioned of his one knew who he was - "Larry who?" On the way home from work I called Brook...someone who would know who.
I am an old Jesus Freak, I remember you Larry, and I love your songs and appreciate your heart...your service. God bless you Larry - we'll catch you on the flip side. -dbf
April 8, 1947 to February 24, 2008

MESSAGE FROM SOLID ROCK - PLEASE READ Hello everybody. Our friend and my wonderful brother Larry passed away at 2:45 Sundaymorning. Kristin and I were with him, holding his hands and sitting in bed with him when his heart finally slowed to a stop. We spent this past week laughing, singing, and praying with him, and all the while he had us taking notes on new song ideas and instructions on how to continue his ministry and art. Several of you friends here got to come and visit with him in the last couple of weeks and were a great source of help and friendship to Larry. Ray Sievers, Derek Robertson, Mike Makinster, Matt Simmons, and a few more. Thank you guys. Larry appreciated your visits very much. And he greatly appreciated the thoughts, wishes, support and prayers that came from all of you are my members on a daily basis. Thank you for being part of his small circle of friends over the years. Yesterday afternoon he knew he was going to go home to God very soon and he dictated the following message to you while his friend Allen Fleming typed these words into Larry's computer:

"I feel like a prize in a box of cracker jacks with God's hand reaching down to pick me up. I have been under medical care for months. My wounds are getting bigger. I have trouble breathing. I am ready to fly home. My brother Charles is right, I wont be here much longer. I cant do anything about it. My heart is too weak. I want to say goodbye to everyone. In the past you have generously supported me with prayer and finance and we will probably still need financial help. My plan is to be buried in a simple pine box with some flowers inside. But still it will be costly because of funeral arrangement, transportation to the gravesite, entombment, coordination, legal papersetc. However money is not really what I need, I want to say I love you.I'd like to push back the darkness with my bravest effort. There will be a funeral posted here on the website, in case some of you want to attend. We are not sure of the date when I will die. Goodbye, farewell, we will meet again. Goodbye, farewell, we'll meet again, somewhere beyond the sky. I pray that you will stay with God .
Goodbye, my friends, goodbye."

Thank you to all of you who were so nice to my brother over the years. Kristin and I will post funeral information in the next day or two. Right now we're not able to function very well, but the whole family is here... our mother Margaret, our sisters Nancy and Kristy, Mike Norman and his new wife Tiffany, and Silver. We miss him beyond words. Thank you for everything. Peace to you all in Christ, Charles Norman

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