Remembering Della Reese

“When you walk down the road

Heavy burden, heavy load

I will rise and I will walk with you

Walk with you

Til the sun don’t shine

Walk with you every time

Believe me I will walk with you…”

“Touched By An Angel” theme song

                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                      

      Della Reese was a brilliantly funny and profoundly moving actor, an unforgettably talented, mesmerizing singer, a savvy talk-show host, a dedicated minister, and the star of a top-ten television hit.  But most of all, she was an undeniable one-woman enterprise selling one precious product – the fierce love of an ever-loving God whom she lived to serve and share.  And she shared that unshakeable faith of hers wherever she walked – onto a film set, into an elevator, down an airport concourse or a grocery store aisle.  If you saw Della Reese heading your way, you knew something was going to change.

       It’s the way she walked into a room that I will remember most.  There was the room before Della entered.  And then it was us in Della’s room.  If the sheer magnitude of her powerful presence wasn’t enough to announce her arrival, there was always the liberal bestowing of hugs and blessings. “God bless you today.”  “God bless you today.” “God bless you today.” And when Della said it, it wasn’t a greeting, it was a command – an exhortation to stop and acknowledge that you were, in fact, blessed, so you’d better shape up and live like it.

        Once, on the set of “Touched By An Angel,” a guest star found himself unable to continue shooting an emotionally-charged “revelation” scene in which Della’s character, Tess, reveals herself as an angel with a message of forgiveness from God.  When I took the actor aside, he broke into tears and said he’d just spent two years writing a play to promote atheism, and in the space of twenty minutes performing one scene on camera with Della Reese, his entire belief system had been shaken.  “I may have just wasted two years of my life.  That woman really believes.  And I’m starting to believe her.”

        Della Reese stepped into the role of Tess with the natural ease that the rest of us step into a favorite pair of slippers.  Sharing the good news of God’s love was as comfortable and familiar to her as walking and talking and breathing. And yet, her pitch-perfect portrayal for nine years of a no-nonsense, straight-talking, uncompromising angel was formed over decades of struggle and sacrifice and single-minded determination to beat the odds.

        During a career that spanned seven decades, through wars and civil rights, hardship and success, she survived. She survived the days when a black woman could sing in a luxury hotel but wasn’t allowed to stay there. She survived life-threatening injuries and a devastating stroke.  She survived heartbreaking personal and professional loss.  And through it all, she steadfastly held to her faith that she was born with a purpose to fulfill and that each step she took in this life would never be taken alone.

       What a blessing that for nine years we got to walk along with her as she and her beloved angel daughter Roma Downey reminded the world every Sunday night that excellence isn’t easy, that love is a choice and must be fought for and defended with truth and integrity and faith.  And, of course, that God loves you. 

        “God bless you today” as you remember Della.  And know that even now, she is walking where she was always planning to walk forever – alongside her Creator.

                                                                        With love,

                                                                        Martha Williamson

Ecclesiastes 8:15

“So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun.”

~ New King James Version

“There are times…”

“There are times when I have to take, I call it a ‘silence bath,’ where I shut off all of the external gadgets. I go walk around, talk to people, and just live life for a while.”
~ Patton Oswalt, comedian/writer/actor

Postables make a splash at Summer TCA 2015

2015 SUMMER TCA – On Wednesday, July 29th, Crown Media Family Networks’ President & CEO Bill Abbott and Executive Vice President, Programming and Network Publicity Michelle Vicary host the company’s 2015 Summer Press Tour for TV writers and critics at one of Beverly Hills’ most exclusive private residences, revealing the next 6 months of programming for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. http://www.crownmediapress.com/pressexpress Picture: Credit: Copyright 2015 Crown Media, Inc./Alexx Henry Studios

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Your man with glasses letter reaches Buncrana man Barry Henderson

BBC News – Northern Ireland

18 July 2015

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While things like postcodes and addresses are usually thought of as pretty much essential for letters to be delivered, it seems they’re not so important to the postmen and women of Donegal.

A letter addressed: “Your man Henderson, that boy with the glasses who is doing a PhD up here at Queen’s in Belfast. Buncrana, County Donegal, Ireland,” successfully reached its intended recipient last week – student Barry Henderson.

A friend of Barry’s sent the letter in an attempt to demonstrate how small Buncrana is.

The letter travelled more than 80 miles from Belfast, before being delivered to the office of Mr Henderson’s wife, Roisin in the town, which has a population of about 7,000.

Inside was a note saying: “If this has arrived, you live in a village.”

Royal Mail had stamped on the letter: “Please remember to write the postcode clearly.”

Roisin Henderson told BBC Radio Foyle she thought the local postmen were “wonderful”.

“They go above and beyond,” she said.

“I actually cornered the postman that came into the office this morning, but he claimed it wasn’t him.

“I’m not sure if he was being shy or it really wasn’t, but I’m going to find the postman.”

The letter arrived in the same week that the Republic of Ireland introduced postcodes for the first time, with every house receiving a unique seven-digit identifying code, known as an Eircode.

“I think it proves there’s no need for Eircode,” Roisin said.

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