Rich and the Indian Children

Song: "Awesome God"

"Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him" (Ps. 33:8).

Michael W. Smith had this to say about his friend Rich Mullins: "Rich's life and music have impacted me more than anyone I know….Nobody on this planet wrote songs like he did, and I feel we've lost one of the only true poets in our industry. I love Rich Mullins. No one will ever know how much I'll miss him."

 Would you like to have known the spirit and humility of Rich Mullins? It was manifested one evening in 1995 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. A great crowd had gathered for the opening of the Gospel Music Association's annual convention. Excitement mounted as the attendees awaited many of the recognizable names in contemporary music. The performers were dressed in their best, and this was to be an evening of worship.

Each person on the program presented his or her musical offering accompanied by beautiful lighting and unusual special effects. After several performances, a man walked onto the stage and took his place at the piano. A choir was behind him. As the lights were going up, Rich Mullins began to play, some thought somewhat prematurely. He was dressed in scruffy jeans and a flannel shirt and was unshaven. He scarcely looked up from the piano. He was presenting his signature song, "Awesome God". The music ceased, the lights went down, and Mullins slipped away-out of sight. Such was this man's character. 

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