I heard today that Larry Norman had died. I haven’t thought about Larry Norman for many years, save to laugh at those times when I and others like me used to sit up late on summer nights under canvas, somewhere in Cornwall or Dorset scaring ourselves witless by listening to "I Wish We’d All Been Ready". But the news of his death brought memories back, of songs and people who used to be friends and seeing him in concert at a celebration called "The Banquet" in 1980something at Wembly Arena. And then in evening prayers tonight the leader played "I Am a Servant" and I remember sitting in my room, singing, praying those words at the age of, I don’t know, 16 or something.
Well my life is filled with songs
But I just could not get along without my friends
And I’m happy now, but when this good life ends
I know a better life begins …
And someone died for all your friends
But even better yet, he lives again.
And if this song does not make sense to you,
I hope His spirit slips on through, He loves you.
‘Song for a Small Circle of Friends’