A beautiful night, weather-wise, and it became an even more beautiful night with a surprise encounter with a man with a silken baritone voice. Lilly, Dave, Sandy, Mike, and I were there to help the many visitors we had to the van. We were busy, but not so busy that we didn't stop for about ten minutes to listen to Wahya, recently arrived at Sojourners, sing us some serenades of 1970s-era blues rock tunes and even some country. He had been a singer in a band many years before, but circumstances led him out of that profession and eventually to where he is today. He has lost much, but not his voice or his passion for song. Mostly he sang alone, but I joined him to sing the beginning of Bob Seeger's "Turn the Page". A gentle man, mostly (perhaps all) Native American. He told us the story of how he received his name, a name that in his tradition can only be given as a gift for doing right things, never claimed for oneself. A fascinating man who I hope can find his way off the "long and lonesome highway" and back into the life that he knew and that he deserves.
Caption: Wahya singing in his rich baritone voice for Pastor David and others.