Marty Martel Prayer Line This Thursday March 7

martymartelprayer2013If you have a prayer or a thought that you want to mention here or send to someone who you believe is deserving please use my column to reach special people who would go out of their way to say a special prayer on your behalf for that someone you care about – Marty Martel

WHISNews21 Prayer Line and thoughts for this Thursday ending March 7, By Marty Martel..



Hi Marty….Would you please add my friend Joanie’s granddaughter Skyler to the prayer list……Skyler is having her 3rd surgery for a lower spinal problem…..Skyller is 14 years old…..Thanks, Craig Backstrom, Coolidge, Az…..

Marty, Thought I would let you know..Bryan Adams who played some shows with me before he had massive heart attack has passed. He was buried on March 3rd in Mnt City ,Tn. He had worked with David Houston and on the Opry with Little Jimmy Dickens. Please post this so his friends and fellow musicians in Nashville area will know…Darnell Miller

Please keep Bryan family in your thoughts and prayers in this time of sadness in their lives.


The following was sent to me yesterday. Freddie Hart is a dear friend of mine. Please pray that his wife Ginger’s surgery will be successful. I will post information as I rcv it.

From: Don Bradley Date: 3/6/2013 2:26:14 PM

Hi Florine, We are going to need a little help on your prayer line, Freddie Hart’s wife Ginger will be going into the operating room in about two hours, it is now 1220 pm in California so that means between two and three our time. It is cancer, where I am not sure, Freddie was a little torn up when he called a few minutes ago but promised he would call no later then the first thing in the morning with an update as to her condition, at that time I will email you. So all the help you, me and the Lord can give her would be much appreciated by her family. All the best and Thanks Florine Don

The following is an article published in today’s Tennessean, and I felt that it delivered a powerful message that I should send out to everyone. We all at sometime in our life need someone to be our shoulder and ear when we are going through difficult times. I have been guilty of not being that kind of a person and this article has some great thoughts to put into our memory banks for the future when someone is in need of advice or just our friendship. Many times it is not intentional, I just did not want to infringe on my friends problems, but I should have offered my words to console and try to help.

Mindy McCready celebrated by family, friends at Nashville service

Posted on March 6, 2013 by Jim Myers


Lorrie Morgan sings “Ave Maria” at the McCready memorial at the Church of the Incarnation (Photo: John Partipilo/The Tennessean)

It was the kind of day, cold and gusty, that makes it hard to believe that spring is on the horizon.

It was also a day that brought out hurting friends, their collars turned to the chill, to gather at the Cathedral of the Incarnation to remember singer Mindy McCready, who took her own life on Feb. 17. On that sad day, standing in the cold on the front-porch of her home in Heber Springs, Ark., McCready lost sight of the horizon.

A Wednesday-afternoon gathering in Nashville — organized by her publicist Kat Atwood along with singers Lorrie Morgan, Bekka Bramlett, and Bryan White —brought together mostly family and friends and music industry people whose paths intersected with McCready’s early in her career.

Morgan, a labelmate at RCA, spoke about their nights of carousing that earned consternation from then boss Joe Galante. Morgan also remembered McCready’s soulful eyes.

“In her eyes, I could always see sadness…a soul crying for help,” later adding,“Who knows what could have made Mindy truly happy? We all seem to ask ourselves, ‘What could we have done to change this sad outcome?’”

Others, like bandleader Jimmy Nichols, took up the call to love more and judge less.“We should look deeper into the lives of those of us who cry out for help and see if there isn’t more that we can do to make a difference in others’ lives, even if it means some sacrifices within our own.”

There were few allusions to McCready’s struggles with alcohol and drugs, addiction and abuse. The Rev. Edward F. Steiner instead drew attention to McCready’s love, music, and the two children she left behind, 6-year-old Zander and 11-month-old Zayne.

The children were not at the service, but McCready’s mother Gayle Inge, along with brothers and cousins represented the family.

“Just by watching what happened today, Mindy touched so many lives,” Inge said. “She was in and out of lives that I didn’t even really know about. I was just mom at home. But I think we’ll always remember her by her voice. She’s always been the sunshine. When she was little, she was always the loudest one in the house.”

Cousin Ashley Webb read a statement from McCready’s father, who continues to mourn in private.

In the letter he said,“How I wish with all my heart she would still be here.” He also referenced her fiancé David Wilson, who took his own life on the same Arkansas porch a month before McCready, saying that Mindy and Wilson were “deeply in love.”

The service was also about music. White sang the Point of Grace song “What I Already Know,”Morgan offered a heartbreaking rendition of “Ave Maria” that filled the sanctuary, while Bramlett channeled old-soul spirituality of “How Great Thou Art.”

The service concluded with recently recorded but unreleased versions of McCready singing “The Dance” and “Both Sides Now,” songs that shone with a voice still great but punctuated with the sadness of loss.

As people filed out of the church back into a cold afternoon, brushed with the gold of the setting sun, Inge acknowledged the end.

“Mindy did deal with issues, but she’s healed today. And I don’t know that she could have been healed here, but she’s healed on the other side.”

And while too many commentaries called her demise a downward spiral, it was apparent from the people who knew her best, that this descent was too precipitous, that nobody there could catch this crashing star.

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