Tuesday, 10 April 2012

An Open Letter To David Ellefson

One Life – No Fear – Live For Today.” - JC (Blue Juice)

Dear David,

Today was one of those days. I wanted to watch something I haven't seen before so I logged onto my streaming service and selected Eric Steel's “The Bridge”. Every day I work around death, yet it was the film that got me thinking. While it's an awful film to use to begin this letter it shows that life is so fragile, here one moment and gone the next. We don't live forever. One day we'll pass from this life to the next and there's things I want to say before that happens to any of us. There may be no chance you'll ever see this but I wanted to write it anyway. No regrets and all of that.

One of the things I hope for is that there are people not in your immediate circle who tell you how much of an inspiration you are. I hope that there are people who stop you and thank you for something you've said or done (and not just the music. Which is awesome!). There are a lot of haters out there and, every day, I see them taking shots at you for who you are and what you're doing. Yet you don't give up. You don't remain silent. You speak and you encourage others. To stand on the world's stage and speak about your faith takes so much courage. People don't want to hear it yet, because of it, you're touching lives, showing them that there's more to this life than the 9 to 5 grind.

Over the past years, you've inspired me. Your own tale of drug addiction has helped me. It's nice to know that we're not alone, that there are others out there who are just like us. People who've battled with the demons that live within some of us. The battle is tough and long but you've proved that it can be done.

But what touches me the most is that you stepped away from all that is expected of you, all that the music scene thinks you should be, and opened a church. The way you go about it is so loving, so peaceful and embodies everything that Christ taught. It's the fact that you welcome everyone and haven't hidden yourself away which is most amazing. You truly do embody the love that this world needs right now. Love, peace and hope; never have we so desperately needed it and you have shown that it can be done. Never has the world needed what you are offering more than it does now. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for welcoming them in.

The work you're doing is amazing. Never let anyone else tell you otherwise. Don't listen to the negative comments. When the going gets tough, never forget that there are people out here who love you and all that you're doing. Keep going, keep spreading the love and hope because God has blessed you to do this.

Peace, love and blessings to you,
Rachael, UK
Film-maker/Author/Photographer/Music Fan

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