I was honored to interview my friend, Denny Flanagan, for this week's episode. I've known Denny since high school and it was a privilege to get to hear his story and God's working in his life as he walked through waves of grief you'll hear during our time talking together.
Denny experienced his first wave of grief after a hamstring injury interrupted a promising football trajectory for college ball. He wrestled with the loss of a dream and his identity in God while his leg was healing. Soon after graduating from him college, his beloved dad was diagnosed and passed away from bladder cancer. With the grief needing to get out, Denny turned to God and to music to find the words to express the deep heartache of loss. One of Denny's songs is "A Song for Dad" that he wrote from that place of pain. Another more recent loss of a miscarriage of his fourth child solidified how God uses music as a part of Denny's healing process for pain and putting words to song as a form of expression for both himself and others. An in that realization Denny found a calling he wasn't given credit to as a place of deep gladness for himself and meeting a deep hunger for others.
I think you'll really enjoy this episode of hearing Denny share his story. I know I was blessed in talking with him!
Things mentioned in the show:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)
"The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet." - Frederick Buechner
Where to read/listen to some of Denny's works:
The Royal Mountain blog