Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sweet Child of the Kingdom

Cheri Roman, a dear friend of my family since my childhood, has recently released an album of original songs titled, "Child, You're Not Alone". The CD is to benefit the Taylor Berry Heart Transplant Foundation. Taylor is a 14 year old boy from Corpus Christi (my hometown), who needs a second heart transplant.

Cheri completed the recording on the day that Chris was killed, December 29, 2009. Shortly after the accident, Cheri called me to ask permission to dedicate the first track on the album, 'Sweet Child of the Kingdom', to Colleen in memory of Chris. As she and I cried together that day, God's work in my life was so obvious, so amazing, that it was overwhelming.

The entire album is beautifully written, produced, and arranged by Cheri, but I especially love Sweet Child - the song dedicated to Colleen. It is as if the song was written for all of us - for Colleen, for Chris, and for me, and everyone who believes that we are all children of God's Kingdom. Here are the lyrics:

Sweet Child of the Kingdom
I’ve called you by name
I go before you
All your days are ordained.

If you rise on the wings of the dawn
Or settle in the depths of the sea
Even then, I’ll hold you fast
Sweet child, I’ll never leave.

Sweet Child of the Kingdom
You were wonderfully made
Woven together
By my own hands, your path is laid. REFRAIN

Your name is written in the book of life
You’re precious in my sight
Rest your head on my shoulder
There’s healing in the light. REFRAIN

In addition to dedicating the song to Colleen, Cheri will donate 25% of the proceeds from the digital downloads of the album to my daughter Colleen's college fund and the additional proceeds all go to benefit Taylor's foundation. It is an incredible tribute to Chris' life, but more than that, her music has blessed my life, and I know that it will bless the lives all of anyone who listens.

If you are interested in hearing clips of her music or purchasing the album, it is available on iTunes here:

One of the most amazing things about the last two months is seeing how God is working all around me - laying his hands on my life and the lives of those that I love - to support us through this difficult time. For that, and all of the continued blessings in my life, I remain thankful.


  1. I think of you and Colleen so much... I wish I was still in College Station so I could see you both! Sending you love and prayers!!!

  2. Kristin hi! I was one of the girls at the girl thing confernce that you spoke at this past weekend. Ive read your blog and am so touched. I just wanted to tell you what a strong woman you are and how beautiful your daughter is. I am so glad I heard your story. If there is a way I can contact you would you let me know?
    Thank you, Rachel

    You and your daughter are in my prayers.