The Bible talks about God directing our paths and, while I know that some people use this as an excuse for making every mundane event a miracle, I feel that I've been truly knocked south by the work of Hal Samples (also check out here). Hal is a photographer/filmmaker who is working on a documentary called "Dreamtown." It's focused on homelessness here in Dallas. Hal provided the backdrop for a recent lead story in the Dallas Observer. You can read it here.
Our paths crossed through a network of "small pieces loosely joined" called the City Core Initiative. I've been serving on the board of this group for several years now and have had the opportunity to hear Hal and break bread with him on several occasions.
Hal Samples is an artist of great vision. But, more importantly, he's a person of great heart. We're hoping to have him at church on Christmas Eve to share some of his vision and ministry with us, but for those of you who may never have the chance to see his work anywhere else, I just wanted to share this with you, partly because I love what Hal is doing, but also because I seriously love the blues. And you won't hear better harmonica playing than you'll hear from Scrap Iron Ford, the man in this video.