The Gaither Family has been an ongoing inspiration in my life. The Christian faith, love and togetherness shown by each one warms my heart. The God-given talent is awesome — the songs and testimonies uplifting. The sharing of your hearts is appreciated. I feel God’s presence. Thank you!

Homecoming Magazine — amazing! There is so much to enjoy in one magazine — humor, information, inspiration, encouragement. After I’ve read it, I smile the rest of the day. I eagerly look forward to each issue. My precious daughter Julie Hale, at 33 (married with two young children), was diagnosed with breast cancer. As with everyone faced with this heartache, she and her family were devastated. She is a high school teacher and athletic director. Soon after her mastectomy, she determined to not dwell on self and to return to teaching. Her understanding principal gave her permission to leave the classroom as often as needed to attend to sick spells as a result of her chemo treatment. After the loss of her hair, I gave her a beautiful wig; she declined to wear it and accepted the situation. She never complained and was always eager to offer emotional support to others experiencing the same thing. I wrote this poem for her, and am thankful and proud of the strength and courage (her Father’s) she has shown throughout this ordeal. She is now 53 — well, and enjoying the life for which she has been spared.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi