Sometimes I’ll flip to 20/20 at the top of the hour to see what stories they’ll be covering. Often they’re violent in nature so I quickly switch channels.
Friday, December 10th was different. One of the stories was about 7 year old gospel singer Rhema Marvanne, whose mother had died in 2008 from cancer. Rhema’s youtube videos had been viewed by millions upon millions.
So I watched…
When her Mom Wendi was battling cancer, her parents thought it was important for Rhema to see both sides of life – the happiness and the suffering. Her Dad, Teton, felt Rhema would be a stronger person if they didn’t shelter her from life.
After her Mom died Rhema’s Dad taught her gospel songs. Rema’s favorite song? Amazing Grace – because it’s her Mom’s favorite. In the words of Rema: “My mother was amazing and she had a lot of grace in her heart.” Plus when she sings she can feel her Mom’s spirit.
Here’s Rhema singing Amazing Grace:
The fact that Rhema sang the Star Spangled Banner before a huge crowd at a Dallas Cowboys game, let alone sang it well, is amazing itself. Not all who attempt the US anthem, even some professional singers, can sing it as well – especially when the song is echoing back in the arena.
For more about Rhema visit her site at: http://rhemamarvanne.com