I believe that if my husband and I were limited to one choice of music for the rest of our lives that choice would unequivocally rest on The Innocence Mission. We have very broad musical tastes: 1960’s samba, early English church music, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, classic bluegrass, and a hundred things in between. But nothing else touches our souls like the songs of Don and Karen Peris. A poet in her own right, Karen has a way of expressing things that we never dreamt anyone else had felt. Hearing Befriended for the first time I had a strange sense of exposure, like someone had drawn forth my yearnings and secret joys and placed them in the open for all to see. It came at such a timely season in my life—of inner change and spiritual renewal—and the lyrics rang with my inarticulate desires for life and godliness. I remember the first night we had it Philip and I sat out on the front porch and listened to it through without a word. None was necessary. Don and Karen had said it all.
We regard them as our friends, for transparency is the hallmark of true friendship, and they have shared their delights, their wonder, their heartaches with an endearing openness that is never indiscreet. God bless them for it.
Oh, be the music in my head, the air around my bed,
Oh be my rest.
Replace the small disgraces of the times and places that I never really left…