As a well published writer, being asked to write an article isn’t something out of the ordinary; having been asked to prepare this piece, however, is a special blessing. It’s such a blessing in fact, that I can say there have been few things in the past few years that have impacted my life so significantly as VOAR Radio.
When did I first hear about or dial into the radio station? While I can’t exactly remember, I think it’s about two years ago. (Lesson learned, write the year as well as the month and date in cheque registry book.)
How did I hear about VOAR? I didn’t actually hear about it from anyone else, but rather it was the result of a desperate search for a radio station that would provide “food for the soul”. Simply put, I chased down its location through trial and error and an awful lot of dial chasing.
But why was I searching for an alternative to my decades-long dedication to another national radio station? That question’s easy to answer: I was growing increasing weary of the content of nearly all its featured programs. For example, where once God was at least acknowledged, now even seasons such as Christmas are drained of even the most innocuous mention of the reason for the season while totally anti-God presentations were not only featured, but touted. I couldn’t bear to listen to them anymore; hearing the hourly news reports was depressing enough.
Then, there was the music. As a lover of classical music, I found it nearly impossible to find anything that even resembled the beauty of what I’d formerly been able to access. To be able to listen to God-honouring music while working in my office or from the radio beside my bed, has been nothing less than an answer to prayer.
Finally, it would be nothing less than insensitive to fail to mention the dedication of staff and volunteers. Their commitment to keep the station going has touched my heart and to the extent that I am able, my bank account.
Musing on this piece, I’ve frequently asked myself, “how do I sum up my deep appreciation for VOAR?” As I said in an interview with Christine Bergin: “When you find a treasure, why would you stop cherishing it and using it?”
VOAR, now part of my every day, is truly a treasure. Thank you, Lord!
By Linda Wegner
Powell River, B.C.