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S.A.N.S. Volume 7: Prayer

The Christian Group In Reach released Waterline in 1992. This initial album was a smash hit as some Christian journalists suggested that In Reach would become the Christian band of the 1990’s. Unfortunately, this never happened as In Reach fell into obscurity, following in the footsteps of many one hit wonders of the past. Like the 1996 film That Thing You Do, In Reach faded into the setting sun.

Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, the islands and coastal regions and the inhabitants of them [sing a song such as has never been heard in the heathen world]! – Isaiah 42:10

By the time their second album was released, In Reach became Brett Williams & In Reach. Based upon the title, it appears pride got in the way of this group’s success. Power and Promise may not have received the fanfare of their first project but, this album has one of my favorite songs. Prayer is what it sounds like as the lyrics share a powerful confession that you can use as your own personal prayer.

by Jay Mankus


Caught in the Rain

In their 1992 debut album Waterline, In Reach came crashing on to the scene, expected by some to become the band of the 1990’s.  However, like the movie, That Thing You Do, In Reach was a one hit album wonder, fading just as quick as they arrived.

Success sometimes can occur you so fast, that you are not ready for primetime, resulting in egos, pride and selfish ambition.  Maybe this is why the group changed the name on their second album to Brett Williams and In Reach.  Anyhow, the band got Caught in the Rain, in a storm of life, leaving their band in ruins like part of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  In Reach drowned in a sea of their own success, sinking to the bottom, never to rise again to the surface.

This past weekend, the East Coast got hammered by storms, leaving some areas like Berlin, Maryland under more than a foot of water.  No one likes to get caught in the rain, especially when you are surrounded by thunder and lightning.  However, without rain, farmers can’t grow their crops, landscapers can’t cut their yards and water tables would dry up.  Whether people like it or not, rain is a way of life since the flood, Genesis 6-7.

Except for the flood, nobody knows exactly why storms come and go.  Yes, there are tropical and sub-tropical geographic regions, yet only God knows for sure when you are going to get caught in the rain.  When you do get caught, how will you respond to the curve being thrown at you?  What lesson will you learn so that when success does come, you will be ready?  As for me, I am still caught in the rain, waiting for the Son to peak through the clouds so that I can experience the rainbow on the other side.

by Jay Mankus

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