For actress, author and singer Kathie Lee Gifford, broadcasting her faith is a priority and a joy. Gifford is candid about the many ups and downs of her life and career but, through it all, faith remains her foundation, according to an article by Movieguide® Staff.
“Our neighbors in Connecticut must think we’re a bunch of nuts,” Gifford wrote in 1996. “In the morning when two-year-old Cassidy comes up to me saying, ‘Hosanna, Mommy, hosanna,’ I say, ‘Okay.’ And out we traipse onto our deck where we march around singing, ‘This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it! Hosanna! Hosanna!’ I’m sure people all the way in New Jersey hear us.
“But I don’t care what they think,” she added. “I believe worship should be fun and exciting so children can embrace it. After all, David leaped and danced before the Lord with all his might, and sang out with joy.”
The Movieguide® article says that by 1996, Gifford had hosted the talk show LIVE! WITH REGIS alongside Regis Philbin for ten years and continued to encourage Christians to proclaim their faith.
“In 1985 when I first started working with Regis Philbin, who was hosting WABC-TV’s The Morning Show, I knew he had a reputation of teasing his cohosts. But I repeated to myself, ‘The joy of the Lord is my strength,’ and it kept me from feeling intimidated. I was able to relax and throw wisecracks right back at Regis,” Gifford said.
“The show is now called Live with Regis and Kathie Lee and it’s still unscripted, spontaneous and outrageous. Regis and I have become great friends. Knowing we’re doing some good is so rewarding to us. We’re not curing cancer or AIDS, but a lot of healing comes through laughter, and if we can be a part of such a process, we’re grateful.
“We Christians don’t do that enough. Often we’re all so terrified of what somebody’s going to say. But if you love the Lord, you should show it,” Gifford wrote.
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SOURCE: Assist News Service, Michael Ireland