There are some people that indelibly alter the course of our lives for the better. Kim Zahren is one of those people for me. We met in 2001 in a dark little music club in Charlotte, where I was the opening act for a New Zealander for which he had booked a tour. We became friends that night, and very soon he invited me to come lead worship for the church he pastored. Kim and his wife Roddie to this day are the most effective example of how to love I've ever known. They openly showed their love for me, inviting me in to their home, giving me a safe place to learn about worship and gently loving me through some very scary transitions in my life. Kim would often throw his hands in the air and joyfully shout out, "Sallie!" when I would walk into a room, like it was the best thing that had happened all day. Such open displays of acceptance were so foreign to me at the time that I asked Kim one day - "Are you being sarcastic right now?" He was of course, being completely genuine, and over the years of walking together (which included him officiating my wedding), I learned how deep that love ran, and it changed me forever. Love does tend to do that.
I was thrilled when Kim asked me to update his headshots for him, as he is entering a new chapter of his adventure in Lawyering (that's a word, right?), and here are my favorites from our session together. You can bail me out of trouble any day, Kim!