Lorien Lose Keyboard/Vocalist

Cara, vocalist and keyboard player for indie pop band Lorien, has decided to step down from the band.  Her statement concerning her departure can be found below:

I have wanted to not write this letter for a while now. I keep putting it off because what I want and what I need to say doesn’t seem as real or as final as long as I keep avoiding it.

Anything that I have tried to write or rewrite has all seemed wrong. I chase a lot of rabbits. I keep trying to say more than I need to say, but to be to the point: I am no longer an active part of Lorien.

Lord, that was hard.

For a long time, I believe I have also put off a strong calling in my life. What makes it so difficult is that, for over four years, I have had the time of my life – young as we may be – learning, growing, creating music, building relationships, and traveling the country with my best friends. Harmonically, what makes me consider this the right decision is that among these best friends and among other wise, trusted counsel I’ve sought is the overwhelming peace and understanding that this is the path that has been unmistakably laid for me to take.

In the next few months, I will continue making steps down this path by contributing to the ministry of music and outreach in a church that, as some of you know, I have been a part of for quite some time. This community is full of exciting opportunities for growth and creativity. I am continually challenged and inspired by the experiences I’ve been a part of there and I am excited about what is to come in the near future through this act of obedience and step of faith in my life’s adventure.

Many times in my life I have endured (and no doubt contributed to) a significant amount of unrest due to a seemingly insurmountable inability to make and embrace difficult decisions I know need to be made. While this situation is no exception for a great amount of sadness, I am comforted by the words of my Father where it is written, “They that sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest.”

I cannot sufficiently describe the joys, challenges, and inspirations I have experienced in having been a part of Lorien. This not only pertains to the brothers I have in Kaleb, Chase, David, and Thomas, but also to you – whether you are family, a friend, or even a stranger who has taken the time to listen. I have encountered the most gracious acts of hospitality, the most priceless evenings of fellowship and of laughter, and the most fortunate construction of relationships established in Nashville and on the road by way of Lorien. C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which gives value to survival.” He was so right. You have all contributed in an astronomical way to the value of my life. It has also been said that “The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.” It is a great pleasure that I am allowed such a discovery through the many friends I have in you.

One of the other greatest comforts in making this decision is knowing how incredibly supported Lorien and I are and will continue to be in what is ahead of us. I urge you to keep listening. Keep coming out. Lorien is still very much alive and our mission to love one another and all others by “sharing in the joys and fears of life together” is likewise far from finished and as strong as ever.

To anyone who may be curious to know more about my decision, I would be pleased to explain more specifically through a phone call, an email, a letter… whichever medium suits you best to discuss further what’s going on in my life. This is not to presume I am wise or interesting enough that you may want to know more about myself. However, given the opportunity, it would make my heart glad to share the hope and peace I am still growing to know with you, my friends.

For getting us this far and for your continued encouragement, love, and support, I cannot say thank you enough. Thank you for your time and attention in reading what has been laying so heavily on my heart, as well. Keep coming back to watch exciting things happen with Lorien!

Always remember, and most importantly, believe: “you were meant for amazing things.”

In all His love, grace, and peace-


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