David contributed in many ways to what is good in this world, and he believed that the most important witness of his life was his decision to be a Conscientious Objector during the Vietnam War. What Belongs to God reveals the story of his decision and its legacy, while inviting the reader to discover the ways we are all called to be peacemakers.

 

David L. Edwards

Esophageal cancer diminished David’s ability to sing and speak before finally taking his life on March 4, 2019, but it did not take away his gentle loving spirit or voice. He lives on through his commitment to peace and justice and continues to speak through the written word and his music.

David inherited his love of music from his parents, who hailed from Appalachian Southwest Virginia, where music flows throughout worship, fun and all of life. Though this book is only his second published work, he was a prolific writer of sermons, essays, poetry and music.

David attended Lynchburg College (now the University of Lynchburg) in Lynchburg, Virginia and Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. His alternative service to the draft was performed as an orderly on the cardiac ward of Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. During his career as a minister, he served congregations in Kentucky, Indiana, and Virginia. David is greatly missed by his family, his wife of 50 years, his two adult children and three grandchildren, one of whom was born 10 months after his death. He loved fishing, hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains and swimming in the ocean, and singing, especially with children. A kinder, more peace-loving man would be hard to find.

David contributed in many ways to what is good in this world, and he believed that the most important witness of his life was his decision to be a Conscientious Objector during the Vietnam War. What Belongs to God not only reveals the story of his decision and its legacy, but shows how David tells the story as an invitation to readers to discover the ways we all are called to be peacemakers.

I hope you enjoy and are challenged by this book and David’s music.

Peace,

Kaye Edwards

David and Kay in the 70s
David and Kaye in the 1970s
David with is family at Holden Beach
David with his family at Holden Beach
David with Children at Camp
David with Children at Camp
David with his granddaughter, Arabella
David with his granddaughter, Arabella