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December 22, 2004
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AP Online; 12/21/2004; LIZ AUSTIN, Associated Press Writer
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Wal-Mart where she had a prescription for anti-psychotic medication.
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GARDEN GROVE – A wall of brilliant red poinsettias framed the unsmiling face of the Rev. Robert A. Schuller on Sunday morning. Silently, the son of the church's founder surveyed the sea of faces before him. Silently, the Crystal Cathedral's congregation waited.
"I'm supposed to say, 'Merry Christmas,' " Schuller finally said. "But it doesn't feel right to say 'Merry Christmas' this morning."
Schuller struggled to reconcile the joy of Christmas with his deep grief over the suicide of orchestra director Johnnie Carl, who took his life early Friday at the end of a standoff in the church basement.
Carl suffered from bipolar disorder - a condition that alternately set him soaring to an ecstatic frenzy of creative activity, then plunged him into deep, inconsolable despair. He stopped taking a stabilizing drug three months ago for fear it might affect his kidneys, his wife, Linda, has said. Carl shot himself in the head Friday.
"This week has been very painful," Schuller said. "It has been a period of grief and sorrow, a very sad time for us. It's very challenging for us to stand up today and present to you this message of hope. And yet, we realize that this is atime of hope. We know that Christ is victorious. We know his light shines."
The coroner allowed Schuller's father, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, to enter the room where Carl's body lay early Friday morning. The elder Schuller remained with his friend of nearly 30 years for a long, long time, praying and saying goodbye, his wife, Arvella Schuller, told the congregation.
The elder Schuller fought back tears remembering Carl at Sunday's service.
"Christmas is a time for joy, a time to put our petty grievances behind us and sing 'Joy to the World,' " he said. "But many people find this very difficult. The line that comes to me is this: Christmas is a time to cry, too," he said, his voice cracking.
Carl didn't commit suicide, the elder Schuller said; he was killed by the "cancer" of bipolar disorder, which he fought for a long time.
In addition to arranging and conducting music for the Crystal Cathedral's many endeavors, Carl had a broad and accomplished career. He was commissioned three times to provide music for visits by the pope to the United States; handled the Easter sunrise services at the Hollywood Bowl; earned a gold record for his work as an arranger/orchestrator on John Tesh's "Worship at Red Rocks"; and had a four-times platinum record with Celine Dion's holiday songs collection, "These are Special Times."
Carl and his wife met at a Crystal Cathedral Singles hayride. Carl and his date were already sitting in the wagon when Linda and her date arrived late. In her rush to jump aboard the wagon, Linda stepped on Carl's hand, according to the Crystal Cathedral Web site - and a great love was born. They were married for 28 years and had three children: Brandon, 23, Evan, 20, and Allison, 15.
"I have worked with Johnnie from the beginning of his employ here. He was a gift from God," Arvella Schuller said. "He had a special connection with God that none of us could understand or see. ... In his last hours, when hewas isolated, I believe that God was there with him, saying 'Johnnie, come home.' "
Carl's family came to the cathedral Saturday to see his office, where he spent his last hours. There, they found Christmas presents he had bought for them and hidden. They will be opening those gifts Christmas morning, and the gift of Carl's music will live on forever, Arvella Schuller said.
A memorial service for Carl will be held at the Crystal Cathedral on Jan. 16, a day after his birthday. A time has yet to be determined. For more information, see www.crystalcathedral.org.
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