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Yup. That’s Me

I was searching for a video on a song that I really like and came across this video blog from the artist that sing the song that I was looking for. The blog is at their vimeo site Healing Begins Journal Blog. I watched the blog and it struck a little too close to home. I think the author is right on when he says that it’s easy to own up to our shortcomings when we are in prayer because there really is no one to admonish us or call us on what we have done. It’s much harder to sit down and talk to a friend or pastor and admit that we are not perfect and actually provide real examples of things that we really aren’t proud of. It’s given me something to think about.

A Song That Speaks to Me

There is a song by Tenth Avenue North called “Healing Begins” that really has made impression on me recently. The song talks about letting go of all our pretenses so that we can face our failings and get beyond them. The refrain reminds us that healing begins when the light meets the dark. We have to admit that we are broken and need help. Only through the light of Christ can we overcome our darkness. I know that too often I think I have everything under control and I really don’t. I have as many issues to face as anyone else and I need strength to overcome my weakness.
 

A Night at Lifest

I took the afternoon off today so that we could go up to the opening night of Lifest.  Lifest is a Christian Music Festival that is celebrating it’s 10th year this year.  This is our 5th year going.  Last year we camped for all 5 days but this year we are only going one day due to other family activities.  Even going for one day is still worth it.  The lineup tonight was pretty good.  The music for the night started out with the Robbie Seay Band.  I had only heard of some of their music previously but they were good live.  As is with many of the artists here, some of the best times of their shows is when they break out from their music and get everyone singing some common Worship music with them.  I always love that part of being at lifest.  Especially later in the evening when the mainstage is packed and  you get 10,000+ people singing together. The second artist tonight was Natalie Grant and she was good also.  Once she started playing, I recognized quite a bit of her music.  After Natalie was done they took a short break and then they had a couple of people speak about the teenager that died at lifest last year.  Her Pastor and Youth Pastor talked about her and how it was hard to bring the youth group back again this year but that she would have wanted it that way.  We never know when/where things will happen so we have to live life to it’s fullest.  One of the things the Pastor said rang very true for me as well.  He said that he had done many funerals over the years, and that the funerals that were the hardest was the ones where there was not a lot of Jesus.  I understood immediately what he meant.  I sing at Funerals sometime and I do find that it is very hard when it is very apparent that the funeral is something that the Family is going through because they feel that it is something that has to be done.  A funeral is supposed to be a Celebration of a person’s life and a chance to say goodbye and acknowledge that they have won.  As a Christian, dying merely fulfills our final hope that we are taken home to be with our Savior, Jesus Christ.  We grieve because we are still here and we do not have that person in our life anymore, but we will be with them again when we finally go home as well. The final artist of the night was the Newsboys and we have seen them many times but never get tired of their energy and message.  I am a little bummed that we could not camp this year but everything happens for a reason so I can live with it.

 

Words to Live By

I listen to a lot of Contemporary Christian Music and I just love the messages that can be found in so many of the lyrics.  Every now and then a song really hits me and I want to share it with others.  One song that I have shared with some friends recently is a song by Mark Schultz called “The Time that is Left.”  I just love the words to this song and try to think about them every day as they remind me of what is really important.  I have included the words for you here:

What will you do with the time that’s left Will you live it all with no regret? Will they say that you loved till your final breath? What will you do with the time that’s left?

What will you do with the time that’s past? Oh and all the pain that seems to last? Can you give it to Jesus and not look back? What will you do with the time that’s past? What will He say when your time has come? When He takes you into His arms of love? With tears in His eyes will He say well done? What will He say when your time has come? Peace  Greg

 

Saturday Night with the Family

This was a pretty good Saturday night.  Our family went to a Worldvision exhibit followed by a concert and they were both excellent.  The exhibit is a travelling exhibit called “World Vision Experience – Aids.”  The exhibition is travelling around the country to raise awareness of the orphans created by the Aids pandemic in Africa.  If you have a chance to experience this I would recommend it.  It is a unique point of view that really gets you thinking.

After seeing the Worldvision exhibit, we then enjoyed a concert by Sara Groves.  Sara has a beatiful voice and the stories that she shares about her music and faith made the concert very enjoyable.  One of the things I enjoy about Christian artists is the role model the provide for kids.  Sara came out after the concert and signed the girls posters and talked to them for a couple minutes.  She is a very down to earth genuine person.