Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Proud Moment

I called my wife as I began my commute home yesterday. She informed me that I would have been proud of my daughter for something she had done today. So here is what happened:

A few months ago, I was playing with Ava in her room, and we were listening to music. I had popped a Ben Harper CD into the pink floral patterned stereo in her room and we danced and played. There is one particular song that Ava and I sing together, or at least I like to think she sings along with me called Everything. Here are some of the lyrics:

Behind all of your tears
There's a smile
There's a smile
Behind all of the rain
There's a sunshine
For miles and miles

Oh- Everything
You mean everything
You mean everything
Everything to me
Everything to me

We sing this during bath time, to help her fall asleep, or just for fun. Well yesterday, Alison found the CD in the stereo and started to play it...and Ava danced. She loved it. Alison brought Ava back into the living room after a while and turned around and saw that Ava was headed back to her room. She had returned to listen to Mr. Harper's music and to dance for a while longer. I know there will be a day soon where the Wiggles and the Doodlebops descend upon our lives in full force, so this is my moment in the sun where I celebrate my daughter and I sharing the love for good music. I accept that there may come a day when we may not listen to the same music; That Willie Nelson, The Stones, Johnny Cash, and the wonderful Mr. Ben Harper may not be enjoyed by everyone in the house. But for a time, we are in agreement that Ben Harper makes you want to dance.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

An Evening with the David Crowder Band*

Last Thursday evening, I took a group from our church to see David Crowder in concert here in Birmingham. I can't remember the last time I saw them play live, but I think it was when I was still living in Waco. Seeing them play many times in college, attending UBC as a student at Baylor, listening to their music over the years, and getting to know some of the band members, it felt like going to see old friends in many ways. I think that some of my group felt the same way, even though this was their first time to even hear them.

If you look closely, you can see that David Crowder is hold a Guitar Hero guitar. His drummer converted it into a working instrument, and he played a song with it. All the junior high (along with all the 30 year old) "HEROs" went wild over this. It was one of those evenings that to call it a concert or to call it a worship gathering alone wouldn't quite capture what was happening. We had a lot of fun, and we sang out songs in praise for our Savior.

At one point in the concert, they sang the song Everything Glorious from the album Remedy. The lyrics have remained with me and I have been clinging to them the last few days. I have heard this song many times, but reading them, and singing them with people I knew and didn't know seemed to trace them into my heart. Here are a few lines from the song:

The day is brighter here with You
The night is lighter than its hue
Would lead me to believe
Which leads me to believe

You make everything glorious
You make everything glorious
You make everything glorious
And I am Yours
What does that make me?

I am preaching in a few weeks on Confirmation Sunday. I think that this will be my message:

He makes everything glorious; Well, what does that make us.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


So this billboard is directly across the street from our church. I took this from the front lawn. I don't know if there are words that can capture the beauty of this, so I will say nothing. I have questions, but no answers.