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It’s Maundy Thursday, and I’m trying to write about Easter.

But I got nothing. I posted on social media that my mind is as empty as the tomb on Sunday.

So I turn to that trick of writing called the timed free write.

So many voices talking about Easter. So many big musicals and cantatas and sunrise services and on and on and on.

It made me think of the stories of Moses and Elijah. All those dudes wanted was to see God. Moses had to be shoved into a crevice in the mountain and settle for a glimpse of God’s retreating back. Elijah saw the fireworks, but at least got to hear His true voice.

What did THAT sound like..?

All these church activities this week seem to me like what Elijah saw. The spectacle and power and glory. In the case of both Mo and Eli, God protected them from exploding into subatomic particles at even a glance of His face.

Time’s up.

I need the silence of the empty tomb to hear His whispering still small voice…

“After Midnight”

This is a Five Minute Free Write, where I literally write for five minutes and then time is up, and I hit ‘save.’ If it weren’t for the traffic, I would’ve missed it… It was a beautiful Saturday morning, approximately fourteen hours ago from the time of this writing. I had decided to take advantage [...]

“Extra! Extra!”

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“My name is George, and this past Thursday I was an alcoholic.” Well…only on television. I had the opportunity to be an extra on the hit ABC show “Nashville” that shoots here in town, and was cast to be a recovering addict (along with about 30 other guys). Despite the ridicule of family and friends, [...]

“Victory for the People”

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His name in Gaelic means ‘whelp’ or ‘young pup’ but he’s that no longer. His Norse roots translate it as ‘dark…’ And his hair is dark, with eyes as black as night. But they radiate a courage that warms the hearts of all who know him. That heart has proven many times his Greek name…’victory [...]

“No More…”

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I’m weary of my one word. I’m tired of counting gifts. Second chance slogans do nothing but market a brand. No more… There is only this moment and it’s need for mercy. Where is the grace in this moment? Where are the mercies made new? The sky grows pale When does hope prevail And dreams [...]

“Undeserving”

A strange mood has me in its grip. Tomorrow I celebrate 39 years as a follower of Christ. I have been reminded all day of His grace and mercy. I have seen the handiwork of the Father in earth and water and sky. I watched the clouds assume the shapes of dreaming. They changed style [...]

“Lost and Found”

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They showed up as dots on the calendar app on my phone. Being a freelance musician, you want to see lots of dots…as many as possible. But these represented what you never want… It’s thankfully been a busy time of late. I had finished a session and was thinking about what was next on the [...]

“I Am a Cymbal”

If I speak with the tongues of men and angels, and if I didn’t have love…? I’d be a cheap hunk of metal bashed until 2am by a guy too old to play Lower Broad for tips. Even if I were an expensive crash played at measure 168 by a trained crasher with the symphony…up [...]

“Notes For Every Need”

I love music. When the Bible tells us to sing songs to encourage each other, making melodies in our hearts to the Lord, we always seem to forget what it doesn’t say. It doesn’t tell us what key…or to use a major scale. It doesn’t command a tempo or a time signature. Some days I [...]

“In My Life…”

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On this day, much will be written about the Beatles. On Sunday, February 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on American television. It was the Ed Sullivan Show…and the world was forever changed. I wish I could say I could remember that event. I’m sure I was in the room with my family [...]