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Song Story: One More Chance 

This song story is simple: Of whom do you need to ask forgiveness? And who do you need to forgive? That's really the crux of this song. I wrote it at a time when my friend and I were in a funk. We couldn't seem to get on the same page, we had a lot of catching up to do and we were both on edge in our personal lives. After a lot of awkward and tense moments, both of us on the defensive, it came to a head. These things happen all the time. Since there are all kinds of people in our lives every day, and each relationship holds its own joys and challenges, each one, I am coming to learn, also requires a great deal of work. No matter the type of relationship, it requires work. And it's a choice. And that day, when we hit the wall, I didn't want to be heard anymore. I wanted resolution. You know, that switch that happens when you finally say, "You know what? It's probably been my problem all along." We set up a time to meet and in an oddly formal conversation, I apologized. And that's what you hear in this song. My apology. I was genuinely sorry for any pain I had caused my friend. And then as time wore on, I realized that perhaps that wasn't all there was to a resolution. I found that there were a few things that had hurt me too. And so later, this song for me became about forgiveness. About reconciliation. Altogether, both sides, reconciliation. The Bible tells us in Mark 11:25, "And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” It says again in Ephesians 4:32. "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." And in Matthew 6:15, "But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." There's a song by Alicia Keys called "Holy War." And in it, she sings, "forgiveness is the only real revenge." That line is so insightful for me. Not because I believe we should take revenge, but rather because when we forgive, truly forgive, revenge is no longer necessary. Who do you need to forgive? 

Waitless Pursuit 

I went to see the touring production of Waitress this evening. Wonderfully done. One of my favorite things about art of all kinds is that it often reflects a specific perspective on life that I may not have otherwise considered. An aspect that is far removed from my own reality, or perhaps conversely, touches the very scenario I'm facing. It calls me to question what I'm sure I know, to vet it out further; or, to dive into an explanation of how my solid convictions live in tandem with or confront the new point of view I've just encountered. It (the production) was, of course, filled with very well-executed humor and absolutely stunning music. The story line was clear. The actors were amazing. But this show, to be honest, is one of those that illustrates a completely foreign set of experiences for me. And so it requires me to think, at 2:05am, what did that piece just say to me? And what shall I do with that information? My heart is burdened for all those that don't know love, peace, or joy. Who are faced with a decision in which the best choice is only the lesser of two evils. In my young years I have experienced a very blessed life. And I am grateful. But my hope is that everyone will come to experience the same. I know that seems unlikely. Perhaps, to some, even impossible. But dare to dream with me, if you would, of a better future. Lets mourn together the things that wound our hearts. And then together, lets take one step toward a better. One full of love, peace, and joy. What's your one? I invite you to comment below with your one step toward better so we can grow in unison and inspire one another. We're in this together.




Song Story: Lookin' For Love 

Love. "An intense feeling of deep affection (Google Dictionary)." I walk the streets, I see love in the people around me. Listening to podcasts, love is touted as the answer to all of our societal woes. Watching a made-for-TV movie, love is the plot. Love. An intense feeling of deep affection. We are continually admonished to love one another. It is not sufficient to have compassion, to be of service, we must love. An intense feeling of deep affection. Social groups not only request love and acceptance, they demand it. I stand back, observing the world around me, in seemingly horrific peril, and, like the "Bobby Baby" lines in Company, I hear different voices, in different contexts, alongside different words, express their picture of love and why it will solve all of our problems. So, I am forced to ask, if everyone is clear on the fact that love is the answer, why are we still in tragedy day in and out? This question began to stir in my soul, "why then, is love not working?" If love is our weapon, then why are we still fighting the same enemies? And as I began to study this, to really look at the implications of a world in love, the best conclusion I can draw is, perhaps we're building a foundation on a false definition. Perhaps we are using an imaginary weapon. If the strongest thing we have is "an intense feeling of deep affection," then at the first sign of hurt, irritation, dismay, frustration, when our feelings change, love is no longer a weapon in our hand. Our strongest tool, our solution to all, has literally disintegrated before our eyes. No longer at our disposal. Here's the thing- I as much as the next guy believe that love is the answer. That, I am not aiming to contest. Rather, my question has become, are we clear on it's definition? Do we really know what love means, what love is? My proposal is that perhaps, we don't. We have been fighting with something else under the guise of love. But what if we found true Love? Real, tangible, never-changing love. Then, I suggest, we would have found the Holy Grail of weapons in the fight against anti-love. I wrote this song about a year ago. And the feeling I get every time I sing it is the same as the day I wrote it. We're all on the search for love. I'd like to throw a wrench in our search. I'd like to present that perhaps, love is not "an intense feeling of deep affection." But rather, Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I'd like to present that perhaps, Love is not a what, but a Who. 

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