Saturday, October 12, 2013

Overture



"Gather all you who will, hear of the God, slain for his children’s sin.  Come the story recall, all he has done, to bring his family home."
Matthew Clark

So tonight I went to a house concert.  I wasn't able to stay for the whole thing because I have to be up early for work.

My friends have held a few concerts at their house to raise money for various ministry projects.  At present, they are raising money for an adoption.

My friend has this weird ability to meet interesting musicians who agree to do things like this.  Works for me.

The funny thing is that the four musicians who played tonight aren't even a real band.  They're just a group of friends who get together to play with each other.  I didn't even know their last names.  There was Jeff (Maybe Geoff.) on drums, Brian on bass, Abby on guitar and piano, and Matthew of guitar.  I had to poke around with the lyrics to find out who any of them were.

Anyway, the first song that they sang was by Matthew (Clark), who made this CD.  It's called "Overture," and it is the first of a whole slew of songs that go over the entire bible.  So maybe you want to check him out.

http://matthewclarkmusic.bandcamp.com/track/overture

http://luaphacim.blogspot.com/2012/11/album-review-matthew-clarks-bright-came.html

I thought the song was beautiful and it made me tear up. (Which happens to me more than I wish.) I just wish I could have stayed longer to hear the whole thing, but I had to get home to let the sleeping pills kick in. (Stupid insomnia!) My friend certainly meets some interesting artists.  It also made me realize that beards are all the rage these days.

Enjoy!

Peace

Joe

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tender Mercies



"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind.  And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bare.  But when you are tempted, he will provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13


Ever have one of those days where life just seems to drops it's drawers and take big dump all over you?  Yeah, me too.  Today as a matter of fact.

For the record, I do not get angry very easily.  I get annoyed easily, but not angry.  Getting angry is a waste of my time, energy and usually result in something bad.

Want to make me angry?  Here are a few things you can do: #1. Be stoned or intoxicated in public, and act like an absolute jerk.  #2. Do #1, but also throw in yelling and being jerk to my friends.  #3. Do parts 1 & 2 and then do it to a female friend of mine.  #4. Do 1 through 3 and make it multiple female friends of mine. (I'll come back to this.)


Now allow me to set the stage.

I'm nearing the end of my 2-week vacation.  It's been pretty good, and I really needed it.  I've been making progress on my book, and that feels really good.  So I was all set to come out to the cabin and keep writing today.  All I had to do was go and get my check from work...

Some genius level I.Q. higher up the corporate food chain decided to buy a robot to write the schedules for us at work.  The robot would also take care of our time off requests, and any pay for those days off. That robot has yet to make one correct schedule for any department since it was installed 3 months ago.  Today I went in to get my check and SURPRISE, the robot had screwed that up too.

No check for me.  No managers at work who could correct that.  And I have bills due in 2 days with $85 in my account.  Happy, happy, joy, joy.


So now you have an idea of how I was feeling for what happened next.


I decided, "Screw it.  I'm going to the cabin anyway."  So I was going to buy a bag of chips and be on my way.  While standing in line, a fellow about 5 feet away from me started yelling at one of my co-workers.  He was drunk (At 12:30 in the afternoon) and being rude and obnoxious to her.  It didn't take long for other co-worker, lady-friends of mine to come over...and naturally he was rude to them, too.

It was at that moment that I realized how much I was shaking.  Trust me, that is a very bad sign if I start to shake.  It means that I am getting seriously pissed off.  It is usually only a few minutes, or about 2 buttons to be pushed later, that I get tunnel vision.  Most of the world goes black, and all I see is a white circle with a target in it.  Thankfully, this rarely ever happens, because when it does, things get truly ugly really, really fast.

I have never considered myself a "Tough-Guy" or a mean person.  However, when a flash fantasy of grabbing that drunk, worthless piece of crap by his pony-tail and smashing his upper-pallet into the railing near the register 5 or 6 times popped in my head, I knew I was in a bad spot.

BTW: Like I said, I am not a tough guy or a mean person.  But I am fully aware of what my wicked heart is capable of.  I also know what I am very physically capable of...and I can't say that I like it very much.

If you are wise, you will take a good look into your own heart.  Odds are that there is plenty you need to be aware of that should be given over to Jesus.

I was just standing there shaking more and more, and beginning to sweat while watching this pig of a man, when I squeaked out in my head, "Help me Father."  It was about a split second later that I heard a voice say, "You need to go write."

And about 30 seconds later some security guys showed up.

So here I am at the cabin, instead of jail and awaiting a law suit.

Thank you, Jesus.

Peace.

Joe