What Is That To You?

Life races on. One day after another.

Family. Work. Faith. Juggling and more juggling.

Winter. Spring….

Glorious Spring.

Patience. Peace…

Uh peace?

Was I really at peace?

It is so easy to get overwhelmed by technology. At least for me.

Checking this. Adding that. Commenting here. Reposting that.

All the while aware

without even wanting to know

what so many others are doing.

Beaches. Cruises. Books. Families. Weddings. Graduations. And on and on.

When suddenly  a strange feeling like a thick blanket comes over me.

Why? Yes why?

Crazy as it seems the constant awareness of what others are doing

instead of giving joy brings weariness and the beginnings of discouragement.

Lord, you know all that is going on.

Like pulling out of an ocean of sticky molasses

I reach for His Hand  and hear His gentle whisper.

“What is that to you?”

Suddenly the busyness stops. The noise quiets. And my heart beats slower.

Yes, what is it to me?

His Call to me is unique.

His Love to follow is personal.

His purpose for my life is chosen just for me.

So what is it to me? To us?

Quiet the noise and keep our eyes on the One Who called us.

Be intentional. Refuse to get distracted.

And remember

What is that to you?

You follow Me.

 

april 15

The Story Behind The Music

I hear the sounds wherever I go –

on every street corner

it seems in every home.

Softly muffled cries – hushed sighs.

Pain. Desperation. Loneliness.

Does anyone care?

My heart is heavy but my faith strong.

There is a God who knows out pain

and sees the hurting soul.

Yes, He draws near to those bent over in sorrow

and reaches to wipe the tears that fall.

My tears and yours.

In the past music has always soothed my soul.

I’d spend hours playing the piano – literally pouring out my heart as I touched the keys.

And as my fingers moved from white to black keys

my heart was quieted and I was at peace.

Music soothes the restless soul. Music calms the frayed nerves.

Growing up I listened to the radio late into the night

discovering the comfort of music as it drew me to the Heart of the One bigger than I.

So quite impulsively I decided to simply play the piano on Facebook Live.

Longing to reach out across the world

with the healing peace that comes from Him.

My shyness took a backseat as I determined not to focus on who would listen

or what anyone would say – how many likes, etc.

Just focus on that one – those many- who are struggling with pain and problems.

And play.

The minutes ticked by slowly as I waited for 9:00pm on Saturday night.

Usually I am preparing to retire after a long day at that time

but this evening I was alert and prepared to play for anyone who happened to listen.

Technology today can sometimes annoy me as it makes it all too easy

for people to disconnect from each other

but this time technology served Him.

At just the hour

I began to softly play – many old hymns from the past.

Focusing on the healing, soothing melodies of old.

Praying for hearts to be drawn into His Rest.

As I touched the last chord my heart was peaceful.

It was as if together – from around the world – we were drawn to worship Him.

And to remember.

One simple piano.

A few melodies of old.

And  the reminder that

He knows. He sees. He cares.

If you didn’t catch it LIVE

you can watch the replay on Facebook.

The need is great. The hour is now.

Together let’s be His Peace.

 

piano march 26

Songs In The Night

Another night.

Tossing back and forth.

Thinking.

Praying.

Remembering.

The words of treasured hymns from long ago come to mind.

‘When you walk with the Lord.’

‘It is well’.

Even ‘Jesus Loves me’

Then suddenly

‘Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps

and giveth me songs in the night.’

Words of long ago. So long ago I tossed some more trying to remember

what hymn they were from.

Praying. Praying for this one. For that one. Praying some more.

Songs in the night.

An amazing thought.

Those treasured songs of long time past comfort and encourage me today.

He still gives songs in the night.

For you. For me. For all those who are weary and broken.

Redeemed.

He redeems all our heartaches and brings beauty from ashes.

Songs in the night.

Listen in the stillness

whispers of love.

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