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Disturb Me

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;

Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

[ Prayer by Sir Francis Drake]

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Fantastic Voyage

Beach

A few weeks ago I was honored to be a guest at a friend’s wedding. They were married on the beach in Charleston, SC and God blessed them with cool breezes and no rain. It really was incredible. Musicians played, an artist painted, the grand creator fashioned colors and textures as only He can.

And then.

As the Bride and Groom proclaimed their dedication to each other, a ship came into view around the cove. Not a luxury boat, not an Ocean Cloud, not a glamorous cruise liner. A cargo ship. An un-pretty, clunky, square workhorse of a boat, hauling it’s goods, piled high and heading out to sea.

Maybe there will be storms. Rough seas. Maybe the crew will get bored, sick or tired. Maybe there will be fights, misunderstandings. Perhaps communication failures, maybe they’ll get lost for awhile.

But through all that, I bet they don’t give up. I bet they make their journey together and arrive at the other end … blessed by God and richer for making the trip, taking the chance.

“Take me to the fantastic place
Keep the rest of my life away
Take me to the fantastic place
Keep the rest of my life away

Take me to the island
I’ll watch the rain over your shoulder
The streetlights in the water
The moment outside of real life

I never could dream while I was sleeping
Put your arms around my soul
And take it dancing..”

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They Sit at the Bar and put Bread in My Jar

One of the questions I am asked most often is “why aren’t you on TV?” or “why aren’t you working in Las Vegas or somewhere big?”

When I was a boy it was a big treat to be allowed to stay up late and watch the variety shows that were popular at the time. My parents were big fans of Glen Campbell and Johnny Cash. Occasionally I would see Donnie & Marie and Sonny & Cher. When I saw the singers and musicians and artists having all the fun … I knew that was all I ever wanted to do. (I do remember it being a kind of a letdown when I found out they took money for their performances … who needs to be paid when people are clapping for you?)

I remember seeing the Monkees being chased down the street by adoring fans, in much the same way the Beatles did in their time. How exciting … until it happens to you. Now I haven’t been chased by throngs, but I have been stalked by people who thought they really wanted to be a part of my world.

You lose some of yourself when you wear your heart on your sleeve and present your craft for the public. Sometimes you don’t get it back, sometimes it changes you a little. Some people turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with these changes … some turn to other things equally as damaging.

I can’t stop doing what I do – and I don’t want to. I believe I am following the path God has put me on faithfully, and using this gift the way He intended. There are times that really strain my soul, though.

Did any of this make any sense at all?

“How many people can you love, when you’re black & blue with bruises from collisions on the road. The friction grind of traveling on a never-ending show. What kind of a man can live this way as long as I have and stay the same?

Right now all I want to do is get real, if that’s alright with you.”

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