It seems that the world is crying out for peace, but no one is willing to work at it. We live in a violent time we often feel surrounded by danger. Fear is a most common visitor to our homes, schools, and places of business. We long for peace. God’s people have always endured some form of turmoil. Many of our problems are due to our own decisions to ignore or rebel against the things of God.
The minor prophets in the Bible warned Israel & Judah, the northern and southern kingdoms of the Jewish nation that judgment was coming their way because of their turning away from the Creator. But some of these prophets also reminded Gods people that a healing was coming in the form of a Savior. Micah even told us where that Savior was coming from. Micah 5:2 states that the ruler for everlasting will come from Bethlehem 700 years before the birth of Christ. One day He’s coming back and peace will reign forever.
Welcome the the Lucky thirteenth annual installment of my Christmas Music Marathon. Thank you to all of those who have followed this adventure over the years and a special tip of the hat to any newcomers that might be joining us. The purpose of this marathon is to slow the holiday season down a little and take time to focus on the true reason for the celebration.
Christmas is a time of giving. We spend hours, days even weeks making gift decisions for friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, charities, or anyone that we hold in special regard. Sometimes we forget that this all started with the most special gift ever given. The Bible tells us in the book of John that God so loved the world, He gave His only Son and whoever believes in Him shall be saved. Salvation includes the gift of eternal life from a loving God and it was purchased with the blood of Christ.
The Book of Luke tells us how the gift of the God, Jesus Christ entered this world. God stepped out of heaven in the form of an infant, lived a sinless life and sacrifices Himself for everyone of us. Christ was born in the city of Bethlehem. Have you ever wondered what it must have been like to take a walk through Bethlehem during the life of Christ? Take a few minutes to think how that must have felt.
A new image or two along with a video will be posted each day until Christmas Day, so come back often, settle in and celebrate the Prince of Peace, Wonderful, Counselor, Alpha & Omega. Merry Christmas y’all!!!
High school and college football are ending or nearing the end of their regular seasons. Thanksgiving is tomorrow!!! Do you know what Friday is? Well, yes it is Black Friday, the largest retail sales day of the year, but it’s also the beginning of my thirteenth annual Christmas Music Marathon. You are cordially invited to join me to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and listen to some old, new, and new-to-you and me music. Each day I will be posting a photo, a little commentary, and at least one music video that celebrates the birth of a Savior. See you Friday morning.
It’s high school basketball season! high school football is in the play-off rounds and the local team has one the regular season conference championship and has a first round bye in the playoffs. They will also have home field advantage for the first two games. The finals are always in Little Rock, so that will be a travel game, if they advance that far.
I went to the girls first home basketball game last week and the future looks pretty good for them. They lost a lot of seniors from last years team, but there is still some talent emerging from the next group of girls. Here are a couple of images from the game. High school sports are Aww…some and the cheapest entertainment in town. Get out there an support your local team. You’ll be glad you did.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
The theme at 4M this week is thankful. The music that expresses thankfulness for me is gospel music. My every thought of our Creator begins with “Thank You”. I have been blessed far beyond anything I deserve. The very blessing of being born in the greatest nation on earth and raised by parents who loved me makes my heart tremble. The fact that I went to Vietnam and came home without a wound, physically or mentally, is a blessing that brings a tear to my eye. The blessing of a marriage that is closing in on 49 years is a blessing that few couples will know. Being able to live in the town with my grandchildren and witness every little league baseball game, soccer match, and dance recital is a blessing that few grandparents experience. All I can say is, “Thank You Lord”. Have a blessed week.
Christmas Music Marathon – Sneak Preview
Those of you who may read this blog on a regular basis know that I post a Christmas Music Marathon every year. This year will mark the thirteenth edition of my annual event. Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, I will post a photo, an inspirational thought, and one or more Christmas music videos. The purpose is to take our minds off of the the commercial holiday and bring the focus back to the manger in Bethlehem. You will hear songs that are familiar by some of your favorite artists and there will be new tunes by artists you may not of heard before. So, mark your calendars for November 25th and the first installment of my thirteenth annual Christmas Music Marathon. Here is a musical preview.
Was Christopher Columbus a crooner? The theme this week at 4M is to honor Chris by selecting songs from Italian artists and bands. When I was a youngster the television networks filled the airways with music variety shows and Italian crooners were everywhere.
First up on the list is Perry Como. My mother loved Mr. C. He was born in Pennsylvania to Italian immigrant parents. His television show was a regular in our house.
Next up is the lovable Dean Martin. Martin co-starred in “The Sons of Katy Elder” with John Wayne. His television show was one of the most popular on the air, due in part to Dean’s easy going personality and sense of humor. Like Perry Como, Dean was born to Italian immigrant parents.
As Rock n Roll began to dominate the airways, the first Italian singer I listened to was Bobby Darin and his signature song was a bit of a jazz number that topped the charts for weeks. You can see the Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra influence in Darin, whose grandfather was actually a member of one of the five New York crime families that made up the mafia.
Closing out with a much more contemporary artist that is new to me. I just did a search for Italian musicians and artists. Zucchero Fornaciari was in the list and the song titled Wicked Game sounded intriguing to me. It was a pleasant find and a fitting end to this post. Have a blessed week.
The butterfly bush is still blooming and Monarchs are still being attracted. The process makes for some awesome photo opportunities. Weather is beginning to cool down, so this can’t last much longer so I will just have to enjoy the show while I can.
Monday’s Music Moves Me
I failed to post last week when the theme was about bounty, plentiful and blessings so I am going to back the bus up and post a little Praise & Worship music that blesses my soul as I recall all of the ways our Creator has blessed me and my family over the years.
A song that has been a part of my life for over thirty-five years and blessed me in a very special way when I was without work early in my career. Regardless of the circumstances in my life I just have to keep in mind that I am a child of the King of Kings and I march to the beat of a different drum.
Every encounter with the Lord is a blessing to my soul. When my spirit is weary and my soul is troubled by the events of this world, a little time spent in praise and worship is like a refreshing drink from a mountain stream. Bless the Lord!
I can start my day reading a love letter from the Creator of the universe. At the end of our time together, I can raise a helleujah!
In a world filled with animosity and discord it is good for each of us to have a happy place that centers our thoughts and settles our soul. My happy place is in God’s Word, in God’s House, and in Praise and Worship music. Regardless of the chaos around me, I have A Reason to Praise! Have a blessed week.