Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Quietly Listening

Today has been great! Before it is over I will have been blessed to spend time with my wife -Kim, my kids - Laura, Emily (John was working), my puppy - Sadie, a college kid in my small group -Zach, my boss - Steve, my elder - Roland, my co-worker - Kerri, my church family - various people, my small group - about 8 of the "Mighty Men", my daughter's youth ministers - Jim & Sarah, and many others whom I'm forgetting at this point in the day. But let me tell you what I'm most excited about - tonight. Do you know whom I'm going to get to spend some time with tonight? God! Now, I've been talking and walking with him throughout the day but tonight I'm going to get a blanket and go out in my backyard and lay down. (Hopefully my puppy won't be attacking me with slobbery kisses) I'm going to put on one of my favorite songs on a little boombox and I'm going to listen to that song over and over again. They say the weather is supposed to be crystal clear tonight and I'm planning on gazing up at the stars while these words just rain over my soul:

you should see the stars tonight
how they shimmer shine so bright
against the black they look so white
comin down from such a height
to reach me now, you reach me now

you should see the moon in the flight
cuttin cross the misty night
softly dancin in sunshine
reflections of this light
reach me now, you reach me now

and how could such a thing
shine its light on me
and make everything beautiful again
and you should feel the sun in the spring
comin out after a rain
suddenly all is green
sunshine on everything
i can feel it now, i feel you now

and how could such a thing
shine its light on me
and make everything beautiful
and you should hear the angels sing
all gathered round their king
more beautiful than you could dream
ive been quietly listening
you can hear em now, i hear em now
and how could such a king
shine His light on me
and make everything beautiful
and i wanna shine
i wanna be light
i wanna tell you itll be alright

and i wanna shine and i wanna fly
just to tell you now
itll be alright, itll be alright
itll be alright.

cus i got nothing of my own to give to you
but this light that shines on me shines on you
and makes everything beautiful, again.
itll be alright, itll be alright.


These are the lyrics to "Stars" by David Crowder. They are on two of his albums: Illuminate ('03) and Sunsets and Sushi ('05). I like the Sunsets & Sushi remix the best.

Anyway, this is a powerful song and I anticipate some great time with the Lord with this song shaping my thoughts.

8 comments:

RPorche said...

Ooo. Good idea, dude! I've never sat down with that song and really let the meaning sink in. Thanks for bringing it back to my attention today.

TKP said...

Hey Joel,

ARe you on crack or something? Cuz not only did you post a comment for Jon Westin on my blog, but you also posted the same comment five consecutive times on another entry. Seriously, man...

TKP said...

oh, and if you can delete that comment you left for JW on my blog that'd be great. i'll see you sunday!

Beaner said...

Wow Joel - I didn't mean to ruffle your feathers that much! I guess we have something in common - it seems we both tend to be rather emotional. Reading your comments on my blog just made me see that I would have spouted off the same way if someone questioned my "judgements". I guess I'll try to be a little more rational with my responses from now on. I just REALLY have an issue with name-calling. I don't call Scott Peterson a "nice guy" but I also would never call him a dirty name either. I just don't believe we're supposed to act like that. So....you can make your judgements & I'll make mine too, but I will stick to my guns & say that Christians shouldn't call other people names like "shady punk". And, you only know Michael Schaivo's character by what other people say about him, which is gossip, so if you want to judge his character by that, fine. But it is my OPINION that you give Christians a bad name by being a name-caller.

Lucy said...

Hey Beaner, just wanted you to see the defintion of the word opinion that YOU used.


o·pin·ion Audio pronunciation of
"opinion" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-pnyn)
n.

1. A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof: “The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion” (Elizabeth Drew).
2. A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.
3. A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing: has a low opinion of braggarts.
4. The prevailing view: public opinion.
5. Law. A formal statement by a court or other adjudicative body of the legal reasons and principles for the conclusions of the court.

Lucy said...

Hey Beaner, just wanted you to see the defintion of the word opinion that YOU used.


o·pin·ion Audio pronunciation of
"opinion" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (-pnyn)
n.

1. A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof: “The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion” (Elizabeth Drew).
2. A judgment based on special knowledge and given by an expert: a medical opinion.
3. A judgment or estimation of the merit of a person or thing: has a low opinion of braggarts.
4. The prevailing view: public opinion.
5. Law. A formal statement by a court or other adjudicative body of the legal reasons and principles for the conclusions of the court.


Also....telling someone that THEY are giving Christians a bad name, is pretty much the same thing as name calling. Your the one that seems to have their feathers ruffled more. Remember he posted on his OWN blog...YOU responded...by your own will!

Beaner said...

Lucy - you're right about a lot of what I wrote. I have no right to point out other's flaws when #1 - I first have to pull out that darn plank & #2 - It would be different if Joel was a good friend first. I'm still trying to figure out "blogging relationships" and at least I'm learning a lot too. And for the record, Joel posted comments on MY blog too. It would have been good for us to originally post on Mike Cope's blog (where this originated) but we were having diffuculty posting there. Anyway, I hope that in Christian love we can all see that we all make mistakes, I am sorry for mine, and I wasn't trying to be hurtful, but helpful - I just went about it the wrong way. Wisdom comes from experiences, so I'm chalking this one up to my "lessons learned" pile! And I am SOOOO nice in person - honestly - I just come off differently in print. I would MUCH rather talk face-to-face!!!

JD said...

I haven't heard that song, but I really like Dave Crowder. I'll look for it. The last time I spent some specific time with God was too long ago ... at the end of a pier that stretched out into the Gulf of Mexico.