The answer to the darkness... 

We’re currently experiencing a new plague in this country of rampant teen suicide. A classmate of my kids shot himself the other day and there is nothing but devastation in the wake of this event. I could write paragraph after paragraph citing past experiences of such losses and countless psychological and spiritual concerns and biases.

I won’t bother.

I’m too tired, lost, weak,  and blinded by rage 

Action is all we have left. 

PLEASE…

Tell someone you love them. Not me, not someone already knows but…

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Maybe you were wrong... 

I wrote “I’m Sorry”  about a dear friend, a former girlfriend, who committed suicide in high school. I was fifteen at the time and wrote it sometime between the day she died and her funeral as I remember playing it for a group of friends after the ceremony.

In the song I take responsibility for horrible things I said and for the fact that I never apologized when she was alive. Oddly it was she who reached out to me hours before her death. We were at school and she found me and spoke words of…

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There's 52 churches in my county... 

We're experiencing an intense political climate, one fraught with such opposing views and, as usual, the so-called voice of Christianity at the center of it. I just read a nasty post from a friend on Facebook who laughed at the recent right-wing defeat and said the joke was on Christians when they die and realize there's no Jesus or heaven.

Sometimes I hate freedom of speech. Not beacuse my Jesus feelings got hurt but because I know this sweet man and have no doubt that he did not mean to be cruel…

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I wonder about you... 

These are perplexing times, no? So many changes in the world around us via technology, politics, the capacity to express ourselves freely in an on-line setting… Yet I hear so much grumbling about friendship, family, and love. 

The other day a dinner date was frustrated with me when I gave up waiting after 30 minutes of no call/no show when they had a cel phone in their pocket.  Recently  someone criticized my lack of communication when I had only called 3 times, sent 4 emails, 2 texts and  5…

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He who's got the legs of death can put on a show... 

I remember Freddy Church.

I wrote a song about him, “Freddy’s Dead” after I found out that he had committed suicide during his battle with aids. It broke my heart to hear that someone felt so lost, so all alone… so God-free. Yet, this was at the beginning of the epidemic and he was certainly without hope of recovery and guaranteed continual, increased suffering. It was self-euthanasia, something that is quite prevalent twenty-plus years later in the AIDS community.

And until we all walk that…

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Where will you be when the night comes...? 

I recorded the song The Night Comes (written by my former brother-in-law Brian Tucker) because it’s the best Please Don’t Die Without Jesus song ever written. Today I wish I had a song about the night coming that not only referred to our Final Destination but These Dark Times as well.

I recently posted  a blog about an AC company that rejected my business because of MY lifestyle and THEIR spiritual beliefs. The outpouring of  We Love You Paisley was staggering as was the spread of anger about the…

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You walked into the party... 

Sometimes I think we as humans fail to realize that we’ve all joined a party that started long before we arrived, one that will continue long after we leave. Out attitude and perspectives often reflect an ownership that goes way beyond filling our shoes and taking responsibility  for the lives we have been given.

That’s right, dear ones. Life may be for the taking but until God actually grants us the thing in the first place.  I watch as kids (and sadly countless adults)  brazenly stroll through…

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Door closed in my face... 

When God closes a door, he opens a window, right? What if the windows are locked too?  Sometimes we really are locked out and not privy to the things we desire or require.

God never gives us more than we can handle, right? Looking at people that have faced the unimaginable (death of a child, AIDS or…) I have no curiosity as to the degree of my inner strength.

Yet sometimes all we have is loss, fear, grief, helplessness, shame or disappointment.  Of course I’m going to bring this around to the fact…

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