September 21st, 2010

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A Rich Day

Sometimes iPod shuffle works the way it I always thought it was supposed to-like magic, or maybe Providence. Today I was looking for something to fit my mood after a fitful, mostly sleepless, night. Instead, that something found me. Almost everything on my iPod shuffle that came up was written by the late, some would say great, Rich Mullins. How could I not love the music of a man who wrote an entire song about my favorite color!

Considering that most of my thoughts the last few days, especially where writing was concerned, were about angels and demons and fighting evil.(Thank you, Eric Kripke) , well, it was nice to hear music from a man who was humbled time and again by the love and grace of God, and whose music often humbled me for those same reasons. There is a bigger reason to fighting that evil after all.  And it is nice to be reminded that there are things bigger than me, but that I am not alone and I am included in the party. I have been stirred to write again; write for something other than work, from people beyond me and my normal boundaries; by people I have never met. It is nice to be reminded that God has many tools in his toolbox to stretch us beyond our limits; to help us to grow.

And you never know who God is gonna use
A princess or a baby
Or maybe even you or me

thanks, Rich, for the reminder

and of course, thank you, Father

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Its Still A Rich Day

I posted earlier tonight that it was a "Rich" day. It still is. I just got word that the wife of my high school principal passed away tonight. But she was more than that. She was also the mother of one of my close friends from high shool, and the Nana to her grandchildren. Many of us had been praying for her during her battle against a brain tumor.

I didn't spend alot of time with Mrs B when I was in high school. I was only ever at their home a few times. But her daughter was truly a good friend and a wonderful influence on the person I am today. So I am grateful to God that she was in my life, because that means that her daughter was in my life. The way that Mr and Mrs B raised their daughter had a positive impact on how I turned out, too. Here are (some of ) the words of another Rich song I ran into today, that seem somewhat appropriate:

Elijah Words & Music by Rich Mullins

The Jordan is waiting for me to cross through
My heart is aging I can tell
So Lord, I'm begging
For one last favor from You
Here's my heart take it where You will

This life has shown me how we're mended
And how we're torn
How it's okay to be lonely as long as you're free
Sometimes my ground was stoney
And sometimes covered up with thorns
And only You could make it what it had to be
And now that it's done
Well, if they dressed me like a pauper
Or if they dined me like a prince
If they lay me with my fathers
Or if my ashes scatter on the wind
I don't care

But when I leave I want to go out like Elijah
With a whirlwind to fuel my chariot of fire
And when I look back on the stars
Well, It'll be like a candlelight in Central Park
And it won't break my heart to say goodbye

Goodbye Mrs B. You will be missed. Say "hi" to Rich for us.