Music! Storytelling! … faith…

“If you believe Jesus it the Light of the World there are two kinds of songs you can write – you can write songs about the Light or about what you see by the Light.”  T. Bone Burnett

On Sunday evening we were privileged to hear both kinds of songs during an amazing concert at my parents’ church.  A dear friend treated (thank you Carol-Jo!) …  i must confess that usually ‘contemporary Christian’ music is not my thing (i am so huge into Choral music &, of course, Gospel that Rocks The Roof after singing in a Gospel Choir as the only red head years ago in D.C.!)  BUT, this concert truly was a worship experience in every sense of the word.

Two guys with personality, faith & TALENT…playing music & telling deeply meaningful stories that tapped the depths of hurting hearts while lifting our spirits with OUTRIGHT HUMOR betwixt & between. (i mean, like REALLY FUNNY stuff, i haven’t laughed that much since the last viewing of “Yes Minister.” : )

Andrew Peterson & Jason Gray ‘rocking the flocks’ on their Storytellers Tour.  Acoustic sets & toned down ‘James Taylor-ish’  melodies where we could actually understand The Words … & such Powerful Words …

Here are a few from Jason Gray to contemplate today..

Nothing Is Wasted
Jason Gray/Jason Ingram/Doug McKelvey

The hurt that broke your heart
And left you trembling in the dark
Feeling lost and alone
Will tell you hope’s a lie
But what if every tear you cry
Will seed the ground where joy will grow

Nothing is wasted
Nothing is wasted
In the hands of our redeemer
Nothing is wasted

It’s from the deepest wounds
That beauty finds a place to bloom
And you will see before the end
That every broken piece is
Gathered in the heart of Jesus
And what’s lost will be found again…

(click here to read more of the lyrics…)

Oh, & these guys challenged us not to sit on our faith laurels, but to DO worship, the kind that helps HIV/AIDS victims, stands up against injustice, & serves the poor… the kind of worship that flows from the Love of God touching us in our broken places so we can touch others with Love…

… & if they come anywhere near you, be sure to check them out.

Andrew Peterson & Jason Gray

Light- bearers of Jesus Christ (!)

candle light 2grace, peace & Musical Light(*)

    Virginia : )

(* that rocks!! : )

p.s. Andrew Peterson is the host of the cool “Rabbit Room” website where artists hang out in ‘creative community’  & we can peek in on their creative processes.  Click here to check it out.

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4 Responses to Music! Storytelling! … faith…

  1. Carol-Jo says:

    Beautiful pictures

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you Carol-Jo for such an AMAZING TIME Sunday night. wow – the music really ministered BIG TIME. ‘Twas also fun to ‘hang out’ with you & all your buddies from all over. The rose pic is from Kosovo (note the rubble of a destroyed home in the background) – & the candle is from Italy. sigh(s) –grace, peace & rockin’ music – Virginia : )

  2. John Paine says:

    Wait a minute…we’re supposed to do something with our faith? These guys are great, as is your write-up. Thanks!

    • Virginia says:

      LoL, John – can you imagine? someone i know (& you know, too) says that ‘the doing leads to the knowing.;’ sound familiar? (hint: this same someone also said something about ‘i can’t, but He can’ & a few other Secrets… like, 4 total : ) The Storytellers rocked the flock at WCC Sunday – literally! totally awesome…’twas a grand time altogether.
      grace, peace & DOING FAITH – Virginia : )

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