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Fred McKinnon is a Pianist/Composer from St. Simons Island, GA. Checkout the full BIO for more information and a complete bio. Worship Interludes Podcast - This podcast features instrumentals for prayer, meditation, soaking worship, relaxation, study music, and rest. Visit the Podcast page to listen or subscribe. Follow on Social MediaFacebookYouTubeInstagramTwitter

Peaceful Sunrise | Piano Instrumental [Episode 89, July 10, 2018]

“Peaceful Sunrise” – Piano Instrumental for Morning Meditation, Devotion, Prayer

Today’s piano instrumental interlude is called “Peaceful Sunrise” and it’s featured as episode #89 in the Worship Interludes Podcast.  It’s Tuesday morning, July 10th, 2018.  The past weekend was really tough for our family.   Our loving golden retriever, Sadie, was expecting her first litter of puppies this past weekend.  A few weeks ago we learned that she only had one puppy in her womb and that because of the size of this puppy, the delivery was more risky.  We’ve been a bit anxious since hearing that news.  Sadly, the puppy was stillborn this weekend.   We were quite disappointed but our grief was exasperated with worry because our sweet Sadie had major complications after the birth.  Her complications required a very serious, lengthy surgery that kept her in the Pet “ER” for a couple of days.   We were sad to lose our puppy but really wanted our sweet dog to make it through this tough weekend.

Sadie golden retriever

I’m happy to say that Sadie is sleeping on the couch a few feet behind me in my home studio.   She has a long recovery ahead but should be ok.

This was a tremendous burden for me.  At the same time, I’ve been searching for a car for our 2nd child, Will.  He celebrated his 16th birthday in May and we haven’t found a vehicle for him yet.  We’ve been patiently waiting for the right deal – the make, model, mileage, and of course … the price … that we wanted.   We finally found the vehicle this past weekend.   So in the midst of our pet drama, we also were trying to buy a vehicle that was out of town.

As the sun set last night, we’d successfully purchased the vehicle and my son was so happy.  My beautiful golden retriever was home resting and it just felt like “all was right in the world”.

This morning, the sun rose on a new day and I felt a sense of peace that has been absent.  It’s not that peace wasn’t available for me – it was just hard to grasp.  I believe peace is always available for us if we take the time to slow down and find it.  For me, as a Christian, I must pause, pray, and worship.   That’s where this musical interlude comes from today.

In the accompanying video, I’ve selected numerous photos of beautiful sunrises.  The sunrise signified the start of a new day.  For me, I think the sunrise is one of the most soothing, peaceful things a person can witness.  May the sun rise on your day and may you discover completeness, peace, and hope as you listen to this music.

Peace!

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God Bless America | Piano Instrumental and Patriotic Video [Episode 88, July 4, 2018]

“God Bless America” – Piano Instrumental and Video Celebrating the Fourth of July and Independence Day – A Call to Prayer

In the United States of America we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July.  It’s a summer day filled with memories, fireworks, grilling, family, friends, and celebration.   It’s also a time when we come together with a bit of patriotism.  One of my favorite patriotic songs is “God Bless America”.   This patriotic song is a simple prayer asking for God’s blessings on our nation.

Today, July 4, 2018, I composed this simple piano rendition of this classic song and used my music as a soundtrack to an inspiring video with patriotic images of America.

I include this in my “Worship Interludes” podcast because the lyrics to this beautiful song are a heartfelt prayer.   I do recognize that all of listeners are not from the USA.  Actually, there are thousands and thousands of listeners from all over the globe.   I appreciate that and at the same time welcome your prayers for our nation.

As I would pray for the peace and blessing of your land, I hope that you will join me, with all Americans, and pray this simple blessing over our nation.

This composition will be featured in my “Patriotic Playlist” on my YouTube Channel as well.

God bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her
through the night with the light from above.
From the mountains to the prairies
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America, my home sweet home.
God bless America, my home sweet home.

Peace!

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A Time to Pray | Piano Instrumental [Episode 87, July 2, 2018]

“A Time to Pray” – Piano Instrumental for Prayer Music, Meditation

“A Time To Pray” is a peaceful, quiet piano instrumental that is ideal for prayer music, meditation music, and soaking worship.   I recently heard someone say (and I am paraphrasing) “I pray a lot, but sometimes you have to take action”.   I know the heart behind this comment but it made me think that we often lose sight of the power of prayers.

Too many times we think of prayers as these passive whispers that we utter to God.  We hope that He hears them and hope that just maybe, He will answer.   Sadly, that’s about as powerful as we think our prayers can be.

However, we have to understand this is far from the truth.  Prayers, when offered in faith and in accordance to God’s plans, are super powerful.  I believe that our prayers cause actions to take place that we cannot even begin to comprehend.   In many cases, our prayers change and impact things here on this earth in ways that we could never do by protesting, marching, fighting, or debating.

I’m not suggesting that we don’t get involved in taking action on the things that are important to us.   I do; however, think that we should never lose sight of how mighty and powerful are prayers can be.

I’ve found myself in a season where I’m struggling to pray with authority and faith.  In my many years of walking with Christ, I’ve experienced these seasons.  I’ve started reading some powerful books and devotions because I know that my prayer life needs to be healthy and strong.

One of the biggest reasons I record these “worship interludes” is so that people can have a peaceful, soothing soundtrack for their prayers.  Or perhaps you just enjoy listening and relaxing.  Either way, I’m grateful that you listen.

Peace!

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