Worship Interludes: Forgiveness [Feb 20, 2017]

Forgiveness.   Jesus, in teaching his disciples, taught us to pray saying “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us”.

This is a topic that came up over the weekend.  Forgiveness is paramount to freedom.   Holding onto bitterness and resentment is like poison to our souls.

Of all the people we may need to forgive, perhaps the most difficult is forgiving ourselves.

I meditated on these thoughts as I played this interlude.  I tried to think of those who have hurt me or disappointed me.   I recalled some hurts and areas where I may have bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness in my heart.   I also chose to forgive myself for the failures I’ve experienced and where I have disappointed myself.  I began to wrestle with this and you can sense and hear this in the music around 3:00 in.

I hope that as you listen to this interlude you will be able to release the hurts and pains caused by others, including those you caused yourself.   May you find freedom in forgiveness.

Photography:  Hakan Erenler, courtesy of Pexels.Com.

Worship Interludes: Extravagant Love (Valentine’s Day)

Worship Interludes:   Extravagant Love

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.  (John 15:13)

Today’s Worship Interlude is a break from the norm in that instead of posting a spontaneous interlude, this is a previously recorded live performance.  The song is an instrumental I composed called “Extravagant Love” and was performed live.   Typically I’d never post a pre-recorded track such as this – especially one that has applause at the end.   But it’s Valentines Day, and I can’t think of a better song than one called “Extravagant Love”.

Thanks to Torange.Biz for the beautiful artwork, licensed under Creative Commons.