Worship Interludes: Restoration [Episode 66, February 22, 2018]

Yesterday I was talking to some friends about the word “Restore” and “Restoration”.   This is a word that I’m focusing on in 2018.   There have been some things I’ve lost – that I’ve let slip in my life – and I am hoping to see them restored.

In the end, restoration is beautiful.   Most things that are restored are more strong and beautiful than before – many times, even better than the original condition.   When we see something restored we are in awe.

But we lose sight of the reality that the process of restoration can be brutal.   Things have to be stripped down, torn apart, dismantled, and removed.   There are things that cannot be re-used and must be discarded.  In the process of restoration you will find junk that is worthless but you may find something of immense value that can be salvaged.

This musical interlude reflects this process.   It starts with a darker, minor theme and eventually moves to a major theme, and then to a light, joyful sense of awe as you begin to see the finished product.

If you’re in a restoration process, I hope you will stay strong until the end.   It’s worth it.

I hope as you listen today you can be still and just meditate on what is being restored in your life.   Think about the pain, the struggle, the process, and surrender to it.   At the same time, don’t lose sight of the vision of what the fully restored part of your life will be like!

Worship Interludes: Waiting In the Storm [Episode 56, November 9, 2017]

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a storm?  You want to run and find shelter.  Protection is your biggest objective.   I loved this beautiful picture and I can imagine running into this barn for protection.

My piano interludes are meant to provide a musical background for prayer, meditation, reflection, and yes … even simple relaxation or entertainment.   For me, coming from the Christian faith, I know that in my storms I have to run to my Protector, Jesus Christ.   Sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes the storm rages and you find yourself waiting … and waiting … and waiting.

As one of my favorite songs says, “He’s in the waiting“.   I hope that as you listen to this interlude today that you will find a sense of peace in the waiting and in the midst of the storms.

Worship Interludes: Trust [Episode 38, June 26, 2017]

TRUST.   What an amazing thing.   It’s a decision you have to make and it can’t be made for us.

It’s not often that my “worship interludes” include an actual song.  Typically, they are spontaneous improvisations.  This morning as I sat down in the studio I prayed “what should I pray about and play this morning” and this immediately came to me.

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
and to take him at his word;
just to rest upon his promise,
and to know, “Thus saith the Lord.”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!