Friday, May 13, 2011

Music and my soul

Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands

Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

Have you ever heard a song and it speaks to you.. I don't mean "Wow I like that tune" I mean a song that reaches inside and speaks directly to your heart and soul?

There are songs that reduce me tears when I hear them, they touch me on such a level that I almost feel like God is touching me thru the music.

One of the groups that has this effect on me, Petra, I had the privilege of seeing in concert and met years ago when they were on tour here in Portland with Josh McDowell. I hear their music and it leaves me breathless and almost in pain with an emptiness words don't express. One of my favorites is Creed give it listen and tell me what you think.

I believe in God the Father - maker of heaven and earth
And in Jesus Christ His only Son
I believe in the virgin birth
I believe in the Man of Sorrows bruised for iniquities
I believe in the Lamb who was
crucified and hung between two thieves

I believe in the resurrection on the
third and glorious day
And I believe in the empty tomb and the
stone that the angel rolled away
He descended and set the captives free
And now He sits at God's right hand
and prepares a place for me

Creed ...

Another and more personal artist is Lauren Talley of the Talley Trio, some of her music is to me so intense and personal I sometimes hesitate to play it. I've had a shortcut to the song Testify on my desktop for years and love the song for what it says.

That said I don't listen to just Christina music, in fact I listen to almost anything that catches my interest from AC/DC, to country to my current playlist that is loaded with Cee-Lo Green.

I remember sitting in church in boot camp listening to the hymns and feeling like something was missing .. religion has never been a big part of my life even when church was. I went for the "fellowship" more than anything else, but have felt God's hand on me from time to time and envied people I know who seem "filled with the holy spirit."

I'm not sure I know where this is leading since I write from the cuff so to speak and this blog is called Ramblings of an Empty Mind.

I know something is missing from my life; that I have tried to fill it with other things over MANY years, but as I approach 50 years of age I am actively seeking out that which is missing. Is it music? a more personal relationship with God? more time spent with my son and daughter? or just simply learning to be content with my life for once.

I don't know yet and perhaps never will; but think the secret is in the journey not the destination.

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