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Tonight is the annual Grammy Awards. In case you live under a rock, it is the award show highlighting the “best” music of the past year. I put the word best in quotation marks because I believe “best” is always an opinion, and I rarely agree with the music awarded a Grammy. But I do love music. Today I’m going to add to my Lenten 40-day journey by listening to more music.

I have a lot of favorite artists. Through the years I’ve spent money on music ranging from Alabama to ZZ Top, from Kenny Rogers to Kenny G, from Beatles to Wings to just plain Paul McCartney. I listen to praise & worship, jazz, pop, alternative rock, country (ish) and movie show tunes.  I love Bethel worship and Jason Upton (especially his latest album “A Table Full of Strangers”), but I also love pop stuff, like Ben Rector (I’ll be singing along with his latest tunes when he’s in Des Moines in March). Most of you know I’ve basically been a concert stalker for NEEDTOBREATHE (I think I’ve been to 6 concerts in 5 different states in 3 years). But at those concerts, I’ve fallen for the music of a couple of their opening bands, like Colony House and Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors. We like Drew’s music so much that I’m working on a way to see him while he’s in Des Moines in April.

The old stuff, from my teens and 20s, still have a hold of me. I recently purchased James Taylor’s latest album, Before This World, because he’s James Taylor. I don’t need any other reason. And it’s good. Really good.

Music is such a powerful influence in our lives. It can move us emotionally from the highest highs to depressing lows. I do try to avoid those types of songs. I’m not really into being depressed. The music and lyrics stay with us for most of our lives…I have no problem remembering the hymns I learned in my home town Methodist church when I was a child. I can sing the words to all the ABBA songs being played during my Curves workout.

Take some time today to fill your heart with good music…music to lift your soul, spur you to feeling good about yourself and others, music that helps you remember happy times.David was a lowly shepherd boy, who penned songs while watching over his sheep. He sang and played a variety of instruments. Music and worship became his training ground before being crowned king of Israel and called a friend of God.

By the way,  I do have a very favorite group- who do you think?

Psalm 18[a]

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield[b] and the horn[c] of my salvation, my stronghold.

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Pride. Spiritual pride. I have all the answers.
God wouldn’t approve of you because I don’t approve of you.
Pharisees of the 21st century.
Christians with preconceived ideas of how God loves, who God loves, what God loves.

I can’t imagine He would ever accept you as you are.
You must re-make yourself into my image before you’ll be allowed into our church country club.
You must learn our language – our dress – our customs & traditions.

I’m sure God wouldn’t like your tattoos.
You’ll need to get those removed. Or covered up. Definitely covered up.
I’m sure He doesn’t like the word “meditation.” Change your language.

You don’t attend a church? Well, you’ve got to do that.
You don’t read the Bible? I’ve read it all the way through…even Leviticus, and Ezekiel.
You don’t have a regular “quiet time?”
What do you mean, “What is a quiet time?”

No, you can’t worship God outside in nature. That’s too much like “new age” stuff.
No, you need to pray this way – my way – our church’s way.

No, we don’t like liturgy. We’re free to pray in our own words, these words.
Don’t read your prayer. That’s too much like having someone else tell you what to pray.
We’re all about freedom…

No, you can’t drink.
Or smoke.
Or swear.
Or dress like that.
Or listen to that music.
Or act like that.
Or hang with people like that.
No, you can’t do that.

Hey – Jesus loves you just the way you are.
I’m proud to be a Christian…
Sometimes…
Not so much.

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