Music

A Video Christmas Card: Christmas to Me

Posted by admin on December 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

Thanks to you all for reading and responding this past year. Here’s a little Christmas greeting for you that asks the important question: What is Christmas to you?

Christmas to me, echoes the mystery
The sacred holy night
A grace so pure and bright.

The Creative Spirit: Music in the Silence

Posted by admin on December 11, 2016 at 10:55 am

In the “music” of this all-to-hard-to-find silence, I began to feel myself drawn in the direction of the master composer and musician, the One who brings all to life, throws beauty over the world like a prayer shawl, and invites us all to “waste time with him” every once in a while.

Living Extraordinary Lives Begins with Gratitude

Posted by admin on May 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

Gratitude, it seems to me, is the starting point for our lives of prayer, creativity and living well among others. But gratitude is easy to say and harder to live by because it’s hard work. Saying “thank you” to God and to others around us is the simplest thing to do and, yet, we so often forget to do it. Or don’t make time to do it. Or don’t make it a part of our daily experience.

Today’s Word: Broken

Posted by admin on December 14, 2014 at 9:04 am

As we near Christmas, we recall both the woundedness of our lives and the joy of the birth of the Christ, who came to bind up our wounds, heal our brokenness and fill the empty spaces in our lives.

Blessing: For Those Who Create Art

Posted by admin on November 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

May we take our work seriously and ourselves with a grain a salt, with a growing knowledge that we are only instruments waiting to be played, apprentices under the guiding hand of a master craftsman, young players in need of the maestro’s baton, glimmering pieces of shiny glass and refracted light in search of focus and unity, sparkling moments of inspiration awaiting meaning and purpose, self-knowledge that we are moons, not stars capable of our own energy and light.

A Song for the Season: A Simple Gift

Posted by admin on December 20, 2013 at 6:56 am

ut how can this be? How can he believe?
That an angel came down from above?
Are there those not afraid to live by their faith?
Are there gifts as simple as love?

A Song for the Season: Soft Light From a Stable Door

Posted by admin on December 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

A Song for the Season: “Soft Light from a Stable Door,” a song based on a beautiful poem by the English poet Lilian Cox, recorded by Nathanael’s Creed.

From the Chief Musician to the String Player (on Psalm 61)

Posted by admin on July 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

This morning I came across a poem I wrote a few years ago in response to an act of friendship and concern on the part of a friend. I tweaked and tidied it up a bit (are poems ever really finished?) and maybe it will help someone today like his gesture helped me back then. Say thanks to a friend today for the small gifts of kind words and simple faith.

The Spirit of a Piece of Land: Nearer My God to Thee

Posted by admin on October 31, 2010 at 6:05 pm

The point is this: We don’t really own the land. We are given the blessing of calling bits and pieces of it “home” for a while, but it belongs to the creator and to the lives of all who have touched it and worked it and walked it over the years.

First Week of Lent: Praying Naked

Posted by admin on February 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm

So that’s my challenge to myself this lent – to come before God in prayer more often than I do now, and to present myself in that divine presence in a way that recognizes that God knows me better than I know myself anyway. No games, no baggage, no excuses, no masks. Just me, naked on the stage before him like a 300-year-old cello that cannot speak for itself but can only respond by vibrating to the working of the master’s hand.