Holy Week Playlist….. Communion Song performed by Jonathan Stockstill & Bethany Worship

Today is Maundy Thursday, the day that begins the sadness and reflection of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday commemorates the “last supper” of Jesus and his Disciples.  The night when the betrayal took place and Jesus eventual walk to the cross began.

I had never commemorated Maundy Thursday until I moved to Florida.  The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches taught me about this night and the recognition of the evening.

Services for Maundy Thursday are solemn and filled with self-reflection, coupled with the Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk, these are my favorite two Holy Week services.

Since moving back to Georgia, I haven’t found either service, I miss them.

Tonight I will reflect on what is to come and remember, Sunday is Coming!

Life’s Playlist…. Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

Sunday was a perfect day!  One of those days filled with faith, friends and family, I couldn’t have asked for more.

Started off at Church.  The church I attend is filled with good people, people who love each other and are committed to their walk with God.

I saw some great friends, heard amazing music, was touched by unplanned testimony from my friend Carla and enjoyed a sermon of faith and promise from Pastor Adam.

After Church I traveled to Helen, GA to visit with friends who were visiting from Florida.  It is always good to spend time with my friends and to be able to see how their children have grown since I left Florida was amazing.

One of their daughters is my special friend Sophia, a sweet, spirit filled child who embraces her life challenges and overcomes with joy.

We went to a zip-line course and the kids and dads sped through the woods attached by tether to the lines.  We had some concerns about Sophia’s ability to do the course, but she embraced the zip line and giggled with glee as she traversed the course.

As Sophia finished the first line, we knew it would all be OK, as she shouted with glee…. “I came in like a wrecking ball!”

After the dads and kids had finished the course, it was fun to just sit and talk with them all.  We laughed, reminisced and enjoyed each other’s company.

As I come up to my three-year anniversary of moving away from Florida, it is always good to see my friends and catch up.

After a quick trip back to town, I met up with the family for Sunday Supper…. a special dinner for my sister-in-law, Donna’s birthday.

As usual our time together was filled with laughs, reminiscing and total joy as our 3-year-old princess kept us entertained.

We missed having Zach, Brett and Jade with us, but know there will be other times when we can all be together.

It’s days like Sunday that make me realize just how fortunate I am.  My life may not be complete, but with faith, family and friends, I can’t really complain about the things I am missing.

I love my life and I love the people who make each day a blessing.  It was a good day!

As the night grew to an end, Sam and Donna both mentioned that I haven’t been writing.  I actually have been, and completed the 500 Word, Jeff Goins writing challenge, I just haven’t been sharing all my words here.  I’ll work on that as I know the words I put here on my computer screen are another blessing I was given in this life.

Today’s song is for my friend Sophia…. Wrecking Ball.  Keep knocking down those obstacles sweet girl, you are a blessing to everyone who knows you!

Sunday Playlist….. Grace Alone

Life’s Playlist…. Forever Young performed by Joan Baez

For me, few things evoke genuine emotion like music.

I can listen to a song and be taken away to a place, a time, a moment.

Some songs make my heart soar, others send me into a deep despair.  I cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner, my heart is filled with youthful joy when I hear Mustang Sally.

We Are the World puts me in a pool at Georgia Southern College and Vogue places me on the dancefloor at a Sunday Tea-Dance.

Years after their funerals I still struggle listening to How Great Thou Art as it places me on the front row at my parents funerals.

Yesterday, I was writing my April column for Georgia Mountain Laurel, the column is about someone who has had a major impact on my life and a song kept coming through my head.

It’s funny, how a song can put your mind in a place or the notes of a chorus brings a person to mind.

Music has always had this impact on me, all the songs of my life tie together to form a symphony of the people and places of my years here on earth.

I hope my chorus has many more stanzas to go, before the final note is played.

Last night I was watching YouTube and this song popped up on the screen.  I watched one version and ended up watching five different artists perform it.  I have always loved the song, let the words speak to you, in my mind they represent Bob Dylan’s best work….

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
And may you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young

 

Life’s Playlist…. A House Is Not a Home performed by Luther Vandross

Tomorrow the final chapter of my life in Florida comes to a close.

Good Lord willing, I am scheduled to close on the sale of my condo there.  I hope the new owners will be as happy in that little space as I was.

The Florida condo was my first major purchase, the biggest by far at the time I bought it about 15 years ago.

Two bedrooms, two baths, set on the fourth floor of a four-story building.  The condo is in a complex of 20 matching buildings with 24 units in each building.

I paid $54,000 for the unit.  I used an inheritance my grand-father left me for the $5,000 down-payment.

During the years I was in the condo I enjoyed it very much.  I got my first taste of political life there when I ran for the Board of Directors and was elected six years in a row.

When I decided to buy my home in Lake Park, I kept the condo as a rental, those were interesting days to say the least.

A year before I moved back to Georgia, I renovated the condo and moved back in.  When I moved back to Georgia, I rented it out again.

For the last two years I’ve had another renter in the space.

I recently decided I just wanted the condo off my books.  I put it up for sale and the tenant moved out.

I had an offer, we agreed on price and the purchaser couldn’t get funding.

Second offer came through and eventually fell through, it was below asking price but I accepted because I was starting to get nervous about the sale.

Last week I got a full ask offer, all cash closing in ten days.  JACKPOT, I took it.

Yesterday I signed the contract and sent it in….. LORD PLEASE LET THIS BE FINAL!

So todmorrow ends a portion of my life that served me well and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.  A piece of my heart will always be in Florida, but for me home is where I am today.