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JFH Staff Blog | Remedy Drive

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

He Pled the Cause of the Afflicted

For the last couple of months we have been able to partner with several different groups of remarkable people who have worked at raising awareness for various needs.  In Eureka, CA, we did an event w/ some people raising funds for child soldiers in Uganda. 

In Bend, Oregon, and Lake Stevens, Washington, we did events to raise awareness and support for families in the area dealing w/ cancer.  We have been humbled to be able to work alongside of such people and seeing them work gives me a sense of urgency in my own life to make these sort of things not just something I do but something that becomes a part of who I am.

There is a phrase written by the Hebrew prophet Jeremiah that has really impacted me lately.  "He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well.  'Is not that what it means to know Me?' declares the Lord."  The idea of knowing God is something that is very attractive to me, and finding out that somehow it is tied up in loving our neighbors (according to Jeremiah) kind of takes me off guard.  But then I read that Jesus said similar things 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

Bono (a hero of mine) says "God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives.  God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them."

So what am I doing today to plead the cause of the afflicted and needy?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Economy Of Grace

There is the feeling of uncertainty and a lack of security that might not have been there before.  I start to wonder about my mortgage - about whether or not I'll be able to continue to put food on the table for my family.  I know a lot of industry gets effected by recession but what about rock music?  Do people still go to concerts if the stock market crashes?  Sometimes I get the idea that insurance and savings plans will continue to supply me with stability and protection- safeguards and defense that will always be around.  But now we're all asking similar questions - what if the bottom drops out?

And then the bigger questions come for me - is this what I'm putting my hope in?  Is my sense of security contingent upon what happens with stocks and bonds on a street in New York City?  Or is there something else that I can depend on and put my confidence in?

For any disquieted souls like my own that are reading here - remember, we have a hope and a certainty.  There is an economy called grace that won't go into recession - grace won't let you down.  It's possible to depend entirely on the wealth and resources of a kingdom that will never experience economic decline.  Hope is with us in these hard times, in the rubble of our broken dreams and failed accomplishment - reminding us of sights yet unseen.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Vacationing From Rock Music...

Hello friends.  We have been spending a lot of time on the road these days.  We just got done w/ a couple Colorado shows after being on tour for the last 6 months and Remedy Drive is going four separate ways for a week.  I'm spending some down time in Chicago with my extended family, Dan is backpacking in Colorado, Philip is going climbing and Paul is heading to India.

I never thought a vacation from rock music would be something I'd ever look forward to.  Since the first time I heard a guitar solo, the idea of playing music for a living really moved me.  In my book, it’s the best job in the world (other than demolition – they say people in the demolition business have an even a higher job satisfaction rating then doctors – prior to being in the band, my brother Philip and I demolished a garage – it was rewarding).   

So, it surprises me after playing 65 or so concerts in three months and making an album with a record label - that I'm not more satisfied and content.  In doing all this work I love that I am reminded that it is not rock music that validates my existence.  It's not vacation either.  It reminds me that there is something more substantial in the universe that can sustain the needs of my human heart.  It is not the songs we write or the plans we have. It is something else.  There is something more.

 


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