A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home near St. Pat’s the parish high school. He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace and contentment. Then a new school year began.
The very next afternoon three young boys, full of youthful, after-school enthusiasm, came down his street, beating merrily on every trash can they encountered. The crashing percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old man decided it was time to take some action.
The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young percussionists as they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he said, “You kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance like that. In fact, I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a favor? I’ll give you each a dollar if you’ll promise to come around every day and do your thing.”
The kids were elated and continued to do a bang-up job on the trash cans. After a few days, the old-timer greeted the kids again, but this time he had a sad smile on his face. “This recession’s really putting a big dent in my income,” he told them. “From now on, I’ll only be able to pay you 50 cents to beat on the cans.” The noisemakers were obviously displeased, but they did accept his offer and continued their afternoon ruckus. A few days later, the wily retiree approached them again as they drummed their way down the street.
“Look,” he said, “I haven’t received my Social Security check yet, so I’m not going to be able to give you more than 25 cents. Will that be okay?” “A lousy quarter?” the drum leader exclaimed. “If you think we’re going to waste our time, beating these cans around for a quarter, you’re nuts! No way, mister. We quit!” And the old man enjoyed peace.
Prayables loves Tommy Walker’s version of a classic standard hymn! This is a live video that not only captures the beat, and gets you up on your feet… but Tommy also slows us down, and brings us to prayer. Find meaning in To God be the Glory.
Yeah! Jerry Watts on bass! He can hold down a solid groove for worship music, or play explosive, inspired solos for jazz/fusion, and talk about tone! Such a versatile musician! Tommy is cool too… :-
I was there when he lead that night. It was awesome. God bless you Tommy.
Tommy Walker is a great worship leader. He brings everyone together to worship the Lord. Praise the Lord for his gift! AMEN!
The rains have come,
Windy days and crisp nights.
Days are shorter
And the land prepares to sleep.
Bless this day, God of seasons.
Bless the autumn with the hope of comfort and rest.
Be present with us as we gather with family and friends
So that we bring each other love and joy.
God of time and space,
May this season be a blessing and a teacher.
Make me like the rain, nourishing all that I touch.
Make me like a gentle wind, quietly clearing old habits
And the debris of mistakes.
Make me like the crisp air,
Present, refreshing and free.
Bless my days with service and my nights with prayer.
Make me like the land, seeking solace and rest.
© 2010 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
It’s a knock at the door.
It’s an invitation in the mail,
a nudge: “Call me.”
And when I do,
such sweet relief.
Not a burden, but a bequest:
A bouquet of forget-me-nots,
disguised as pain.
I thank You for keeping me mindful
of that which is greater than me.
You in my sufferings,
in my struggles,
in my sorrow,
raise me higher
with every ache.
-Lori Strawn, Prayables