Pinned by TobyMacVEVOTobyMac3 days ago“21 Years” is a song I wrote about the recent passing of my firstborn son, Truett Foster McKeehan. I loved him with all my heart. Until something in life hits you this hard, you never know how you will handle it. I am thankful that I have been surrounded by love, starting with God’s and extending to community near and far that have walked with us and carried us every day. Writing this song felt like an honest confession of the questions, pain, anger, doubt, mercy and promise that describes the journey I’m probably only beginning. The rest is yet to come. One thing I know is that I am not alone. God didn’t promise us a life of no pain or even tragic death, but He did promise He would never leave us or forsake us. And I’m holding dearly to that promise for my son as well as myself.
The Land of Never
Have you ever been so clever You visited the Land of Never? “Never will I eat the foods that make me fat, Never will I say those awful words Like Heckedy Schmekedy drat,” Or in a moment of practiced pique When your bottom’s fallen in the creek: “Never ever will I do that again, No horse could drag me through that glen,” Or when your friend and you have a falling out, A spat where you cross your arms and shout, “That’s it, never will I be your friend! Never! Never! Never! The End!” . . . But it’s not the end, now is it? You’ll eat the pie despite the pounds and zits, You’ll say some awful things Because they have a righteous ring, You’ll take that trip to somewhere far away, Smiling as you wipe off spray, You’ll call your friends And make amends, You’ll say, “Did I say ‛Never’”? For me that’s far too clever. Let’s take a walk Around the block, Pluck a dandelion on the fly, Pick out Orion in the sky. Whatever we may endeavor Let’s steer clear Of the Land of Never.” ~Day Williams
When people ask me if I have any spare change, I tell them I have it at home in my spare wallet.
Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won’t be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.
~Henny Youngman (originally German surname Junggman) (1906 – 1998), British-born American comedian and violinist famous for “one-liners,” short, simple jokes usually delivered rapid-fire. His best known one-liner was “Take my wife—please.”
If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept it all to themselves.
~Lane Kirkland (1922 – 1999), United States labor union leader who served as President of the AFL-CIO for more than 16 years
Trust Not in Mortal Men
It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.
Don’t put your trust in mortal men:
They’ll only let you down;
Better to trust Lord Jesus Christ
And stand on solid ground.
The Lord is One
The Lord is one,
Love Him with heart
And soul and might.
1 In spring, when kings go warring, Joab led
The army out. He devastated land
Of Ammonites and went to Rabbah and
Besieged it, but King David stayed inside
Jerusalem, while Joab struck at Rabbah
And left it ruined. 2 David took the crown
From their king’s head—its weight was found to be
A golden talent, and some precious stones
Were set in it—and it was placed upon
David’s head. He took a great quantity
Of plunder from the city 3 and brought out
The people who were there, consigning them
To work with axes, saws, and iron picks.
King David did the same to all the towns
Of Ammonites. Then David and his army
Came back into Jerusalem. In time,
War broke out with the Philistines at Gezer.
Then Sibbekai the Hushathite did kill
Sippai, one of the descendants of
The Rephaites, and Philistines were beaten,
Subjugated. And in another battle
With Philistines, Elhanan, Jair’s son,
Killed Lahmi, brother of Goliath, who
Was Gittite; Lahmi had a spear which had
A shaft much like a weaver’s rod. In still
Another battle, which occurred at Gath,
There was a huge man with six fingers on
Each hand and six toes on each foot—in all,
Twenty-four, also from the line of Rapha.
7 He taunted Israel, and Jonathan
Son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed
Him. All these were from Rapha’s line in Gath,
Who fell to David’s men and David’s wrath.