I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend. The band and I spent last week in Australia, but we were fortunate enough to make it home just in time for dinner on Easter night. There’s really nothing like spending the holidays with family. The older I get the more I appreciate those moments and try not to take them for granted.
This afternoon Sarah received a call from her mom (a.k.a. Grammy Pammy) because they had taken her grandma Gloria to the hospital. After a series of tests they admitted her, but we’re still not sure what’s wrong. Gloria is a pillar of Sarah’s family and a joy to everyone who knows her. Her smile and her laugh light up a room. Sarah takes after her in that way. Bowen loves spending time with his grandma Gloria, just like everyone else. He loves swimming in her pool, eating her M&M’s, and teasing that he won’t give her a hug on the way out the door. Of course, he always ends up on her lap getting a huge squeeze and an earful of kisses and laughter.
We’d appreciate your prayers for Gloria tonight. We’d also appreciate your prayers for Bowen. He seems pretty healthy and happy these days, but we also see the signs of heart failure that every parent learns to recognize when their babies are between surgeries. That ashy blue skin, accentuated veins, sweaty hair, etc…
Next week we go in for his bi-annual heart check-up. Please pray for good reports.
Our kids with grandma Gloria on Easter
A future band
Last Saturday in Australia, Chris and I sat on panel of touring musicians in a session about life on the road. Toward the end of the session, we opened it up for a general question and answer time. A young girl in the front raised her hand and asked what to do when struggling with negative thoughts and depression. One of our friends on the panel said he didn’t deal with feeling down very often, and that he couldn’t relate. I, on the other hand, have come to know those feelings pretty well over the past couple of years. I wouldn’t say that I struggle with depression, but some days when I see Bowen’s ashy skin and he looks up at me with those swollen eyes, I’m aware that his heart could fail him. As a Father, it can be a struggle to gather my emotions and pull my heart up out of a moment of sadness.
I told that young girl that it might be cheesy to quote a lyric from one of our own songs, but that I still “hold on to the promises,” just as my friend John encouraged me to do at the beginning of our journey with Bowen.
This Easter weekend, be reminded of the words of Paul when he wrote, “the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you.” (Romans 8:11) And that, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” (1 Peter 1:3)
And finally, one of my favorite verses…
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18, ESV)
Take a moment and dwell on these verses, allow yourself to be in awe of the fact that God’s eternal spirit dwells in you, and then walk in the victory that he has called you to today.