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I ran into an old friend and about 10 minutes into the conversation my mind drifted away to consider how blessed I am to have made a decision. ”Must be the MUSIC!” (old skool record by Secret Weapon) I can’t remember a time when I did not know what I wanted to do with my life. It had to be MUSIC! How that would look?, Where I’d do it?, In what capacity? To what degree? I didn’t know.
When I look back over my life, I realize now that God NEVER left me even though I attempted to leave Him. All I knew of Him was what I’d heard & what “His people” showed me. I honestly felt I’d be better off, minus the criticism and cross examination about my musical taste and style which, in large part, was why I “hit the road Jack!” Truth be told, I was finished with the “tradition” and rigidity that was being represented as “church.”
His voice broke as he thanked us for coming. Vaughn Harper whose name is still synonymous with “The Quiet Storm” has left radio and moved on to share the wealth of his rich spirit in other ways. (And although he hasn’t hosted the Quiet Storm in years, the DJs who fill that time slot still seem like visitors to me.
Anyone who knows me knows I just spent the last six months preparing for an event that took about as much planning as a wedding! And I’d be less than honest if I said I enjoyed every minute of it. Truth be told, as much as I tried to enjoy the journey, there were many moments when all I wanted to hear was my own voice saying “We love you! God bless you! We’ll see you again soon! Goodnight!– which is how I end every show that I host.
Aside from a few small hiccups, the performance pretty much went off the way I saw it in my mind’s eyes last year when I made the decision to release
If you are a born again believer, the question is the answer. I was reading my daily devotion from “Streams in the Desert.” Today’s passage was a hard truth. Despite all the scriptures in the Bible that attempt to prepare us christians for the “harsh” reality of suffering and affliction that is part of the package of our christian walk, we still, very often find ourselves blindsided by the shock of trouble and hurt.
It was late and the night was still as I walked away from the car full of new and old friends,smiling and waving goodbye. I thought to myself what a great time we’d had. But before I could shift my thoughts to my front door where I was headed, a man jumped from the bushes with a baseball bat! My whole life flashed before me. Battery, rape, murder – – what would he do to me?