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Monthly Archives: December 2008

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On occasion I have terrible thoughts that race around my conscience and penetrate deep into my soul. I don’t know why it happens, there is no trigger to cause them. They sometimes haunt me for days.

I had an incident this week, too terrible to imagine, much less to speak or write of. But, today that tragedy came true…not to me, but to someone I know and it has cut me deep.

I checked my work email today and noticed a message from my boss. I opened and read that a couple at work had lost one of their triplets just before Christmas. A little girl….less than 6 months old.

My heart burst with sadness, unlike any I’ve felt in a long, long time. My episodes force me to glimpse into this deep abyss, but this was real and immediate. The funeral was today and I had to go for them…and for me.

The scene was surreal, all these people I know and work with were today transformed from teachers engaged in the daily grind of work into a family whose hearts had been trampled into quiet, desperate submission by a tragedy that enveloped us like thick fog on a cold, damp Texas winter morning. The sky was a deep blue, the trees in winter hung over us as if to taunt, and the dead leaves crunched underfoot as we clumsily marched around the scene not knowing what to say. But, we did not have to say much because the love and concern was palpable, it was evident in the tear-swelled eyes. Even those wearing sunglasses could not hide what we all felt.

As I stood there looking into the faces I realized this little girl who has passed far too soon from the arms of her daddy and the warm kisses of her mommy brought us together today. Her life was not in vain. Her tragic end is not the end. (Whether you believe in God or not.) She is empowering us, she is allowing us to live the resurrection. For us today…the love that she provides even now in death enables us to love one another more deeply, more fully, more…

The eyes truly are the window to the soul, and today I witnessed a depth of soul that provides me much comfort.

Grace and Peace To You

I still remember the days as a kid when we were told to turn the lights out when we left the room. We had to conserve energy! I still turn out the lights when I leave a room. So, here is the information model for our kids and their generation. It’s a little more fancy, a little more cool…maybe a little more scary.

Just passing this along. I just bought this and it’s amazing…

We are proud to announce the official release of the CALL+RESPONSE soundtrack on Itunes today.
This took a lot of hard work to put together, but its finally here!

17 Live Performances from the movie along with several unreleased tracks from:

Matisyahu doing a historic rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”
Cold War Kids weaving dissonance and melody into their performance of “We Used To Vacation”
Rocco Deluca offers a stirring and perfect performance of “Buss Ride” from his last album
The Scrolls, now known as W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration) performing “Rise Up”

All these along with Natasha Bedingfield, Switchfoot, Talib Kweli, Five For Fighting, Justin Dillon and others.

And this soundtrack would not be complete without a little love from our brother Dr. Cornel West dropping
his wisdom on us all!

Get it today.
Tell all your friends and family today.
Gift this to everyone for christmas today.
Facebook everyone you know and want to know today.

I often wonder if people recognized when they were living in moments that rocked the world? For example, when the printing press was invented…did people run around around shouting, “You’ve got to see this thing, it’s freakin awesome!”

We are living in such a time, and sometimes I want to shout..”You’ve got to see this thing, it’s freakin awesome!” And, it’s not just about the technology itself, just as the printing press was not just about the ability to print words on paper. We must continue to imagine ways to harness this power to help us resolve problems that were previously too large, too hard to even recognize.

Today, my friend Bob pointed out another tool that harnesses our connected world to help those who most need it. RED Wire is this really cool music service that connects fans to artists and provides funds for fighting AIDS in Africa. Check it out, $5 bucks a month to help fight AIDS!