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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Beholding the Lamb and Interviewing Andrew Peterson

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“No man, when he comes to die, will ever say, ‘I spoke too much of the grace of God.’ Let Satan accuse me of that. I welcome it.” -Andrew Peterson, foreword, Behold the Lamb of God

I’m just so thankful for Andrew Peterson’s life and ministry.

It was February when we set down with Andrew Peterson in Franklin, Tenn., to interview him for the cover story of the current RTM Magazine. My vocabulary is too weak to string together a sentence that would fully convey how much I learned from him that day.

We laughed, we (I) cried, we talked about how much we love the Gospel.

It was my favorite interview.

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Andrew posted about the interview here.

As my Christmas present, on Monday night my coworker took me to see Andrew’s Behold the Lamb of God tour in Nashville and was once again mesmerized by the Gospel that shattered my heart and gave me a new one.

Three hours of wonder, worship, goosebumps and tears. That’s what the night was.

It was my favorite “show.”

Everyone I know is going with me next year. So just go ahead and reserve a night in December to meet me at the Ryman. I’ll bring the Kleenexes.

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Singing with (part of) his family. From left: Andrew’s wife Jamie, their daughter Skye, and Andrew.

What follows is a snippet of the interview with AP that we had to cut from the main article for spacial reasons. (Check out his cover story here.) 

Consider this one of the deleted scenes from his article.

In this little blurb, AP talks about community and how it nourishes art, which I thought fitting to share while he’s sharing the stage with so many beautiful artists on this Christmas tour.

Next week I’ll post another deleted scene where he answers the question, “How do you make non-cheesy Christian art?” Stay tuned for that gem.

And, if you’re in a city close to a Behold the Lamb of God tour stop, go. Drive six hours if you have to. Just go. You’ll love God more because of it.

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THE CYCLE OF ART & COMMUNITY NOURISHING

“There’s this picture in people’s minds of this artist who is always off by himself and he’s creating his thing, his masterpiece in isolation or whatever and I’ve just found that art nourishes community and that community nourishes art,” Andrew said. “Art has a way of drawing people to itself. Art made in community is better than art made in isolation. You end up learning from the people around you.

“It’s nice to live in Nashville where every songwriter I know is better than I am. Community has a way of nourishing art in a really important way. I think that’s the thing. More than ever I’m learning that I need people. And I need to invite other people, don’t be precious about what it is you’re trying to make. But at the same time realizing the more beautiful thing than the song you’re writing is the friendship that you’re a part of or the people you’re going to church with. The story that is unfolding is much better than the works of art it is giving birth to.”

At the end of the day, it’s seeing the Gospel—in God’s artwork, His creation, His people—that makes the difference.

“The songs are going to all go away but I hope I’m still friends with some of these guys and girls when I’m 80. That’s far more important than the songs,” he said. “The songs are almost a good excuse for you to build your friendships with these people. That’s one of the big things I’ve learned over the years.”

Read the main article, Breadcrumbs of Grace: Seeing the Gospel in Art, here.

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