😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you. Saturday morning, I started listening to an interesting interview Matthew Kelly had with country songwriter and singer Clay Walker. It was a two hour interview, so it took me a few sittings to work my way through it. At about 28 minutes into the interview Clay spoke about how a high school teacher in Beaumont, TX used his song Live Until I Die, which he wrote when he was 17, as a model for creative writing. In talking about this, Clay mentioned how in writing an essay, the importance of every line pointing to the thesis. Which is the same in song writing. You find the hook of the song and then every line should point back to that hook.
That statement sent my mind spinning and contemplating on how the same applies to our lives, actions and words we speak and those we leave unspoken, and how they, like the lines in the song pointing back to the thesis, should all point back to our Creator and Lord.
Hearing the first reading at Mass Sunday morning, it brought me back to Clay’s statement about how every line should point to the thesis and the importance of each word we speak. Sirach 27:4-7 “When a sieve is shaken the husks appear; so do one’s faults when one speaks. As the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just. The fruit of the tree shows the care it has had; so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind. Praise no one before he speaks, for it is then that people are tested.“ Wow, isn’t that the truth.
Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of our 40 day Lenten journey. I pray you have an eye opening, revealing Lent.
Bless others and be blessed.
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#ClayWalker – Live Until I Die
#MatthewKelly – The Clay Walker Interview