"But music was his life, it was not his livelihood, and it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good. And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul. He did not know how well he sang; it just made him whole." - Harry Chapin - chorus of "Mr. Tanner."

Friday, February 25, 2011

A tribute to Ken Diehm . . .

Church Staff member and friend, Melissia Mason, has written a wonderful tribute to Ken Diehm.

Click on Melissia's blog to read it here.

I appreciate you, Melissia!!!

God's grace amazez me . . . ><>

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Goodbye my friend and ministry partner . . . Dr. Ken Diehm

My friend and ministry partner these almost 6 years, Dr. Ken Diehm, passed away suddenly on Saturday evening, February 19th, 2011, from a brain bleed complicated by undiagnosed leukemia.

As a clergy collegue in another nearby community said to me, "if you told me a pastor of our conference in his 50's would die this year, Ken would not have even been on the list."

I am in shock. Our church is in shock. All of our staff members are bravely working to get us through the memorial service on Saturday, and then through 6 worship services on Sunday. However, our batteries / energy levels are almost if not exhausted.

I cannot begin to write one single tribute to Ken. I think I will be writing for some time about him as part of my grieving process.

Church member and friend, Steve Isbell, took this picture of Ken a couple of years ago, on a group bike ride in the Fredericksburg, TX area. There is Ken, leading the group, as it prepares to come to a distant bend in the road. We followed Ken around several distant bends, and up and down some mountains as well. This picture is how I will probably remember Ken best.

I was taught that in times of trials and tribulations, I should always count my blessings. One of them is this: for almost 6 years I had the distinct privilege of working for and with the "best" there was.

Honest. With all due respect to all my clergy collegues at some great churches in our area . . . Ken Diehm was the best. The total package.

I will miss him.

God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign . . . .

In the attempt to find the perfect song title, I often take pictures of signs when I am traveling, especially when I go into gift and antique shops.

This little sign caught my eye. I think some talented song writer out there could put this to a tune! Add a line about a pick up truck and a mom, and you got a song about hard living blues.

Music and God's grace still amaze me . . . ><>

Daryl Hall singing "Wait for Me" . . .

I have always been drawn to perfomances by musical artists who find themselves in the sweetest of all moments . . . when it is just them with an instrument and an audience.

I am an old Hall and Oates fan . . . and this 1995 "slow" version of "Wait For Me" is just something special.

Music and God's grace still amazes me . . . ><>

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Los Lobos Band . . .

It's an icy, snowy, very cold day . . . and I am home writing Lenten devotionals and re-stringing my Martin 12 string guitar for a TME (Theraputic Music Entertainment) program I am doing at a local nursing home tomorrow.

I had to take a break . . . and thought it would be good to here the Los Lobos Band.

Enjoy! I sure as heck did.