Why?

candles-genericMy heart and my prayers go out right now to the families of those killed in the shooting massacre in Las Vegas over this past weekend. As I watch the news and listen to all the commentary, I keep hearing people ask, “Why?”

Over the next several days and weeks, there will be all sorts of speculation in the media that will attempt to answer this question. In fact, there are already fingers of blame pointing everywhere in an attempt to understand or even justify the actions of the man that did this. There will be advocates on all sides, stressing the merits or the drawbacks of gun-control laws (even though all the laws in the world wouldn’t have prevented what happened from taking place). 

Through all of the shock and fear that has resulted, and through all of the speculation that will take place, we need to remember one thing: This whole event is the result of EVIL.

It was EVIL that invaded the heart of the man who is responsible. It was EVIL that led this man to acquire the weapons. It was EVIL that hatched the plot inside his head and led him to carefully plan the entire thing. It was the EVIL in this man’s heart that led him to kill (at the time of this writing) 59 people, wound hundreds more, and then take his own life.

PURE EVIL. Nothing more, nothing less.

Pure evil only comes from one place, and that place is NOT Heaven. There is only one being that creates evil just for his own amusement, and that being is NOT God. There is one way that we can fight against this kind of evil, and that way does NOT involve Congress, laws, amendments to the Constitution, or guns.

I ask that you join me now in this fight against evil by joining me in prayer:

Father God,

There are no words that can express the grief that we are feeling right now on behalf of the families that have lost loved ones in this senseless act of evil. Lord, we know that only you can protect us from the evil one, and that only you can direct us in the way we should go. Father, I ask for your blessings upon the families of those who were killed, and for your healing hand upon those who were wounded.

Lord, I also pray for the family of the man who is responsible for this act of violence. I pray that you will comfort them during this time and give them the strength and the faith to trust in you.

I pray right now, Father, for you to be with our nation as we mourn those lost in this tragedy. I pray that this event will be a turning point for us in that we will look to you as a nation for answers, that we will trust in you to lead our country and our leaders. I pray that somehow through this, we will once again become “One Nation Under God.”

Father, once again I ask for your blessings of comfort and strength upon the families of the victims in this tragedy.

Thanks for listening to us. We love you, Lord!

AMEN

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Who We Really Are

“Every man is somebody because he is a child of God.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Slide4_hands-e1443110924679Politics, race, gender, age, nationality, worldview, opinions, etc… blah, blah, BLAH! There are so many things that separate us from each other, and it seems like these days, that’s all anyone ever wants to focus on. Why?

So, I have had enough. Rather than focus on all of our differences, I have decided to focus on something that we all have in common: who we really are.

Several years ago, I wrote a song as a “musical expression of frustration.” I had gotten tired of seeing people focus on what made each other different, especially in the area of race. God created us all different and unique not as a way to divide us, but more as an artist uses various shades, colors, and textures to create something beautiful. We are his works of art!

But, more than that, we are also his children. He has adopted us as his sons and daughters and he’s given us a place at his table. If we would take the time to see each other as God sees us, I think things would be different. EVERY person (even those we disagree with) is special to him!

Enjoy:

 

God’s Children (Lyrics):

Everyone who lives is a child of God.
It doesn’t matter who you are.
He is our Lord. He is our maker.
Yet he is the one who wants us nearer to him.
He takes pride in all we do for him
Though we don’t deserve his love.
He will carry you when you can’t stand on your own.Chorus: We are all God’s children
All Gods pride
We are all God’s children
All Gods pride
We belong to him. He is our Father
And we are his children.

He loves no one over another
He loves us all just the same
He is our Father. He is our God.
Yet he is the one who will love us no matter what we’ve done.
He takes pride in all we do for him
Though we don’t deserve his love
He will carry you when you can’t stand on your own

Chorus

Bridge: He’ll never turn his back on his children
He’ll always be right by your side
When you need him, he will come running
You have nothing to fear, he hears your cries

He takes pride in all we do for him
Though we don’t deserve his love
He will carry you when you can’t stand on your own

Chorus

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The times, they are a-changin’

It’s been over a year since the last time I posted anything on my blog site. Some might think that that’s kind of sad, and I would agree except…

I have been very, VERY busy.

But still, that’s no excuse. There are many of you who subscribed to this blog back when I was pretty active and consistent in my posts, and you folks don’t follow me in any other way (social media, website, email, etc.). To you I say, “Sorry about that! I have let my blogging slide a bit over the past year and I apologize profusely!”

There… now that I’ve got that out of the way, maybe I should let you in on what I’ve been up to for the past year.

First of all, there are the two new albums that I released earlier this year: Sunday Songs and Time & Place. 

As most of you know, I am a vocal musician. I have been writing, producing, recording, and performing acappella music for over 25 years. I started out singing and writing with gospel groups, and as a solo artist I’ve drifted back and forth between Christian and secular subject matter. These two new albums represent both of those aspects of what I do.

Sunday Songs, as the name implies, is a collection of hymns that I grew up singing in church. The album kinda happened by accident, as I just casually recorded these songs for my own enjoyment. We ended up releasing the CD back in January as a fundraiser for my June mission trip to Africa. The CD sold so well that I’m now working on a “Volume 2” to hopefully be released before the end of the year. You can listen to Sunday Songs right now if you like (don’t worry… I’ll wait for you!):

 

Time & Place is my latest album of original material, much of which was written over the past couple of years. In fact, some of the lyrics were posted here on the blog a couple years ago in a series of posts. Give it a listen as well:

 

So, as you can hear, a lot has been going on. Unfortunately, I remembered to keep my social media sites and my main website updated, but neglected this blog. This won’t happen again! In fact, I’m in the process of revamping my main website (ericgwin.com) so I can regularly develop fresh content easily. Part of that redesign involves making this blog site my “Latest News” page on the website. The times, they are a-changin’… but we’re gonna roll with the changes together from now on!

–Eric G.

 

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