Four Years Ago…..

I remember exactly what was going on four years ago on election day.  I was on my way to the nursing home my father was in, because his health was quickly failing.  It was just three days later he gave up his battle with cancer………

I did not vote last time around in the Presidential election.  It was not because I was opposed to voting.  It was not because I was opposed to any candidate.  It was simply the lowest priority for me at the time.  I probably could have gone in, probably should have gone in, on my way to the nursing home.  I just – didn’t care…….

I beg of you, friends, this year, please consider what REALLY matters.  I’m in no way suggesting anyone NOT vote.  I’m asking – begging – you to consider when you do your part, that you did just that.  Your part.  To have peace with that.  To remember how important this is – and what matters more than who ends up in office.

The notion that any one person, put in the position of President, can fix or ruin your life, is pure fantasy.  The reality is no human being can fix your life for you, nor would they want this pressure.  And they likely wouldn’t do it the way you envisioned anyway….. 

The reality is, Jesus already did everything you need, over 2000 years ago.  He made a way for us to be restored, when we hated him.  He gave life to us, when we were dead in our sins.  He’s provided a way for you to have joy – real, eternal joy, that can only be gained through relationship with him.  He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.  The Beginning and the End.  He is the comforter.  He is the lover of your soul.  He numbers the hairs on your head.  He IS the way, the truth, the light.  He IS everything you need, now and always….

The question is, do you want it?

The reality is, what YOU can do for others should always matter more than what one man can do for you.  Everyone knows this famous statement, made by President Kennedy:

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.”

Do we do anything with that?  Do we put others’ needs before our wants? 

The reality is, people in our lives matter more than politics.  Simple as that.  Issues that we are voting on, platforms we are voting on.  Political parties we are passionately associating ourselves with.  If you really are driven politically, or by some cause, wonderful!  Get involved!  Speak out!  All that is good.  I ask you to consider however whether you are putting the cause  before the person.  If you are considering anyone who has different views than you as less than human, I would ask you to seriously consider that you might be putting the cause before the person…..

That is not what was going on for me four years ago.  The people I loved most were in the same boat, rallying around me and my family.  Around my father, as he spent his last days with us.  As we wait for him to pass.  as we prayed, read the bible, cried, laughed, cried some more, slept little, prayed more, cried more….. 

As we mourned his passing……  Juggling mixed emotions – joyful hope, knowing God took are of it and my father is in heaven even now rejoicing and praising the One True God!  that I’ll see him again, all things considered, very soon – mixed with an empty, painful loss, knowing my father won’t be there to answer the phone, telling his dumb jokes that probably only I thought were funny (I tell dumb jokes that only I think are funny too), being a tremendous example, at least to me, of how to be a loving husband who puts the needs of his wife and family before his wants.   

Even now, that matters so much more to me than who’s going to win November 6th….. 

And God willing, I’m going to vote this year!  However on November 7th, the last thing I am going to care about is who won……

CTRL-Z Song Review #8 – “Oh, Sweet Love!”

http://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/track/oh-sweet-love-2

This song is my favorite song on the record.  Hands down.  I love this song!

The idea of this song was floating around in my head as early as 2009, when I wrote “Good Love“.  I had a chorus like “He is love, love, love oh – he is love” originally to that song.  Didn’t seem to fit, so I changed it.  But I always wanted this chorus.  So I kept kicking it around, until God gave me the perfect song for it.

What I love about this song, it encompasses a LOT of what goes on in my life.  My spirit battles my flesh constantly.  Standing on his truth, “fixing my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith”, is the only way I don’t give in to my flesh – my anger, my greed, my jealousy, my lust.  I’m thankful for his grace, his strength, his rest…..

So – this is the last song of the bunch.  I truly hope you like this record.  I’d love to hear from you – whether you have constructive criticism, destructive criticism, or just questions.  Send me a note, I’d love to chat.  And thank you so much for entertaining me as I talked to these new songs.  Enjoy!

Oh, Sweet Love!

In my darkest times
When I feel all alone
It’s on you I fix my eyes
It’s always safe at home

You are love
Love
Oh, sweet love!
Taste and see
Love
Oh, sweet love!

All these endless wars
Between our flesh and blood
What are we fighting for?
When it’s already won
So let’s choose love!

Show them love
Love
Oh, sweet love!
Let them see
Love
Oh, sweet love!
They will know
Love
Oh, sweet love!
Be his love
Love
Oh, sweet love!

I you’re tired and worn
He will give you rest
Just call upon his name
Freedom does exist
So don’t resist!

He is love
Love
Oh, sweet love!
He is love
Love
Oh, sweet love!
By his wounds we are healed
His mercy is revealed!
He is love
Love
Oh, sweet love!

Lord, let your freedom reign
Lord, let your freedom reign
Lord, let your freedom reign
Rain on me
Rain on me now


You can download my new record, CTRL-Z, for FREE!  Find it here:
http://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/album/ctrl-z

God bless you!

T.

CTRL-Z Song Reivew #7 – “I Wanna Marry You”

http://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/track/i-wanna-marry-you

This song is about my wife.  About my desire for my wife.  On so many levels, not just sexual.  I long to be with her.  Near her.  In her presence.  I’m a “quality time” guy, I love spending time together, just she and I.  Doesn’t matter what we are doing – I just love being with her.

I took the lyrics from the Song of Solomon, a book in the bible that talks to marriage quite a bit.  A great piece of poetry, where a young engaged, then married, couple is a metaphor for our relationship with God as the bride of Christ.  Pretty – actually, VERY – cool stuff, if you ask me!

I’m not sure how this song fits in with the “concept album” thing.  That’s ok.  Maybe a side-note?  I guess you could say our marriage to both of us is important, very much a reflection of our faith.  Not perfect – we fall down all the time, both of us.  But strong.  Solid.  And really – not because of either one of us.  Though we have a part to play in this – the real and only reason we are solid is because Jesus Christ is in the center of our marriage.  We’ll go through hard times, sure – we’re sinners, in a fallen world.  But we have Jesus on our side, we put him first, before each other even.  He’s ever faithful, and we have that promise, that he will not leave us or forsake us – or allow us to steer from his plan for us.  I praise God for that, every day.  And so our marriage is a reflection of our own personal walks with Christ.

So – the song is one I love very much.  It’s me “waiving my banner” over my wife.  I’m very proud to be her husband.  This sounds bad – but I love to show her off.  I think she’s the bees knees!  🙂  She is the sweetest, kindest, most compassionate, loving person I know.  She’s pretty darn cute too!  I’m not ashamed to praise her, in private or in public, and I won’t stop doing that.  She deserves it.  This song is just me expressing it.  I want to shout it from the top of a mountain – but I don’t have a mountain.  I just have this guitar and a pen.  Or – a laptop…….

Anyway…..

I love this song.  It’s a song about marriage.  It’s a song for married folks, to celebrate their spouse.  If you don’t do that – if you are enemies, or just roommates.  If your wife is not your best friend, your confidant, your helper, your lover, the apple of your eye – then you should listen to this song.  You should read Song of Solomon.  You should pray for your wife – every day.  And for yourself, that God change you, so that she becomes those things and so much more to you, again.  She once was, if you recall……

I Wanna Marry You

Eyes like doves
Show your face to me
I can’t bear to see….
How I want you
How I love to be near you
Like a lily among thorns are you
My darling, you’re so fair
How I want you
How I long to be near you

I wanna marry you

Lips like scarlet, milk and honey
Dripping down my tongue…
Nothing sweeter
How I long to be with you
Love awaken
Come north wind
And blow your garden down
How I want you
How I long to be with you

I wanna marry you

Under my tree
Find your shade
With my arms around your waist
How I want to waive my banner over you
My sister, my bride
You’re the apple of my eye
How I want you
How I long to be with you

I wanna marry you

You can download my new record, CTRL-Z, for FREE!  Find it here:
http://tedhtunes.bandcamp.com/album/ctrl-z

God bless you!

T.