John 11

When Jenni Tweeted that she and Todd were off to see Randall Goodgame in concert last evening I was a little jealous. Later in the evening, Todd posted a photo from the concert on his Facebook Wall. This prompted me to search for one particular song — John 11 — on YouTube. I wan’t sure what I’d find.

[I think this is cool that Goodgame is using YouTube to help people to learn how to play guitar or to play his songs on guitar. The opening comments are about the placement of the capo and the tuning of the guitar. I’m sharing it so you can hear the song if you’re not familiar with it or so you can hear it again. And again.]

John 11 is one of my all-time favorite Goodgame songs. In fact, in August 2007 I blogged one of my most valued playlists from my iTunes Library — one I’ve titled TO REMEMBER — and it included this song from the HYMNAL album.

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Early in the Lenten season — with the smokey reminders of Ash Wednesday lingering in my nostrils — and I’m grateful for a song like this one that reminds me that we are not stuck in the dreary spin cycle of ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Like Lazarus, we have been called by name by Jesus who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, to arise. To walk in the power of the resurrection even while we are still stuck in time and space.

One of the things I’m asking God to do in me anew — something that I actually ask him to do every day (sometimes even every hour) — is to give me the power and courage to throw off the grave clothes and to put on His armor.

Grave clothes stink of more than the smoke from an ashen reminder of our sinful humanity.


One thought on “John 11

  1. Jenni says:

    ahhh love this Ruth. Throw off the Grave Clothes and put on the Armor of the Lord. I am putting together a post right now about Randall and Backdeck Series… Thankful for YOU and how you served many in proclaiming the Gospel during this event. You will never know how much you have touched my life. Love you, friend. xoxo

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