Showing posts from March, 2010


This song has been on my mind a lot as I am facing the stresses that accompany one's final semester of senior year. Enjoy the video; lyrics are below.

You gotta swim, Swim for your life
Swim for the music that saves you
When you're not so sure you'll survive

You gotta swim, swim when it hurts
The whole world is watching
You haven't come this far to fall off the earth

The currents will pull you
Away from your love
Just keep your head above

I found a tidal wave
Begging to tear down the dawn
Memories like bullets
They fired at me from a gun
Cracking the armor yeah
I swim for brighter days
Despite the absence of sun
Choking on salt water
I'm not giving in

You gotta swim
For nights that won't end,
Swim for your families, your lovers your sisters,
And brothers and friends

Yeah, you gotta swim
For wars without cause
Swim for the lost politicians
Who don't see their greed as a flaw

You gotta swim
Swim in the dark
There's no shame in drifting
Feel the…

Image of God and the Power of Touch

There is a therapeutic element to physical contact. Studies have shown that affectionate touch is critical for a child's development in all dimensions - social, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Babies and infants who a deprived of adequate contact and interaction with parents or caregivers are at much higher risk for mental and social impairment later in life. Not only does physical touch lead to proper human development, it can also mean the difference between life and death in premature newborns. Affectionate human contact can instill an amazing resiliency in newborns that would have no chance of pulling through otherwise. Also, touch therapy and therapeutic massage can increase recovery times and lower stress among the elderly and surgery patients. Beyond that, we are a society that appreciates the value of physical contact. Hugging our children and long-time friends -- kissing our spouse and holding their hand -- giving a good firm hand shake to that person we jus…

Bunnies and Candy and Eggs! Oh My!

I just finished reading this disturbing study performed by the Barna Group concerning Americans' view of Easter. It is unsettling how many people don't regard Easter as a religious holiday, and of those who do, many fail to associate the holiday with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Looking at my own past, there has never been an Easter weekend which I remember spending focused on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The Lads to Leaders convention, in which I participated from 2nd to 10th grade, is always on Easter weekend. For eight years I spent the weekend of the resurrection in competition with my fellow believers. Then I came to Harding where the biggest event of the year, Spring Sing, dominates the weekend. So again, I have spent 4 or 5 more years supporting or participating in competition on Easter weekend. During the days my Savior was dead, I was singing and dancing for thousands to see. Spring Sing and Lads to Leaders are not bad in and of themselves. An…