Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Faith without deeds, is dead"


A lyric from Brook Fraser's 'Albertine'. Sharon and I and some of our closest friends went to see her play at Cafe Du Nord in SF last night. WOW. Amazing! This was the second time Sharon and I had seen her there. An acoustic performance last year....but last night she had a full band with her (well...partial...full...band). She was great! First off, we had about the best seats you could ask for. It's a pretty small place...but if you make dinner reservations, you get a seat! WhooHoo! Side note: I had a veggie burger in light of my wet suit diet. So...because of our seats, we didn't have to continue trading off, massaging each others feet to prevent them from falling asleep. Nice comfortable, good view...good times.

Ok...Brooke. If you aren't familiar with her...well....you really need to be. She is a fantastic songwriter, singer, pretty good looking...the whole deal. :-) I first heard of her when playing one of her songs at church and as I was scanning youtube for more...i found this amazing clip! I watched it about 3 times...fighting back tears...completely sucked in by her song, her message, and the urging that God has given us all to stand for something greater then ourselves. It was exactly what I had been feeling, yet hadn't been able to articulate. The story of the song 'Albertine' is to long for this post, but I encourage you to dig a little and find it. In a nut shell, Brooke made herself available to follow God's leading in her life all the way to Rwanda where she met the survivor of the horrible genocide that occurred there in 1994. That survivor was a young girl named Albertine. At that moment, God compelled her to tell Albertine's story anytime she was on a stage. Brooke is a singer. You may be a plumber, or a banker, or a waitress, or an engineer....but the fact is that even those of us that don't identify ourselves as ministers, or missionaries CAN minister and help others. In fact...God has called us to do that.

So take this inspiration, and move. Don't be satisfied with serving yourself. The reward in caring for others is greater then anything you could ever gain by simply searching after your own comfort. Go! Move! Faith without deeds, is dead...

Take care...

6 comments:

Chelle said...

She really was amazing. So real and so inspiring. It was a great night!

Lauren said...

So will you hook me up with a brooke cd if I promise to buy it on itunes as soon as I get my internet set up (by the end of the month)? She was great, I want to listen to her stuff over and over!

Sharon said...

I agree Brook is awesome. I love how she feels a responsibility for what she puts into peoples ears and hearts.

I really love your last paragraph. Thats where I feel like we as humans, get stuck. We are so inwardly focused and thats just where we tend to stay. Yuck. In focusing on what is real, holy and true we can really grasp what God has for us. The story of Albertine is such a real and raw story of true self-sacrifice and real love.

gena said...

Looked her up. She has a really great sound. I love her style!

Lauren said...

Last night I was reading Matt Rogers' book about experiencing God as good when life isn't, and he was talking about good things arising from bad. It made me think of Albertine's story, and of all the examples I've seen and experienced of good and beautiful things rising from bad and tragic things. God is good even when life isn't.

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