INVITATION-by Shel Silverstein
If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer . . .
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
that is the definition of community to me. it reminds me of my recreator friends who have gathered in Nashville and Austin the last few years to commune and diffuse great thoughts and ideas. to dream big dreams. they have been my brothers and sisters through great turmoil and minor victories.
i have fond memories of pizza, cigars and amazing beers
heartfelt discussions that often led to tears
singing loud to Gungor as we raised a sound
praying with Ian Cron as communion was found
life long brothers with Louis, Jim and JVo
creating amazing moments with Erik, David and Joe
so as recreate13 kicks off this year
i will miss you my tribe, live with no fear
so the invitation to create was afforded to me for a few years and i am truly thankful for the opportunity to be a part. thanks
i’ve been wanting to go back to Seattle since i went in college. excited about taking Amy and really enjoying the city. exciting. thanks again to Provident, Randy Elrod and re:create10
thanks to Bobby Marchessault for the amazing footage.
go buy this record and go see this band.
i had the honor of meeting a few of my distant mentors. some of the best moments i experienced were in the presence of Ian Cron. I posted some thoughts from his book Chasing Francis last year.
Ian took time to teach us about being present. being essentially where we were instead of distracted and distant. our first meeting was actually at a Super Bowl party where we discussed the influence of Led Zeppelin in modern music and then enjoyed The Who’s half time performance.
the highlight of the week for me had to be the Holy Eucharist that we received on Wednesday morning. amazing art on the table by JVo
what a beautiful liturgy. what wonderful songs. what amazing instruction on what communion should really look like. i wept as i received the bread and wine. it was possibly the most spiritually profound moment in my life other than my own conversion. i give great thanks to God and i’m thankful for the contemplative life of Ian Cron.
God is the One whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.
i got to sit by one of my heroes at dinner.
Randy Elrod has been a distant mentor to me for many years and to finally meet him last night was a huge pleasure. Thanks to my buddy Jim Drake for setting dinner up and taking me.
i’m so excited about the rest of the week.