Peace on Earth! Peace on Earth!

I am taking a break from a full-on Advent Calendar blog tonite. It’s been a long day with a late (though great) meeting this evening. God is at work in my community of faith, and it is a beautiful thing to see.

So tonight I want to share a video of one of my favorite Christmas songs. This is the band Casting Crowns, singing their version of “I heard the bells on Christmas Day.” I love the way the have re-envisioned this old carol. I love the message that surrounds the song in this clip. This is exactly how I feel in my journey of faith.

So watch and enjoy (it is a little long, but worth every second!). And may you find Peace on Earth this Christmas season.

Light for the Lost Boy…

My favorite singer/songewriter is a fellow preacher’s-kid by the name of Andrew Peterson. His songs about faith with their insightful lyrics, soft acoustic style and passion for Jesus, have informed my faith for the past decade.

I have never met the man, but I think of him as a friend. One who has chided and goaded and lead me to a deeper understanding of my faith and of the human condition in general. He has made me laugh, brought a tear to my eye, and sung what I wanted to say better than I could say it.

So I am excitedly looking forward to the release of his new studio album, Light for the Lost Boy, at the end of August. I was delighted to sign into FaceBook this morning and find that his record company has allowed him to share the cover art for the new album.

The art is by Katie Moore who has done album artwork for Ingrid Michaelson and Starfield, among others. I find the art for Andrew’s new album haunting and beautiful:


I want to go on that walk with that lost boy and his lantern. I want to breathe deep and take in the woods that surround us, feeling secure by the light of the lantern.

Most of all, I want to hear the songs that inspired this cover. August 28th cannot come fast enough.