Long Hair and Old Songs

I grabbed a couple of CDs before I headed to Hobart to visit my mother. On the way down I listened to a mix of worship songs a friend had burned for me as a going away present when we moved from Holdenville. While listening to the songs, I travelled back in time to when Jason and Lynn were in high school, and Nancy and I were running from one event to another. I smiled as I remembered that stage in our lives. I counted my blessings.

On the return trip to Weatherford, I listened to songs sung by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Many years ago someone gifted me with a CD of their greatest hits. I turned the music up loud as I sang along, remembering every word. We went down on the corner, ran through the jungle, watched the bad moon a risen’, and heard things through the grapevine. As I sang along, I was struck by the similarity of the songs. The words changed much more than the rhythm. 

However, in my mind, the music took me back to the days of long hair, big biceps, bigger dreams, and a rapid body metabolism rate. A couple of burgers and a few servings of baked beans and potato salad often preceded several bowls of homemade ice cream. The summers included plenty of work and plenty of fun and little, if any, worry. I sang along with John Fogerty when he declared, “Someday never comes,” but I didn’t worry about it. The same was true for wondering “who will stop the rain?”

Those were wonderful days. I enjoyed American legion baseball and dates with the dentist’s youngest daughter. Even shelling black-eyed peas while watching “Let’s Make A Deal” proved to be a fun activity while waiting between the morning and evening sessions of two-a-day football practice. The songs I listened to that day were more about memories than they were about music.

I am convinced the same is true about the music we sing as we worship. Songs mean much to us because of the way they remind us of God’s faithfulness and goodness during certain stages in life. We delight in various styles of music because they remind us of various stages of our walk with God. This is why we sing new songs and keep the old.

 I have decided to follow Jesus,


FBC Happenings

  • This Sundays Sermon “Have Faith in God” Mark 11:20-25
  • LifeGroup Attendance on September 8 – 760
  • GriefShare – this Sunday, September 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Cry Room
  • 55 & Up Potluck Lunch on Monday, September 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the FH
  • Wednesday Evening Meal at 5:00 p.m. Soft Tacos

1 thought on “Long Hair and Old Songs”

  1. Earl. Thanks for sharing your memories and being so relatable and genuine. You have a beautiful spirit and a soft heart. And a lovely and kind wife and friend in Nancy, I’m blessed to have you as my pastor. (Oh and Creedence was one of my favorites)


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