“Luh-ing” God versus “Loving” God: The Great Debate

By Lovanda Brown <> WPRV.NET

                                        Photo Courtesy of Atoast2wealth.com. AT2W: Unveiling Truth deemed this single, “The worst Gospel song of 2015"

Gospel music has certainly evolved since the years of Thomas Dorsey’s pioneering strides to establish this genre. Today the sub-genres of Gospel are appreciated by some and heavily debated by all who carries differing perceptions of what Gospel music should sound like. Throughout time, we’ve watched slavery hymns integrate with stringed and brass instruments to form Gospel Blues. We’ve seen Rosetta Thorpe’s image and approach to Gospel solidify a place for Gospel Rock & Roll in the church, and today we continue to watch the collaboration of trailblazing strides designed to intrigue today’s generation with the emergence of Hip Hop Gospel. Just the same, when anything or anyone attempts to challenge perceptions and traditions which have endured through time, persecution inevitably ensues. The traditions of the church and the image of its members have been through its fair changes just the same. Today, Hip Hop and its many sub-genres have influenced the progression of music released by modern-day Gospel artists. Now, the familiar beats of Hip-Hop’s trap music are making their way into the sound waves of the once familiar melodies of Gospel. The persecution following well established artists like Mary Mary and Kirk Franklin is real.

However, before one can readily argue a particular stance on the matter, one should consider the intent of Gospel music. If the intention of Gospel music is to worship the Almighty God and pay reverence to the incomparable sacrificing of Jesus Christ, who can determine what the should sound like if not God Himself? In 2015, Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell released a song along with a video titled, I LUH GOD. Since then, Campbell has been the subject of scrutiny for the skin-hugging attire she wore throughout the video and the clear “trap beats” used as a platform to create the single. The video has generated nearly 6 million views on Youtube and beneath that number are the 7,000 comments to date which heavily dispute views of both love and distaste for the single. One youtube viewer under the name Mo Mo wrote, “I don’t believe in Hip-Hop gospel, its so disrespectful. I’m aware she’s trying to cater for the youngsters but if you wanna bring them in BRING THEM IN PROPERLY! This is an abomination!” However, another user named Joy Wanakwanyi penned, “Honestly, God is gonna bless this woman. Truth be told most young people don't listen to Christian music because it's a bit boring. Y'all need to chill. She is trying to bless the new generation with Christian music. Unless u want the young generation to continue listening to worldly music and end up killing each other, craving for money (poverty). Coz that's what worldly music does. We need to save young people.”

These arguments, again, all boil down to the perception of Gospel music’s intent. Some feel that traditions shouldn’t be challenged because with change comes corruption. The intention then becomes to avoid compromising the “sanctity” that is traditional church music and in doing so, the members of this generation will understand exactly what God is expecting of His people. On the other side, fans of this music argue that the intention of Gospel is not merely to preach to the choir of those who already know who God is, but intrigue those to seek and honor Him in ways that feels more natural to the members of this generation. What do you all think? Is this representation of Gospel music really an “abomination” or is this actually another progressive movement being challenged due to the deeply embedded perceptions of what gospel music should sound like? Give us your thoughts! Let us come together as members of the body of Christ and lovers of God to hammer this issue out. Remember, united we stand, divided we fall. Whether we deeply “LUH” God, or have been traditionally conditioned to “LOVE” God, the same difference to some is quite debatable to many others. Your thoughts?

The Emergence of Reggae Gospel

By Lovanda Brown

      WPRV.NET Gospel Music

DJ Nicholas, Reggae Gospel artist. Photo courtesy of the Jamaican Observer.

In Jamaica, singing to Gospel music is the same sacred practice of worship many of us consider it to be, however, the church music that blares through the streets of Jamaica has come to mean something more to the natives of the island and to those who were raised in the culture. To understand Reggae Gospel, one must examine just how reggae music and gospel music have forged together to become this contemporary sub-genre. Before doing so, there must be a fundamental breakdown of Reggae’s introduction and evolution over time as a means for one to firmly grasp the idea of Reggae Gospel.

Reggae:

Reggae has come a long way just the same, though its introduction to the world doesn’t date back as far as the emergence of Gospel. Reggae is typically identified with the Jamaican culture, but it stems from a Caribbean genre of music which pre-dates the reggae established today. According to the International Encyclopedia of Social Sciences: “Reggae is a complex Afro-Jamaican twentieth-century musical phenomenon that has profoundly influenced global popular musical culture. As a genre of modern black cultural production, reggae music dates from the 1970s, when it emerged from the musical confluence of ska and rock steady, two forms born in early postcolonial Jamaica.” Before going any further, it is imperative that one understands the meaning behind the concept of “postcolonial Jamaica.” Jamaica was under British rule until August 6, 1962. As explained in volume 1 of “The History of Jamaica or General Survey of the Ancient and Modern State of That Island with Reflections on is Situation, Settlements, Inhabitants, Climate...[etc]” After Christopher Columbus’ “indigenous” discoveries in the late 1400s, Jamaica transitioned from being under Spanish rule to British rule over an extensive period of centuries. However, it wasn’t until the aforementioned date that Jamaica was able to establish its own customs, its own ideas of art and ultimately, its own idea and creation of music:

“As a cultural practice in Jamaican postcolonial society, reggae was closely tied to subaltern representations of slavery, colonialism, history, and Africa. As a consequence, in many instances reggae became a counter-hegemonic practice critiquing the formal Jamaican Creole nationalist project of political independence. Ska was a 1960s musical synthesis that ruptured the Jamaican musical form known as mento, which emerged from the encounter between European colonialism, racial plantation slavery, and the slave African population. Mento adapted and morphed the harmonic structures, instrumentation, and melodies of European musical styles into indigenous sounds. It added other instruments, in particular rhumba scrapers and drums, and wove melodic structures within the sound of the rhumba scraper to produce a unique rhythm to which many rural Jamaicans enjoyed dancing.” (Encyclopedia, 1)

While Jamaican citizens were working hard to assert the nations independence, progressive minds were finding ways to break free from the fast-paced rhythms of Ska music and assert an island-wide genre which included beliefs, ideas for change, and hope toward the new independent future. Of course, it is impossible to consider Reggae without its associated pioneers. Yes, this definitely includes the musical influence of the late, great Bob Marley.

Bob Marley and the Emergence of Spirituality in Reggae

Bob Marley is quite famously known for being an avid member of the Rastafarian movement. The “Rasta” belief system is based on the spiritual and Biblical based affirmations that becomes evident throughout Marley’s peace-making lyrics. In a former discussion of Marley’s influence included within an original assessment titled, “Classic Reggae—Marley Versus Kartel” I extrapolate on Marley’s impact during a highly contentious political era,

“With the help of his band mates, Bob Marley and the Wailers debuted just in time to save the emotional state of the nation they called home. His music inspired peace and evoked spirituality, all while boldly asserting a stance of opposition toward unfair politics and the injustice that was too prevalent to ignore. For some, he was “God sent,” the messenger who was given the responsibility to remind people that all would be well. For most, he became the ideal representation of the voices left scattered. The blended hopes and grievous thoughts of Jamaicans at that time seem to be heard through the lyrics that Marley had cultivated himself. His music, which conveyed the importance of peace (anti-war), spirituality, gaining knowledge of political affairs and understanding oneself, made him and the name he carried one of the most recognized and respected names of the 20th century. His ability to take reggae and transmit the genre into mainstream music is ultimately what lives on, and although his revelations on government affairs didn’t always attract supporters in the political office, the views shred through his music irrefutably shaped the collective memory of politics and warfare of that generation.” (Lovanda Brown, 3)

Throughout this discussion, I examined just how Marley’s music stood evergreen and timeless throughout the years. At the time of Marley’s emergence, there was an island-wide outrage toward the condition of Jamaica, and more specifically, former Prime Minister Michael Manley’s seat in office. This caused rebellion and division amongst Jamaican natives. Marley’s music addressed politics, the power of spiritual faith and the power of love and brotherhood throughout his lyrics. This is evident in his 1973 released song “Get up, Stand Up”. In this song, one should find evidence of Marley’s discussion of both politics and religion:

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!

Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Preacherman, don't tell me, heaven is under the earth.

I know you don't know, what life is really worth.

It's not all that glitters is gold, all the story has never been told.

So now you see the light, eh! Stand up for your rights!

  Marley was both controversial and highly applauded for the assertions made throughout his music. Despite his untimely death, Marley’s music still resonates because of its spiritual power and political authority. Thus began “Reggae conscious music” or music that evokes conscious awareness and provokes thought in areas including both religion and politics as well as theories on life in general. Overtime, more artists emerged with similar ideas. Artists like Jimmy Cliff (The Harder They Come) and Gregory Isaacs introduced their theories just the same, but as decades passed, Reggae continued to evolve and Dancehall reggae was introduced to the world.

   Throughout the U.S., the rise of Gospel blues and Hard Gospel was making its way. While both sub-genres emerged some time apart, Jamaican reggae still took some time to get on board with the collaboration and world-wide introduction of Hard Gospel. In fact, it wasn’t until the late 1970s, when Dancehall Reggae (or reggae designed for the purposes of clubbing/dancing) that Hard Gospel was able to make way. Horace Boyer defined Hard Gospel in his book, “The Golden age of Gospel”. Hard Gospel is ““characterized by straining the voice during periods of spiritual ecstasy for spiritual and dramatic expression, singing at the extremes of range, delivering perpetual text, in some cases repeating words or syllables or developing the text through the employment of wandering couplets or quatrains or stock interjections…” (Boyer, 117). While hard gospel was practiced throughout Jamaican churches, recorded and mass produced evidence of this practice doesn’t truly emerge until the early 2000s. Before then, Psalm books like “Pentecostal Praises” were used and practiced as hard gospel for generations. Reggae Gospel Artists like Marvia Providence and Judith Gayle came onto the scene to bring Jamaican sound and adaptation to gospel songs we know by memory today. In Gayle’s song, “Jesus a mi daddy-o” she practices the characterizations of Hard Gospel while delivering Biblical-referenced lyrics over Afro-Caribbean rhythms and beats:

“I will not SUFFER

I will not beg no bread!

God is my PROVIDER

I will not beg no bread

Him ah mi daddy Ohhhhhh!

Jesus ah mi daddy ohhhhhhhh!”

This song was released in 2005, a time in which the traditions of Gospel were being changed to suit the needs of the modern Christian population. Just two years before this song’s release, Dancehall Reggae artist Elephant Man had begun merging Dancehall Reggae with Gospel songs heard throughout the church. His rendition of “Hear my Cry, Oh Lord” titled “Bun Bad Mind” stands on the same premise of spirituality. While Reggae Gospel artist Marvia Providence’s version of the original song successfully merges the two sub-genres, Elephant Man’s version became so popular, that his song was played throughout Jamaican clubs as well as churches! Both songs are played along the same instruments and same beat, but the lyrics differ in terms of spiritual authority. I’ll compare both lyrics below (including translations when necessary) to assess the difference between the two spiritual songs.

We a bun badmind, but we hypocrites can stay

(Yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind)

So we draw our line (Christian dip) and tell Satan

scubaay

(Yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind)

Kiss di Cross and touch di sky (Christian dip, revival dip)

All badmind ting must stop, we a bun out badmind

(Yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind)

We a bun out badmind (Yuh too badmind, yuh too badmind)

A wedi wedi wedi wedi wedi wedi wedi

(Translation)

We are burning out bad mind, but us hypocrites can stay (where

we are)

(you’re too bad mind, repeat 3x)

So we draw our line and tell Satan to go away

(You’re too bad mind, repeat 3x)

Kiss the cross and touch the sky

All bad mindedness must stop, we are burning out bad mind

We are burning bad mind.

Rebuke dem (Alright) rebuke dem (weh yuh seh)

Dem nuh like we and we nuh like dem (alright)

Rebuke dem (Alright) rebuke dem (everybody)

Dem nuh like we and we nuh like dem

Trample dem )Alright) trample dem (trample dem)

We nuh care if a devil send dem (Weh yuh seh?)

Trample dem (Alright) trample dem

We nuh care if a devil send dem

Everybody God Time (God time) God Time

Mi waan see everybody hold di God Line

God Time, God Time, If yuh a Satan please don't join (don't join)

Praise di Lord (Praise di Lord) praise di Lord (praise di Lord)

Praise di man although time hard (praise di Lord)

Praise di Lord, praise di Lord

Nuh devil worship a caan come inna we heart.

(Translation)

Rebuke them, rebuke them

They don’t like us and we don’t like them (repeat lines 2x)

Trample them, trample them

We don’t care if the devil sent them (repeat lines 2x)

Everybody [it’s] God’s time

I want to see everyone join the God line

God time, God time, if you’re with Satan please don’t join

Praise the Lord (repeat 3x) praise the Man although times are hard

Praise the Lord (repeat 3x)

No devil worship can come in our hearts.

Throughout this song, Elephant Man sheds light on the Jamaican concept of “bad mind” or those who are consumed with ill-thoughts and intentions against us. From the beginning, he makes it clear that those who believe in God should be rebuking the evil spirits associated with bad mind. He uses a common Jamaican phrase to assert his position in the matter: “we hypocrites can stay”. In Jamaica, phrases like “yuh cyaa tan deh” or “yuh cyaa stay” simply means you’re telling someone, “you can continue in your own business or beliefs, you are hereby dismissed from my own thoughts of the matter at hand.” By establishing that those who aren’t regular church-goers like himself but still sing about God as hypocrites, He’s already appealing to the mass by dismissing his ideas projected in the song by those who are too “Holy” to listen. As he continues to ward off evil spirits and rebuke devil-worshipping, one should find that this song’s intent is the same as any other Gospel song—praise God and resist the devil. In Marvia Providence’s Song “Hear my Cry, Oh Lord” she uses Biblical references (Psalm 61) as a means of pleading and praising to God.

Hear my cry, Oh Lord,

Attend unto my prayer.

From the end of the earth,

Will I cry out to Thee.

When my heart is overwhelmed,

Lead me to the Rock,

That is higher than I...

That is higher than I...

For Thou hast been,

A shelter for me.

And a strong tower,

From the enemy.

When my heart is overwhelmed,

Lead me to the Rock,

That is higher than I...

That is higher than I...

Providence employs the same belief system while using Biblical context to support her praise. In both songs, Christian beliefs are evident, Hard Gospel is practiced, and dance-provoking rhythms are used.

Reggae Gospel Today

Today, Reggae Gospel continues to grow as a genre as the limitations of past traditions are constantly being both pushed and tested. Today, secular Dancehall artists like Vybz Kartel and Mavado as well as Conscious artists like Richie Spice and Jah Cure are testing the waters in terms of combining reggae and spiritual assertions just as modern day Gospel Rap artists tend to do. Today, there are artists like DJ Nicholas and Papa San who are determined to demonstrate and establish the merging of the two genres as its own class to reckon with. DJ Nicholas released his album School of Volume in 2011. Throughout his volume, he uses immense Biblical knowledge to create Gospel-worthy lyrics over up-beat rhythms. His songs “Cut it Off” and “Divine Mathematics” explore the Bible from beginning to end while leaving behind authoritative calls-to-action for both Christians and the unsaved:

Cut it Off

` Shout!!!

Out of our Belly shall flow Rivers,

Good to get but blessed are the givers

A what mi basically a tell you say,

Name a God mek demon shivers

So whether family or a visitors,

The God make a Daniel always delivers

So anything a try hold you from God just draw fiyyuh spiritual scissor and do what?

Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut it Off,

anything a try distract you, you fi(to) Cut it Off, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut,Cut a could a internet or cable you fi(to) hold it an shut it Off (x2)

Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut it off,

anything a try distract you, you fi(to) Cut it Off,

Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut, Cut if off

look how long God a tell you put it way so stop from put him off

In Cut it Off, Nicholas is working to impart wisdom on the dangers of being distracted from God, or the over-indulgence/consumption of secular devices. In his song Divine Mathematics, he encourages the “saved and sanctified” to celebrate the gift of salvation.

A little bad mind plus little red eye,

Little thieving plus a little tell lie,

Little sexual sin and obeah **(voodoo) working

And by time you look yuh turn a little hell guy

Sin add so much until sin multiply

And a add to the sky as the time went by

Sin plus sin equals more sin, sin

Plus the blood a Jesus, well that equals to no sin

[Chorus]

If Jesus wash your sins away,

Let me see your hands up in the air,

If you know your saved and sanctified,

        Wave you hands and sayyy

[Divine Mathematics!]

Both songs are tunes one should find easy to dance to. However, if one were to listen to both songs completely, one should find that Nicholas is equipped with the knowledge needed to make his work sacred. He stands as just one representation to a modest but growing populace of the Reggae-Gospel sub-genre. Nonetheless, while the sub-genre is still growing, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes established worldwide as it is to the Christian-dominated population of Jamaica.

Commentary - Marvin Sapp "I Come to the Garden"

Any Christian or Gospel song I hear, is more to me than a set of sounds with words (that may or may not include the name of Jesus, God or Holy Spirit) applied to the melody. The song must have a beginning, middle, and end - most importantly, the song must tell a story. That story must offer hope for hopeless, peace for the troubled, and rest for the weary last but not lease salvation for the lost. In that story, it must also help encourage me to increase my faith; move from fear to faith, from anger to peace, from pain to joy, from bound to being free! A song can also help take me to a place of pure worship; in other words, it can set the "stage" (if you will) to embrace the spirit of God and praise Him with all my heart..

With that said here's my take on Marvin Sapp's song "In the Garden".

".I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses."

  • Have you ever seen a rose or a flower on a summer morning? Imagine looking out your window and the view of a long country road lined with roses early in the am. Just after sun rise and the dew is still on the roses from the cool of the evening meeting the warmth of the sun. How peaceful that picture looks to me in my vision. God is the God of peace, imagine being on the outside of that window, where the sun is shining brightly but not hot, and you begin to pray. As you look around you see the roses and the dew and you imagine to yourself - wow who would have taken the time to create such a beautiful flower and think to create an object that would not only warm that flower, but create a night that would turn into day so that, that same flower could get some water without RAIN. Surely if He took care of a rose and saw to all of its needs surely He will provide for me and you!

"And the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses, He speaks and the sound of His voice, Is so sweet that the birds they hush their singing, and the melody that He sends to me, within my heart is still ringing."

When I pray, and I'm still I can hear the voice of God speak to me. That's right I can hear him. Although His voice is not always like the artists describes, sometimes He just very direct especially when I'm not listening to him - much like a parent. Oh but when I hear that sweet sound of His voice, that would make the birds hush, my soul cries out and I just want to scream from the top of my lungs, Lord forgive me for ALL the wrong I've done, or I can't seem to thank Him enough for all that He's had done and/or for all that He WILL do! That feeling and sound can reverberate in my ears, my eyes (though watching other people get blessed) my heart and my soul sometimes for weeks at a clip.

"..and, and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me that I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry, tarry there, none other has ever, ever known."

As we talk (prayer) shared conversation (I listen) I often hear Him say, don't you worry my child, I have everything under control. When I walk and talk with Him words cannot adequately describe but I'll give it a shot. Think about the worst time in your life, the most painful situation you have been in or may be still going through, think about the husband or wife that abandoned you, that parent that said you would never be anything and they still verbally abuse you, think about all the times you messed up! Now, think about your favorite food, your favorite picture, your most trusted friend and the best time in your life, imagine the not having experience a "good" time yet, life just has been horrible - roll all that up as walk to YOUR garden and now visualize that rose in the morning's sun with the dew. and you get on your knees, and simple say, I am a sinner and I'm sorry - I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead.

".None other has ever, ever known"

Peace and Blessing

Wendy Williamson

Executive Newsletter Editor

Marvin Sapp In The Garden https://youtu.be/7uttIAHmW_8?list=PLE2197412D2ADAE54 M

Spiritual

Any Christian or Gospel song I hear, is more to me than a set of sounds with words (that may or may not include the name of Jesus, God or Holy Spirit) applied to the melody. The song must have a beginning, middle, and end – most importantly, the song must tell a story. That story must offer hope for hopeless, peace for the troubled, and rest for the weary last but not lease salvation for the lost. In that story, it must also help encourage me to increase my faith; move from fear to faith, from anger to peace, from pain to joy, from bound to being free! A song can also help take me to a place of pure worship; in other words, it can set the “stage” (if you will) to embrace the spirit of God and praise Him with all my heart….

With that said here’s my take on Marvin Sapp’s song “In the Garden”.

“…I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…”

– Have you ever seen a rose or a flower on a summer morning? Imagine looking out your window and the view of a long country road lined with roses early in the am. Just after sun rise and the dew is still on the roses from the cool of the evening meeting the warmth of the sun. How peaceful that picture looks to me in my vision. God is the God of peace, imagine being on the outside of that window, where the sun is shining brightly but not hot, and you begin to pray. As you look around you see the roses and the dew and you imagine to yourself – wow who would have taken the time to create such a beautiful flower and think to create an object that would not only warm that flower, but create a night that would turn into day so that, that same flower could get some water without RAIN. Surely if He took care of a rose and saw to all of its needs surely He will provide for me and you!

“And the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses, He speaks and the sound of His voice, Is so sweet that the birds they hush their singing, and the melody that He sends to me, within my heart is still ringing…”

When I pray, and I’m still I can hear the voice of God speak to me. That’s right I can hear him. Although His voice is not always like the artists describes, sometimes He just very direct especially when I’m not listening to him – much like a parent. Oh but when I hear that sweet sound of His voice, that would make the birds hush, my soul cries out and I just want to scream from the top of my lungs, Lord forgive me for ALL the wrong I’ve done, or I can’t seem to thank Him enough for all that He’s had done and/or for all that He WILL do! That feeling and sound can reverberate in my ears, my eyes (though watching other people get blessed) my heart and my soul sometimes for weeks at a clip.

“..and, and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me that I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry, tarry there, none other has ever, ever known…”

As we talk (prayer) shared conversation (I listen) I often hear Him say, don’t you worry my child, I have everything under control. When I walk and talk with Him words cannot adequately describe but I’ll give it a shot. Think about the worst time in your life, the most painful situation you have been in or may be still going through, think about the husband or wife that abandoned you, that parent that said you would never be anything and they still verbally abuse you, think about all the times you messed up! Now, think about your favorite food, your favorite picture, your most trusted friend and the best time in your life, imagine the not having experience a “good” time yet, life just has been horrible – roll all that up as walk to YOUR garden and now visualize that rose in the morning’s sun with the dew… and you get on your knees, and simple say, I am a sinner and I’m sorry – I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead.

“…None other has ever, ever known…”

– His voice will now sound like no other voice you have ever known….

Peace and Blessing

Spiritual

Any Christian or Gospel song I hear, is more to me than a set of sounds with words (that may or may not include the name of Jesus, God or Holy Spirit) applied to the melody. The song must have a beginning, middle, and end – most importantly, the song must tell a story. That story must offer hope for hopeless, peace for the troubled, and rest for the weary last but not lease salvation for the lost. In that story, it must also help encourage me to increase my faith; move from fear to faith, from anger to peace, from pain to joy, from bound to being free! A song can also help take me to a place of pure worship; in other words, it can set the “stage” (if you will) to embrace the spirit of God and praise Him with all my heart….

With that said here’s my take on Marvin Sapp’s song “In the Garden”.

“…I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…”

– Have you ever seen a rose or a flower on a summer morning? Imagine looking out your window and the view of a long country road lined with roses early in the am. Just after sun rise and the dew is still on the roses from the cool of the evening meeting the warmth of the sun. How peaceful that picture looks to me in my vision. God is the God of peace, imagine being on the outside of that window, where the sun is shining brightly but not hot, and you begin to pray. As you look around you see the roses and the dew and you imagine to yourself – wow who would have taken the time to create such a beautiful flower and think to create an object that would not only warm that flower, but create a night that would turn into day so that, that same flower could get some water without RAIN. Surely if He took care of a rose and saw to all of its needs surely He will provide for me and you!

“And the voice I hear falling on my ear, the Son of God discloses, He speaks and the sound of His voice, Is so sweet that the birds they hush their singing, and the melody that He sends to me, within my heart is still ringing…”

When I pray, and I’m still I can hear the voice of God speak to me. That’s right I can hear him. Although His voice is not always like the artists describes, sometimes He just very direct especially when I’m not listening to him – much like a parent. Oh but when I hear that sweet sound of His voice, that would make the birds hush, my soul cries out and I just want to scream from the top of my lungs, Lord forgive me for ALL the wrong I’ve done, or I can’t seem to thank Him enough for all that He’s had done and/or for all that He WILL do! That feeling and sound can reverberate in my ears, my eyes (though watching other people get blessed) my heart and my soul sometimes for weeks at a clip.

“..and, and He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me that I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry, tarry there, none other has ever, ever known…”

As we talk (prayer) shared conversation (I listen) I often hear Him say, don’t you worry my child, I have everything under control. When I walk and talk with Him words cannot adequately describe but I’ll give it a shot. Think about the worst time in your life, the most painful situation you have been in or may be still going through, think about the husband or wife that abandoned you, that parent that said you would never be anything and they still verbally abuse you, think about all the times you messed up! Now, think about your favorite food, your favorite picture, your most trusted friend and the best time in your life, imagine the not having experience a “good” time yet, life just has been horrible – roll all that up as walk to YOUR garden and now visualize that rose in the morning’s sun with the dew… and you get on your knees, and simple say, I am a sinner and I’m sorry – I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead.

“…None other has ever, ever known…”

– His voice will now sound like no other voice you have ever known….

Peace and Blessing

Deitrick Haddon talks artistry, ministry, family & Masterpiece.

Deitrick Haddon talks artistry, ministry, family & Masterpiece.

Deitrick Haddon: With movies, I love to tell stories. I’ve always been a fan of theatre. I love to sit and watch movies.  As it pertains to music, it has no boundaries. Music is definitely a universal language. It can speak to anybody from the suburban kid to the urban kid in the hood, from Brazil to Tokyo. Music is one thing we all can relate to, so that’s what attracts me to music, I love it.  Music tears down the barriers between cultures.