DJ for Jesus

I used to dream of being a disc jockey. I have always had such a love affair with music that I figured the perfect job would be choosing and spinning tracks for other people’s enjoyment. During my clubbing days, I would envy the guy or girl who selected the songs that got people moving on the dance floor. That was many years ago and although I’m not playing records to get people dancing, I am being blessed with the opportunity to move people through the medium of music.

music_saves_my_soulWe recently started having a mid-week prayer service at our church – something I suggested and was put in charge of coordinating. Each week, another church member and I put our heads together and come up with a short service that reflects a particular theme (praying for our church, praying for the sick, praising God, etc). She then selects an inspirational story to share with the group and I select two songs.

Since our regular pianist can’t attend on Wednesday evenings, we play professionally recorded tracks over the sound system. Honey graciously “spins the tracks” from the sound booth, which allows me to remain at the front with the group. We have listened to a wide range of musicians – from acappella to southern gospel to soul – a nontraditional mix that allows us to step outside of what we’re used to hearing in the sanctuary.

Choosing the songs for this gathering isn’t always easy. In fact, there have been a few times that I have been terribly stressed as I’ve tried to find a song that properly reflects the subject matter of the service. During those times, I have simply prayed for guidance and sat back in amazement as the perfect tune would practically fall into my lap.

The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. There are weeks when those in attendance are singing along, swaying back and forth in joy, or silently weeping. Young or old, rich or poor, they are living evidence of music’s universal appeal.

So, each week I get to live out a slightly altered version of my dream – one that is much more Jesus-centered and spirit-filled. And I am blessed beyond measure.

Blogbits

DSL – I downgraded my internet connection speed from 1.5mbps to 768kbps, which knocked more than $10/month off my bill. I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that it hasn’t really affected my internet surfing in the least.

Paint/Wallpaper – I despise wallpaper and only think it’s necessary when covering problem walls. I’ve had intentions of ripping down the black and white striped paper in my kitchen for several years, but never actually had the motivation to do it until last Thursday. Now my kitchen walls are a nice, warm beige color that reminds me of the chocolate Frosty at Wendy’s.

Nightmare – I had one of the scariest dreams that I’ve ever had last night. I jolted awake around 2:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep for some time. The dream was so real and so disturbing that it has stuck with me all day.

Liz – I was very happy to have our friend tag along with us to church yesterday morning. We even stayed after the service to watch a wonderful documentary (more on that later).