Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Quick One Before Class...

So last night here at Greenville College, Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, came to speak to us about what they do. I had heard about TWLOHA about a year ago when I was looking through some Switchfoot pictures and saw he had on one of their shirts. It is such an incredible organization, and you should definitely check them out. www.twloha.com

One thing that struck me last night was when Jamie was telling a story about a young man who had a stroke at the age of 9. The man, now 25, was having a conversation with Jamie, and Jamie started to break down into tears thinking about how such a great and loving God could do this to such an innocent guy. The guy, Elijah I believe was his name, told him, (I'm paraphrasing, cause I don't remember exactly what he said...) "Dude, I have been in a wheelchair for a long time. And I don't know if I'll ever get out of one. But I know that when we get to heaven, I won't be in a wheelchair any longer. When we get up there, you and me are gonna go running." That really struck me, having a brother who is also mentally disabled. There were many, many times when I wondered to myself "Why God? Why me? Why him? It's so unfair." But when I heard Jamie tell that story, it finally hit me. In the end, it'll be worth it all. Although I get to see my brother fairly often, the day will come when I will see Michael up in heaven, just as normal as the rest of us. What a day that'll be...

1:16 pm

The Classic Crime
Album - The Silver Cord

Sunday, October 26, 2008

To start off this blogging expedition...

Hello all who decide to read this. I'll start out with a bit of personal information about myself:

My name is Matthew Ryan Moore, and I'm currently a freshman at Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois. I grew up in a county with no stop lights, no fast food, and graduated with 63 other students.

My passion is music. I love listening to it, playing it, and writing it. This blog will more than likely revolve around music for the most part. In fact, I will add what song I am listening to when I end every blog, just for your delight.

As you will come to find, my favorite band is Switchfoot. Their lyrics, their music, their love for helping others, it's incredible. One of my favorite songs by them is called The Economy of Mercy. It is one of their older songs, one they wrote prior to their mainstream fame of The Beautiful Letdown. The chorus goes something like this:

In the economy of mercy
I am a poor and broken man
In the currency of grace
Is where my song begins
In the colors of your goodness
And the scars that mark your skin
In the currency of grace
Is where my song begins

Isn't that incredible to think about? When it come to mercy, we are poor, and sure as heck don't deserve it. But because of God's "currency of grace" that he gives so freely, we are freed and "our song begins."

Anyway, that's all I have for now. I'll do my best to keep up with this.

10:05 pm

In The Valley Of The Dying Sun
House of Heroes
Album - The End is Not The End