Saturday, March 17, 2012

Silver and Gold

"Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other's gold" was a song we sang at girl scout camp. Today, I got together with someone who I have known since I was twelve years old. We hadn't seen one another for probably ten years so we decided to meet up at her mom's.

We had a lovely time reminiscing and catching up. Years ago, I introduced her to the musical artist Dan Fogelberg (you might remember his songs Longer and Leader of the Band). We attended two of his concerts in the past. Today we commiserated his death a few years ago.

When I came home, I decided to work off some of my dessert on the treadmill whist listening to, and singing along with, one of Dan's albums, Twin Sons of Different Mothers, which he recorded with a flutist by the name of Tim Weisberg (The Power of Gold is one of my favorite songs on this album). Oh, how I enjoyed that album!

I decided to listen to more and saw an album by Christian artist, Michael Card (this, Joseph's Song, can bring tears to my eyes. I started listening to him when I needed an alternative to secular music and he reminded me of Dan. Wow! I was lifted up with that album. I almost fell off the treadmill because my eyes were closed and my hands were lifted!

As I explained to my friend, I find that the old, secular music tends to remind me of things from the past that I don't want to remember. There is one song that can send me into a panic attack because the memories are so vivid and hurtful that I stay away from the oldies stations.

Whatever we put into our minds, whether reading or tv or movies, stays there forever. Memories can flitter across our minds in a nanosecond and set us up for pain or happiness.

It has taken me too many years to learn this lesson. I need to weed out those shows and books and movies that are just not silver or gold.

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  1. Your so right in almost everything that you have written. What a lovely afternoon, with wondeful memories. I still hear a song or see a star and my brother is still walking with me . Sometimes thats a good thing and then sometimes its too much and that is just a small part of silver and gold. You have blessed me.

  2. I know exactly what you mean about weeding out secular things that take up too much room in our life. I have found a lovely young Christian artist that my girls love listening too. Her name is Jaime Grace and I love her message.

  3. hey G, I've "weeded"out lots of things in my life too...including throwing away old novels and gifts. By the way, I had to smile when I imagined you on the threadmill with your hands lifted....and almost falling off. haha...

  4. LOVE Dan Fogelberg! I grew up outside of Peoria and was in High School when Leader of the Band came out, about his dad who was a local band leader (albeit years earlier.) I got to see Dan in concert in his hometown in the mid-80's - a highlight. I can still sing so many of his songs from memory. Some bring back good memories; some not so good, as you mentioned. What we put into our heart and mind make a lasting impression. Sometimes my kids don't understand when I say we won't watch a tv show because it promotes lifestyles contrary to the Bible, but in the long run I want them to have God's view and not the world's! Great post!