Sunday, December 29, 2019

What Kind of Music Did Abraham Listen To?

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2019

UrMusic.jpgOne of our DVDs in the Footprints of God series is entitled “Abraham, Father of Faith & Works.” We filmed the first chapter it in Iraq — in Ur of Chaldees — which is the home of Abraham, just south of Baghdad (Gen 11:28-31).

Thanks to the Biblical Archaeology Society to which I subscribe, we can now listen to music that Abraham listened to. We included this music in our DVD.

Click here to listen to The Music of Ur, a musical duet featuring a lyre and double pipes such as those found at the ancient city of Ur. Click here to learn more about these instruments and the music from that time period.

Enjoy! And you can hear this kind of music on our Footprints of God DVD. We follow Abraham from Iraq (yeah, we really went there to film :-) to Turkey, to Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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Reflecting on Turning 65 Today

by Steve Ray on December 29, 2019

I used to think someone 50 years old was really old — then I turned 50. If that was really old, what now the I turn 65 today? Inside I still feel mid-30’s but my body keeps reminding me it ain’t so.

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(Picture: Janet and I with baby Cindy in 1978)

Five years ago at 60 years old I laid in bed one night for a long time thinking that at best I had 20 good years left — if I’m lucky. That was a shocking reality and I took inventory of what I had done with my years and decided what I was going to do with my last remaining years.

Now 5 if those 20 have slipped away and in 15 years I’ll be 80! Sobering thought! Milestones years are good times to reflect and to ask God what He wants and To make resolutions.

For me, with my wife and best friend Janet at my side, we’ve resolved it’s to glorify God by his grace and our humble efforts, to pass on the Catholic Faith, to love our family and to let them know we love them, to be generous (because We can’t take it with us), and to work even more toward holiness.

0EB00131-F38E-482A-9EF4-E3CA8FA6E1B2So, my face is set like flint, to use a biblical phrase (Isa. 50:7). At 17 years old I looked up to heaven thru the trees and said, “Jesus, I’m only 17 years old but tonight I’m giving my life completely to you!” Since then He’s never let me down. I renew that promise and commitment again with renewed vigor.

You’re getting older too. I challenge you to do the same.

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