Little Slice of Heaven

I first started writing this song in Austin, Texas while attending a friend’s wedding. It was an incredible wedding complete with a dance off during the reception (I think I came in second).

This song pulls in a lot of pieces from all over my life. And while American🇺🇸 Thanksgiving and Canadian🇨🇦 (real) Thanksgiving happen in different months, they are both wonderful celebrations of all that we share. I hope you enjoy this, and if you do, please feel free to share. After all, today is a day for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving

I can still remember grandma’s house at thanksgiving
With all the folks who made our lives worth living
We had Turkey, potatoes, gravy, and dressing
And all dug in soon as grandpa gave the blessing

With our plates piled high and our friends held tight
Our family knew how to do the holidays right
It felt even better as every single second went by
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

And when I met my girl my life got even better
And I thank The Good Lord for the moment that I met her
And when she took me home on that night in November
I knew that it would be a thanksgiving to remember

We arrived to the scene of a new mother and a child
We both looked at them and simultaneously smiled
And I knew that I was blind to a blessing if I
Couldn’t see that
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away
Showing us what life is gonna be like on the day
When we finally see that place where the angels fly
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

And that got me thinking of that thanksgiving day
When we couldn’t go home so we decided to stay
And celebrate the life that we were making together
And went for a walk in the warm fall weather

We could still hear the birds as they sang in the trees
And river laughed with us as it waited for the freeze
And the two of us strolled along and let out a sigh
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

I can almost imagine God looking around
And wondering what his kingdom is doing on the ground
With the grateful sinners and and the people they love
Who decide to take a moment to thank The Lord above

For the food on the table and the clothes on their back
And the people who always keep them on the right track
Even when grace and patience is in short supply
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

It’s been a hard year with a lot of close calls
But a daddy picks his boy up whenever he falls
And I’ve ten tears of joy for every one of sadness I cry
It’s almost like a little slice of heaven snuck away from the sky

Each Other’s Arms Again

Social distancing is hard. But this is how we protect each other. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we can all be together. Until then, we dream of being in each other’s arms again.

Lunch Aid

I can’t speak from experience about going hungry. I’ve never really reflected on that as much as I have over the last few weeks. I am grateful for all the resources that our communities, churches, and schools provide to address this problem, but it feels like we are still failing.

School lunches are provided at a reasonable price, and some students have access to reduced price, or even free lunches. However, there are some who still are unable to cover that cost. And when that happens, they either go hungry, or go into debt.

Lunch Aid is benefit concert to address this problem and raise money to eliminate the lunch debt owed by students in Fargo. When I heard about this benefit, I felt like I needed to know more and find a way to help.

But helping isn’t just throwing money at a problem and hoping that it doesn’t return. Helping means looking at what we can do to support these students in every way possible so they grow up knowing this is a city that has their back. Because these are all our children.

See you all on September 15th, 4-7pm at Sanctuary.

When Our Little Ones Arrive

This Spring, we welcomed another little person into our family. Because our daughter arrived on her due date, my wife and I expected that our son would as well. He didn’t. But even  before he was born, I knew that I would have two weeks at home to adjust to this new big change. 

I am so thankful for family leave but there are many new parents around the country who don’t get nearly enough time. I hope that we can change that and recognize how parental leave is an investment in a better future for all of us.

When Our Little Ones Arrive

Art is at the Heart of Who We Are

I love talking about the writing process. It feels like it starts with the seed of an idea and over time, I get to see it grow into something beautiful that wasn’t there before. That is the essence of art. Seeing something that isn’t there and bringing it into existence. With it, we give a little bit of ourselves, but in the process we get so much more.

The Arts Partnership in Fargo feels like an extrapolation of that very idea. Dedicated people who are devoted to making our community better invest in the arts and artists for everyone’s benefit. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of this organization and be interviewed by the amazing Chelsey Ewen. That interview is available at this link