Christian Creativity: Mikeschair- Let the waters rise

Christianity Today recently posted an article about a newer Christian Band publishing with Curb Records that is going by the name of Mikeschair.  Strange name and have not found an explanation for it. The band just released their first music video Let the Water’s Rise.  The video images in combination with the lyrics to the song are powerful. It really points toward remember God and his faithfulness regardless of what is going on around you. 

They have a MySpace page which can be found at www.mikeschair.com. Mike Grayson, the lead singer, possible owner of the chair, and general band front man his a blog at the My Space page. He posted a comment about the song:

Let the Waters Rise is by far one of our favorite songs on the record.  I am so excited about this song being a single because I feel like its one of the most honest song we have written.  There are going to be times in all of our lives where we don’t understand the situation that God has us in, or we feel like He is no where to be found when we need Him most.  These are the times when our faith is truly tested.  Jesus never promised that our lives down here were going to be perfect, in fact, in John 16 Jesus says “In this world you will have troubles…” In this life we are going to experience death, we are going to experience loneliness, disappointment, and heartache, but Jesus doesn’t leave us there!!  That same verse in John is finished by Jesus saying “but take heart! For I have overcome the world”.  One of the hardest things we are going to have to do as believers is choose to follow even with a raging sea is right in front of us.  Our prayer is that this song encourages you in those times of struggle to “take heart!” and follow God no matter what the situation.

Here is the video he is taking about and drew my attention to this young band and how God may be using them:

Please pray that God continues to work out in their life what it means to worship in spirit and truth and keeps them on the narrow way. At the concerts they apparently have a table letting people donate food or money to various ministries and organizations helping those in need in this world, displaying God’s love in action.  The heart of their actions and desire definitely comes across as displaying genuine response to God’s revealed reality.  Mike Grayson also has a video explaining their commitment to Mike’s table:

The Communication of Dance and Creativity: This Woman’s Work and Everything

One show that I enjoy is So You Think You Can Dance. It is a show that gives a broad spectrum of dance.  Dance is something that is an amazing form of artistic expression that can express things that words cannot.  In the past weeks show there was a particular dance that demonstrated through dance the struggle that goes on for women who have breast cancer.  Take a moment to watch the dance.

This Woman’s Work:

In praying about what to say and how to respond to this video, my mind goes several different directions.  This certainly has triggered thoughts about why suffering exists and the struggles in this world.  Questions exists as to why God heals some people and why others move to the healing of death.  Questions exist about how to reach out to those in the midst of struggle.  Yet, none of that seemed to be an appropriate fit for the power of the message communicated in that dance.  Those things will be addressed further at some point on this blog.  What seemed the best fit was to point to another message communicated in dance or drama. A couple years ago I came across a powerful dance/drama Christian presentation set to the Lifeohuse song Everything. It is a drama/dance performed in churches throughout the country.  It has a powerful message, even if it is not danced with the percision of the So You Think You Can Dance routine about breast cancer.  Take another moment to watch one version of this dance.

Everything:

Both performances are powerful means and show the importance of the use of creative measure to communicate the message.  One performance about the struggle with breast cancer. The other performance the temptations of life and answer found in Jesus.  Words cannot express either fully.  I hope both make you stop and think and ultimately grasp the intended connection that the suffering and the battles in life are also part of “everything.”  God is there in the suffering, turn not to the suffering but to Jesus.  In Jesus there is healing and victory even if your suffering brings the end of this life.