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Dreamland – Amos Lee
*** ½

I’ve been a fan of Amos Lee’s music since seeing him open for Bob Dylan in 2007. Dreamland is Lee’s eighth album and the follow-up to 2018’s My New Moon. The album sound quality is great, thanks to producer Leggy Langdon. The eleven songs feature Lee’s excellent vocals, and a variety of musical styles, including acoustic ballads, gospel and R&B.
Lee has said “I’ve had a lot of episodes with anxiety in my life and now I feel much more equipped to handle them, partly because my family and friends have always been so supportive of me. Over the course of my life, I’ve come to understand that music is my bridge to other people. I have no idea what the waters are like below that bridge—it might be lava for all I know—but music allows me to float over the whole thing and connect.”

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A Prayer of Longing for Spring and Home

Our Father in Heaven,

On this morning, as we face yet another forecast of bone chilling temperatures, a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow and gusty winds, our hearts long for the freshness and new life of spring. Our hearts are heavy with the prospect of yet another day of grey skies, cold north winds, and trying our best not to slip on the ice as we walk our dogs.

But we know that you are faithful, and that following a long, dark and cold winter, spring will indeed come.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

New life in our gardens is even now poking out of the cold soil. We look forward to seeing colorful bulbs, blooms on the trees in our yards and the freshly planted corn and soybean fields nearby.

Yes, so much better than spring will be our eternal home with your Son in the new Heaven and New Earth. And we are “almost home”:

Almost home, we’re almost home
So press on toward that blessed shore
Oh, praise the Lord, we’re almost home

Matt Boswell, Matt Papa and Lauren Papa

We long for that day when you will make “all things new”:

And he who was seated on the throne said,
“Behold, I am making all things new.”

Revelation 21:5

And so, we pray:
Come, Lord Jesus!

In Jesus’ precious name, Amen