April 4 2021

Why Me Lord

I can recall times in my life when I felt that all was lost. Everyone and everything was against me. The whole world had turned dark and cold. There were times that I couldn’t even feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on my face. Everybody became a stranger to me. Routine things in my everyday life had become a struggle. I had lost my will to live, but I was in too much pain to pull the trigger.

Why me Lord, what have I ever done

When Kris Kristofferson penned the song, “Why Me,” he was in a similar place and having those same feelings as I was back then. Through some of the darkest times in his life, he was able to find hope and the strength to move on.

Why me Lord, what have I ever done

To deserve even one of the pleasure I’ve known

Tell me, Lord, what did I ever do

That was worth lovin’ you for the kindness you’ve shown

By admitting my own powerlessness, and showing just the slightest bit of humility I was able to begin to dig myself out of that fiery pit that I was in. I was raised up to be a Christian. I believed in God. I just felt that my sins had been too great and that I had gone too far down for God to care about me anymore. I was wrong. For I know now that God was with me the whole time. He held my hand even when I wouldn’t let him. He was there in the madness and chaos that my life had become. He was there to pick me up and dust me off, and begin to put those broken pieces of me back together again.

Re-dedicating my life to Christ was one of the best things that I ever did for myself. My entire perception of life changed in only an instant. I was able to see the sunlight, smell the flowers, and once again be happy no matter what was happening outside of myself.

Music historian Bill Malone recalled the story of Kristofferson writing “Why Me.” Malone said that Kris was in an emotionally low place in his life and after attending a church service by the Reverend Jimmie Rogers Snow, he sat down to write the song.

“It was just a personal thing I was going through at the time. I had some kind of experience that I can’t even explain.”

Kris Kristofferson

‘Why Me, Lord’ – as the song is sometimes known – “may seem greatly out of character for Kristofferson, but it can be interpreted as his own personal religious rephrasing of ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down.’ In this case, he is ‘coming down’ not from drugs, but from the whole hedonistic euphoria of the (1960s).”

BILL MALONE

Malone describes the gruff vocal voice of Kris Kristofferson. He considered the voice as “perfect” for the song.  

“he sounds like a man who has lived a lot but is now humbling himself before God.

Bill Malone

Kris Kristofferson has said that he was moved by the Larry Gatlin song, “Help Me (Lord)“. In Johnny Cash’s memoir Man in Black he tells the story that Larry Gatlin singing “Help Me” at the Evangel Temple, is what prompted Kristofferson to write the song.

I am certain that whatever the reason that Kris Kristofferson wrote “Why Me,” it was a good one. The song soon became and still is one of Kristofferson’s best.

Why Me,” reached number one in Billboard Hot Country Singles charts in July 1973. For 19 weeks, the song stayed in the Top 40. The song spent 38 weeks in the Hot 100 this almost tied the record set by Johnny Mathis for his song, “Wonderful! Wonderful!,” which had stayed in the charts for 39 weeks. By the end of 1973, “Why Me,” ranked sixth on Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles.

Try me, Lord, if you think there’s a way

I can try to repay, all I’ve taken from you

Maybe Lord, I can show someone else

What I’ve been through myself, on my way back to you

I am here to tell you, on this glorious Easter day that there is hope. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. You can have eternal life if only you believe, and that you ask Jesus to rest inside of your heart. I am here to say that was the best decision that I ever made.

1 Peter 1:3 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

People, Places, and Circumstances may change, but Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.

If you have not ever received Christ as your savior, or you want or need to re-dedicate your life to him please feel free to say this simple prayer with me today.

Dear Lord,

I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself only. I am sorry, and I repent. I ask you to forgive me.

I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life; I give it to you. From this day forward, help me to live every day for you and in a way that pleases you.

I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

Amen.

Pancho.

April 2 2021

Jesus is the Reason

I am not afraid to share my religious views. I am a Christian and a believer of Jesus Christ. I thought today, during this Holy week and on this day a holiday of remembrance, Good Friday, was a perfect time to share one of my favorite stories of my Lord and Savior Jesus- as told by Willie Nelson.

In February of 1973 a recording session took place in a New York studio provided by Jerry Wexler. Wexler was the vice president of Atlantic Music. He was interested in Willie’s music. This recording session would later become Willie Nelson’s twentieth studio album The Troublemaker.

The country and gospel album was recorded in two days at the Atlantic Records studio in New York City. Besides Willie and his usual backup, the musicians were also joined by Doug Sahm and his band. Atlantic decided that the recorded music was not right for their label. They soon discontinued the entire country music department at Atlantic Records.

In 1975, Nelson signed a contract with Columbia Records. His contract with Columbia gave him complete creative control over his music. After the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger, Columbia published The Troublemaker in 1976.

The title track from The Troublemaker, was written byBruce G. Belland and David Troy Somerville. In its content it describes Jesus as Pilate and many of the Jews and Romans of the day saw him. They did not believe, nor would they accept that Jesus was sent by God to become the savior of us all.

In the Bible in John 19 it reads:

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. 4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” 6 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.” 7 The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.” 8 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, 9 and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10 “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

Continuation in the book of John reads:

15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. 16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus.

In the final verse of the Troublemaker song Willie Sings-

They arrested him last week and found him guilty

And sentenced him to die but that’s no great loss.

Friday they will take him to a place called Calvary

And hang that troublemaker to a cross.

MmmmmmHmm…

The crucifixion of Jesus was planned by our God from the very beginning of time. Without the death of Jesus and his resurrection We would all be damned to a fiery hell. The dark death of that great man became our greatest light. Because of him I am saved and each of us are allowed that opportunity if we only ask Him to come into our hearts and wash our sins away.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Happy Easter, Remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Pancho.