Tuesday, July 10, 2007

WHO DOES GOD TALK TO?

Sam Smith

Although it may be because I don't really believe in him, but I can say with certainty that God has never stopped his majestic efforts to talk with me. Further, even among the more religious I know, I can't recall any describing an instance in which God actually conversed with them. These people have ranged from the merely decent to the near saintly. They have prayed to God, thought about God, kept God in their hearts, but, so far as I know, God has never left a message for them on their cell phone.

Which leads me to wonder why, of all people, God talks so regularly to the likes of George Bush and Senator David Vitter who recently said of his dealings with an escort service, "Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling. Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there - with God and them."

Of course there is always the possibility that people like Bush and Vitter are lying or just deluded, but I would appreciate some theological help on this matter. If I am to be saved, I first need to know the politics of who's saving me and right now it doesn't look very hopeful.

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Your editor has been a musician for many decades. He started the first band his Quaker school ever had and played drums with bands up until 1980 when he switched to stride piano. He had his own band until the mid-1990s and has played with the New Sunshine Jazz Band, Hill City Jazz Band, Not So Modern Jazz Band and the Phoenix Jazz Band.

NOTES ON THE MUSIC

Here are a few tracks:

SAM SMITH'S DECOLAND BAND

'SHINE' 

JELLY ROLL

PHOENIX JAZZ BAND

APEX BLUES   Sam playing with the Phoenix Jazz Band at the Central Ohio Jazz festival in 1990. Joining the band is George James on sax. James, then 84, had been a member of the Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller orchestras and hadappeared on some 60 records. More notes on James

WISER MAN  Sam piano & vocal

OH MAMA  Sam piano & vocal