Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Will You Walk With Jesus?

Jesus promised, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."  Throughout the Bible Jesus tells us not to be afraid.  He is our refuge and fortress, and He's there to help us when we're in trouble and give us courage.
I wrote the song "Will You Walk With Jesus?" in 2010, and have included the lyrics, as well as an imperfect recording from one of our recent live performances, below.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Shadow of Death

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. (Psalm 23:1-4)
Today has been a sad day for campaign workers and watchers in Iowa.  This morning a van carrying three volunteers and a field director for the Carson campaign hit a patch of ice, flipped on its side, and was hit by another vehicle. 25-year-old volunteer Braden Joplin was killed.  It's heartbreaking to hear of another politically-active young person being so suddenly taken away. May we each live our lives passionately, striving for what we believe till our last breaths.  

Please join in praying for comfort for those left behind, and for safety for campaign workers as we near the Iowa caucus.
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Friday, January 15, 2016

Interview with Christinia Crippes

One person who has met more candidates than I is Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier reporter Christinia Crippes.  I first saw her in September, and since then have ran into her at almost every campaign event I've attended in the Waterloo area.  
Reporter Christinia Crippes and Photographer Matthew Putney of The Courier.
Before the Kasich townhall she interviewed me for this story...and was kind enough to let me interview her as well!  Thanks to my father, Tim Carson, and photographer Matthew Putney for adding a few thoughts.  It's a treat to spend time with knowledgeable people interested in the election.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

***Election Extras***

Now that I've finished my Presidential Candidates series, it's time to tell you the rest of the story! 
I had the honor and privilege of meeting these two lovely ladies at the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center during my candidate-stalking journeys.  The lady on the left is the widow of a brave soldier who gave his life in the Middle East.  The lady on the right is Kelly Sullivan, granddaughter of Al Sullivan, one of the five Sullivan brothers of Waterloo who died together on the USS Juneau when the ship was torpedoed.  

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Presidential Candidates - #16 John Kasich

We returned to the Waterloo Center for the Arts on December 17th to hear John Kasich speak.  Governor Kasich arrived on time, with no fanfare.  Basically someone walked into the room, and after a few moments everyone noticed, "Hey, that's the Governor!" and applauded.  While he was introduced he walked over to the water cooler for a drink.
Kasich's style was surprising.  He was more down-to-earth than most other candidates.  While most candidates create a boundary between themselves and the audience, sometimes even with an actual rope separating the stage, Kasich acted as if his job was to break those boundaries and actually talk with (rather than to) the audience.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

His Love Will Never Fade

Is my smile so sweet
As on the first day I met my Savior?
Is the love so deep,
As on the day that Christ, His hand
Toward me did reach?
Does my face still shine
With the passion He gave
When He my pardon signed?