"The Parting Glass" Reading my son's poem the other day brought back memories of my grandpa Murphy. Many years have passed since he left this world to be at the feet of his sweet Savior; where I'm sure he is telling stories followed by his booming laugh, rambling off Irish poems, and singing Irish traditionals to whomever will listen.

One of my favorites he sang to me was "The Parting Glass." He'd tell me that two things were certain in this life, death and taxes, and that he would figure out a way to not pay taxes...

"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age." - James Joyce

My grandpa Murphy would also tell me that nothing is more important in this life than good company, good friends, love for the family, and above all good Irish whisky.

He had a way with words.

Maybe it's fitting that my son is named after him (Thomas Joseph Murphy - Puentes).

Grandpa, I will always be forever grateful for your influence in my life, and I can't wait to hear your booming laugh and your many stories again.

"The Parting Glass"

Oh all the money that e'er I spent I spent it in good company And all the harm that e'er I've done Alas, it was to none but me And all the harm that e'er I've done Alas, it was to none but me And all I've done for want of wit To memory now I can't recall So fill to me the parting glass Good night and joy be with you all

Oh all the comrades that e'er I've had Are sorry for my going away And all the sweethearts that e'er I've had Would wish me one more day to stay But since it falls unto my lot That I should rise and you should not I'll gently rise and I'll softly call Good night and joy be with you all

*Please note that this video is A short film for Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, created by Opperman Weiss. | By posting this video on my blog, it is not my intention to endorse the drinking of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey or Opperman Weiss Agency

Water-cooler Tuesday… Oceans (Live) | Hillsong United

Hillsong United, Oceans - Live from Colour Conference Sydney, 2013

This is the song that has a grip on my soul right now. I am so blessed and encouraged by this song.

*Water-cooler Tuesday is intended to give you a little something to chuckle about during your water-cooler break or even if it’s not your break time*

How I see worship

cross-66700_640I want to talk about worship for a little bit...

I must admit I am not the most qualified voice on the topic of worship when it comes to worship services. I am not a worship pastor, I don't help plan worship services anymore, and I really don't like music all that much - HUH! surprised disbelief from my readers... But I am a worshiper of God...

I guess this brings me to my point. For me worship isn't necessarily about singing or musical instruments, or one hour on Sundays, or even about sermons. I have found that some of the most worshipful moments I have had were the times when I was sitting in silence, or having coffee with friends, or eating dinner with my family. Don't get me wrong I throughly enjoy worship songs and I am not advocating the abolishment of music in worship services. What I am saying is that true worship isn't about the actions of worshipping, but the state of the heart. I recently saw this quote posted by Timothy Keller on Twitter: "Worship is treasuring God." I feel this statement captures just that, the state of the heart. I believe worship should encompass every area of a person's life, not just their voice or ears.

My friend Devan Bumstead said it best this way...

"In short, we believe worship is a communal lifestyle of sacrificial obedience based on a grounded relationship with the triune God. Meet and respond. But perhaps what’s most important about this little definition is just as much what it doesn’t say as what it does. We don’t use titles around here like, “Worship Service,” “Worship Pastor,” or “Worship Songs” because we believe that kind of language limits worship to a particular time, place, person, and activity. Biblical worship is beyond that—it encompasses every area of one’s life, not just the time they offer for an hour a week on Sunday mornings. This is why we’ve chosen to call our gathering time a “Celebration Service” and refer to our time of singing as “praise”, which should be appropriately viewed as a subcategory of worship, not to encompass the whole spectrum..."

To read Devan's whole blog post on worship, check it out here.

C. S. Lewis ‏said, "Praise is the mode of love which always has some element of joy in it." When Jesus told the woman at the well that there was a time when true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, I believe he was revealing to her that there was coming a time when it would be a joy to worship God and not a chore (John 4:23).

Does worshipping God bring joy to your heart or is it a chore that needs to get done? Do you treasure God when you worship Him?