What Do You See God In ?









As a child I was always told that God was the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end and everything in between. That’s what they said, but I never really saw much evidence of them believing in that. At least not that way I came to see it as I got older. As I continue the journey looking, searching, and occasionally glimpsing peace, I find it in life’s moments. It’s usually the small moments, the ones that I used to maybe smile at but never really thought about seeing God in. A few years ago I wrote the lyrics to this song, and so far it comes closest to how I feel.

GOD IN EVERYTHING
I saw God flying ‘cross the sky
He was a red tail hawk soarin’ high
When he turned into a teardrop
He was fallin’ from my eye
I saw God flyin’ cross the sky
Now and then I really feel the winds blow
That holy spirit stirs my ragged soul
Remindin’ me I’m not alone and
Without pain, I’d have never grown
Now and then I really feel the winds blow
I see God in everything
In a strangers smile and broken dreams
From open arms to fields of green
I see God in everything
He’s that mighty river flowin’
Everywhere my achin’ hearts goin’
Livin’ in the soul of everyman
That’s one thing that I’ve known
He’s that mighty river flowin’
I see God in everything
A black hearse rollin’ n’ angel wings
Wooden crosses to prayer beads
I see God in everything
In a gentle kiss on a moonlit stream
Children’s laughter and when life stings
I see God in everything
I see God in everything
Copyright@Glenn Simmons Music
It’s a conditioning, sometimes an effort. But I feel God in a strangers handshake, in catching an older persons eyes, in watching friends walk together. Sunsets, rain showers, mourning doves,music, and friends. He’s there in it all. Hopefully I can be in the moment more and more, right where God is. I’d like to know where you see God.

PERFECT WORLD



I wrote this song with my friend Milan Miller. I has been received warmly and writers that we greatly admire think highly of it. That’s the finest compliment I can think of. If your interested you can hear a version at this link, and it can be purchased on i tunes, under Jon Bryd’s CD called Bryd’s Auto Parts. I hope you enjoy it!!

In a perfect world
My tongue wouldn’t scar your heart
I’d say all the little things I forgot
And tomorrow wouldn’t hurt
In a perfect world
In a perfect world
I’d have nothing to hide
My troubles would all be cast aside
and I could turn the tide
In a perfect world
But it ain’t that way
A little rain falls somewhere everyday
People walk away from their lives
Even on sunny days
In a perfect world
You’d still be standing at my side
You wouldn’t have to look beyond these eyes
To find your dreams
In a perfect world
But it ain’t that way
A little rain falls somewhere everyday
People walk away from their lives
Even on sunny days
In a perfect world
I’d hold more than your memory
I’d lock the gates behind you and me
We’d find our dreams in a perfect world
Just you and me in a perfect world
Forever we’d be in a perfect world
copyright@Glenn Simmons Music

Men and Mentors

So here I am living in 2009. United States. Nashville Tennessee. The information age as my friends say. Before you the ink of your signature has dried on the credit card receipt, the new gadget you have, something faster, smarter, and cooler has already hit stores somewhere else. We live in a world of externals. How you look, what you drive, your zip code, the car you drive, all of that “stuff”. We don’t tend to look however on the inside.

In a broad sense it makes me wonder what my culture and what I am passing along to my children. More specifically, what do I teach them in regards to being men. Do I encourage them on the path of stuff or the path of spirituality, and not that the inevitable blending isn’t all bad. Do I encourage a job and money or maybe “life’s work”, “a calling”. I’ve seen those folks that seem to be doing just what they were put here for. They make me envious to be honest. It makes me wish I had been led in that direction.
So I don’t have any big answers. No huge definitives for my children. I ask them to search and be free to follow a life that is full. One that keeps them circling in good spaces and asking questions that bring them closer to themselves and their Maker.
They are on their own journeys and will find their mountains and valleys, darkness and light. I hope to give them a glimpse of what it means to be a man. Among the bumps, bruises, and scars, they will see a man of dignity, engaged in his walk. One with faults but is continually striving to grow everyday, and to put his faith and dependence in things that are timeless.

The Spiral


When I first entertained the thought of marking my body in a permanent way with ink I had many thoughts to process through. First I would want something that meant something to me. I love Dolphins, I really do, I just didn’t want one tattooed on my body. No skulls and crossbones or crosses. No pictures of Christ crying or cartoon characters. None of that seemed to make sense for me. Despite the global use of the spiral to promote everything from coffee to underwear, it always had a lure for me.

It was ancient and mystical. It was Native, organic, and held a million meanings thru countless cultures. The spiral, has signified the direction for water. The plane between the physical and the spiritual, the journey of life. The Hopi believed the center of life was where you were born. When life was perfect. I’ve been told the spiral is one of the earliest symbols for human spirituality.
So there it was. The spiral. That’s what I would have tattooed. Oh yeah, next hurdle…where would I have it placed? I’m at an age where physically I’m not as taut as I used to be, if you know what I mean. With grace and mercy I hope to live for many more years and I don’t see a sudden rise in my physical tone. I had to find a place that would age gracefully !! ┬áNo biceps, no legs. I thought of my back but who would see it? So I settled on the inside of my forearm. Small, moderately discreet.
Yes, I had friends and family that just shook their heads, like it was some passing fancy. I guess they think only old wrinkled bikers or ex Navy guys have them. Whatever!!
My spiral has a small twist to it. On the inside of the spiral there is a cross. My way of seeing it is that when you are born you are at the center of the spiral, the closest to God I may ever be. Throughout life I have moved along the path of this spiral, this journey, down many roads. As the journey has continued I find myself on a path moving back to the center, back to God. Back to the Maker. Back to harmony with myself and everything in my world.
The tattoo is a reminder for me everyday to move closer to the center. It is also a reminder that
everyone is at a different place on their journey. I hope for patience as others are patient with me.
Permanent markings can be very en powering just as public professions of faith can be. I’ve you’ve thought about one, don’t let the nay sayers bother you. Enjoy !!

A SIMPLE PRAYER


I wrote this on Easter morning. Without a doubt it is a prayer. A reaching out. A longing to be in a different space, to be the man I’m trying to be. I suppose it’s all part of the journey in finding ones self amidst the wreckage of life. The time when looking for the answers, the real answers takes you inside yourself, inside your ego and that quiet desire for it all to revolve around us. I am many mornings from this being me, but I am aware that I can no longer find peace in the ways of old.

A SIMPLE PRAYER
Give me good ears and an open heart
Make my tongue slow to talk
Maybe then I’ll truly hear
The spirit of you calm my fears
It’s a simple prayer I pray today
I’m not asking to wash my problems away
I just want to feel you in the everyday
It’s a simple prayer I pray today
Make me quick to love
Take my desire for the push n’ shove
Make my touch gentle like the lamb
I don’t want to stay the way I am
It’s a simple prayer I pray today
I’m not asking to wash my problems away
I just want to feel you in the everyday
It’s a simple prayer I pray today
Change will come from deep inside
And the love will shine where I hide
Glenn Simmons
copyright@Glenn Simmons Music