Archives for May 2017

I’ve Never Felt So Close

“I’ve Never Felt So Close” was inspired by the story of a friend’s real life encounter with the comforting words of Psalm 73:28… 

“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”

I have no idea who might be encouraged by this song…I only know that I’m supposed to offer it…not just to tell the story of the one who lived it but for the one who someday will. 

“I’ve Never Felt So Close”

I won’t forget when I got the news

They said they did everything they could do

I’ve never been so alone and so afraid

A flood of fear had come to wash my hopes away


But in that room where my world turned so dark

He came to me and whispered to my heart

“I’m here with you, I heard your cry”

And in that moment I realized


I’ve never felt so close to the Lord

I’ve never known His presence like this before

In my time of greatest need

Like a friend He stood by me

I’ve never felt so close to the Lord


There was a peace I can’t explain

I even heard Him say my name

And with Him so near I knew it very well

The storm had passed before the last raindrop fell




Steve Chapman/Times & Season Music/2017

Jeff Pearles/Jeffed Music

“When I Hear That Train” A Mother’s Day Tribute

An idea for Moms (and Dads, too!)

The sound of a passing train whistle has a wonderful meaning for me. Its a sweet reminder that my Mother promised to use the sound of the train that went through the town where our family lived as her cue to pray for her kids. Thankfully, it roared by twice a day!

If you’re a Mom and if you live close enough to some railroad tracks to hear the sound of a passing train, perhaps the song posted here will inspire you to adopt my Mother’s idea to use it as your reminder to pray for your family. Or, maybe there’s another daily sound in your area that you could use. If you do, you can be sure that your loved ones will deeply appreciate the prayers as we do those of our Mother.

“Concrete Scars”

The video posted here is a “musical moving selfie” filmed along the new Highway 35 being constructed in Mason County, WV. The reason I’m at that specific place is because its within eyesight of the farmland where Annie grew up (and our family so greatly enjoyed visiting for many years). During the second chorus of the song the camera pans right, away from the 4-lane to the land being cleared for completion of the final 14 mile section. The Williamson Farm lies just over the hill beyond the first visible break in the timber. Obviously, the cut through the old home place is deep.

Please know that I’m not protesting road building by any means. I’m a fan of progress, especially when it benefits the masses. Plus, there are around 300 workers who have jobs because of the construction. Instead, I simply hope to remind travelers that while its true your tax dollars helped create the paved convenience and the lovely scenery you enjoy, there are yet others who paid even more than their hard earned money for it.

Thanks for listening, watching and sharing.