Several years ago it was our family’s turn to say the table grace at the gathering of the Williamson “clan” on Thanksgiving Day in West Virginia. It was no surprise to everyone that Steve had put our table blessing to music. As he played the guitar the four of us began to sing the following song before the meal.
Through the years this short song has been used at mealtimes not only by our family but by many others who have heard the recording of it.
We invite you to use this musical prayer as you give thanks at your table.
God’s blessings to each of you… Steve & Annie
Guest of Honor
As our family gathers round this table
Where this meal has been prepared
Let all our hearts be grateful
As we offer up this prayer
“Our Father in Heaven
For this meal You have given
We want to say thank You
From our hearts
Bless the ones who prepared it
And Lord as we share it
Would You stay with us
And be our Guest of Honor.”
We now have copies in our Book Store of Steve’s newest book…it’s called:
“Down Home Wit & Wisdom…Truth Vittles That’ll Stick to Your Ribs”
Wisdom packed with country flavor, Steve shares 70 terrific quips that reveal essential life truths. From “The bobber won’t bounce if it ain’t in the water” to “Sometimes you have to let your feet do the talkin’ for your heart,” these homespun adages, birthed in the countryside of Tennessee, the hills of West Virginia, and the backwoods near you, provide plenty to chew on, including:
> Greatness isn’t found in perfection, it’s found in recovery!
> True character is who you are when everybody’s looking!
> Friends help sow mischief, but reaping is done alone
Short-and-true stories showcase the down-home wisdom and how it applies to daily life. Clever, insightful, and entertaining, these maxims will make you smile…and think a bit.
Ephesians 4:22 says, You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires…
Whether you have recently given your life to Christ or you made that decision many years ago, we think you’ll appreciate this song that declares… “I don’t wanna go back to the old me!”
(Song written by Steve Chapman & Jeff Pearles / Times & Seasons Music & Jefed Music/BMI…available only as a download)
While I was with my folks in West Virginia my Dad and I were reading and discussing different passages of Scripture. The trail of The Word led us to 1 John 2:28 that says, “And now, dear children, continue in Him, so that when He appears we may be confident and unashamed before Him at His coming.” As we talked about this verse an idea for a new song came. It was written primarily as an encouragement to our children and their families but we want you to hear it, too. Annie does the lead vocal on “When Jesus Appears.” (Available only here at our website)
We’ve had several requests for our song about forgiveness called, “The Key.” This downloadable version is from the 2-CD set, “Family Favorites.” Thanks to all who have inquired about this song and blessings on the listening.
I cannot tell you how I was hurt
But I’ll tell you I’ve had some tears
I cannot tell you who it was
That turned my trust into fears
But I took the pieces of my broken heart
And I built some prison walls
There I’ve held that offender for years
And this is what I thought
“He’ll never know, never know no freedom
As long as I live, I’ll never give, never give him freedom
I’ll never, never give him freedom.”
But then one day the visitor came
To this prison in my heart
He said, “You ought to know the truth about
The one behind the bars…
Yes he’s weak and he’s and weary
He has not smiled in years
And you have been successful
At keeping his eyes filled with tears
But oh how he longs for his freedom
These words are the key
They first came from
‘Father forgive them’
Come let me show you how to use them.”
“Now don’t you know the offender
Is rarely the one in pain
Instead the one who will not forgive
Is the one who wears the chains.”
So I opened up the prison door
I used forgiveness as the key
And when I let that prisoner go
I found that it was me
Oh how sweet is the freedom
And it came on the day
When my heart prayed,
“Father, forgive them
Father, forgive them…
S Chapman/Times & Seasons Music/BMI/1998
On June 23rd Jeff & Sheri Easter will release their 30th recording titled, “Small Town.” On the CD is a song called, “Hallelujah Coming From The Valley” that was written by Steve and his friend, Jeff Pearles.
Sheri said, “This was the first song that I chose for the project. I have been looking for this style of song for years…a song that is earthy, grassy, yet has a message of hope and promise. It reminds me of my roots, soft and acoustic with soaring harmonies and a lyric that lifts!”
We encourage you to pick up a copy of this new CD at www.jeffandsherieaster.com or at your favorite music store. We’ve heard samplings of the song at the Easter’s website and its an awesome sounding recording that we know your very spirit will enjoy!
I went for my every-other-day-four-mile-walk and was so glad I had my camera phone with me. I was so excited to take a picture so others could see what I beheld. I quickly took the shot then put my phone away and just stood there and enjoyed our Creator’s incredible handiwork.
I stayed long enough for the sun to change positions and bring a close to the unique light show then I continued my walk. As I headed deeper into the countryside I thought about what a blessing it is to know who to thank for scenes like the one I was privileged to see.
I can’t even imagine seeing the “sun-tree” (as I refer to it now each time I pass it) and then denying that God is the one who is responsible for the making of it. I’d have to be a fool to believe what I saw was merely a product of cosmic happenstance.
Here’s a song that was born from encounters like this with God’s creative awesomeness.
In 2008 we were feeling like we were near the end of the trail of recording. For that reason we decided to name the CD we did that year, “Finish Well.” When we told folks that it could very well be our last release we would add, “If we ever do another one we’ll call it, “Just Kidding!” We were being facetious, sort of. In reality, we honestly did think we might never release another recording.
However…Steve so enjoys the process of songwriting that he just couldn’t abandon it. As a result, not only has he written many songs since then on his own, he branched out into the yet explored and fruitful world of co-writing. Writers on the co-written songs include Dana Bacon, Lindsey Williams and Joseph Habedank.
We have named this new 16-song CD, You Have My Word. The title song can be heard on this website by clicking here. Fifteen of the songs are newly written and one is a revisit (“Wednesday’s Prayer”). Most of the songs are stories and just a few of the topics covered are: committed love, the treasures of grandchildren, fishing with kids, praying for a lost parent, and the dangers of the internet.
Thanks to our friend and fellow musician, Lindsey Williams, for three of the tracks on the recording (Run, He’s Got A Line, One Day Longer). We included one track created by our multiple Grammy Award winning son/producer in the early years of his career (Wednesday’s Prayer). Steve did the remainder of the tracks in his laptop using the “Garage Band” software and an AKG414 mic.
We hope you’ll enjoy the songs on, “You Have My Word.” (See song list below) You can get the CD at our store (click here) or we will be posting the songs and lyrics for download in the next few weeks at our Bandcamp site. (You can save a little on postage by ordering via mail with a check or money order (13.00) to: S&A Family/ PO Box 337 / Pleasant View, TN 37146)
Thanks so much to those of you who asked to hear the songs again!
Songs on “You Have My Word”: Down to Logan, You Have My Word, Laughter In These Walls, Treasures, Scars of Love, One Day Longer, I Like You Too, Run, Save My Father, Get ’em Ready, Wednesday’s Prayer, One Little Word, Tangled Web, He’s Got A Line, The Friends You Keep, Just Add Water