I’ve been a fan of a crazy band called “Five Iron Frenzy” since my early 30’s when we lived in New Mexico.  They’re a SKA band: kind of a punk, hyper sound with brass and lots of zip.  One reason I really like them is because the lead singer sings with such incredible passion – he really belts it out!  Some of their songs are nonsensical and funny but there are a few really poignant ones like the one entitled “It Was Beautiful.”  I think it was written 6 years ago when they were breaking up as a band.  It’s about wrapping up their career, thinking back to those moments when God was especially close while they sang, performed, and traveled together.  If you have a few minutes listen and follow along with the lyrics below.  When I hear it I feel happy and thankful and in awe of our God who truly is the One who makes things sweet, good, and beautiful.

We flew over Alaska;
we saw the frozen mountains pierce the clouds.
It was beautiful.
We felt the waves of New Zealand;
the water shimmered beneath a moonlight shroud.
It was beautiful.
Close to home in an ordinary room we felt You there.
It’s my favorite memory.
You’re so beautiful.

The spring in Appalachia,
with flowers swaying above the fields of green.
It was beautiful.
Driving in New England,
the road littered with bright October leaves.
It was beautiful.
Close to home in an ordinary room we felt You there.
It’s my favorite memory. You’re so beautiful to me.
Thanks for the songs,
these seven friends and eight good years.
It is You that made them sweet, it was beautiful.

Pictures looking back,
just snapshots of the past cannot compare,
to feeling what we felt, through anything that came,
that You were there.

A thousand smiling faces,
backlit and bouncing to the beat.
It was beautiful.
As many soaring voices, forever changed by Your mercy.
It was beautiful.
Far away from all the lights and noise we felt You there.
It’s my favorite memory.
You’re so beautiful to me.
Thanks for the songs,
these seven friends and eight good years.
It is You that made them sweet.
You’re so beautiful to me.

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