Tonight was the first time in a while that I went out for a walk without an umbrella. We had a beautiful sunset, which was a nice way to wrap things up before classes start. The rest of the day was a balance of meetings, recording lectures and devotionals, and doing other last-minute things to get ready for tomorrow. It was a good way to end break, though. And it was fine to go for a long walk without an umbrella.
The last half of the walk I played some Switchfoot. It’s odd to think that the band is not part of my students’ musical background. Turns out that switched happened three or four years ago. I still play one of their songs, “The Blues,” for class. The other song, that I’ve loved since hearing it at a Donald Miller conference many years ago, is “Restless.” At the time I didn’t know of its roots in the vocabulary of Augustine. Now it’s a song that taps into a couple of different streams of thought and feeling.
Here’s Jon Foreman, the band’s lead singer, doing a live version of the song a few days ago as a kind of encouragement during Our Current Moment.