Carry On MY Wayward Son

Special note: in the above video, Kerry Livgren, the original lyricist for the song makes an appearance. Kerry was the lead guitarist for the band Kansas. He also wrote the lyrics to many of their songs. Although always on a spiritual journey, looking for more in life, it wasn’t until he was on tour and frustrated with this spiritual search. He describes his frustrations  in his biography (Seeds Of Change -i may put link here) and said that one night while in his motel room he called out and basically said,

“God, whoever,  whatever, you are, help me and let me know your there.” 

That is all it took, inviting God in and accepting an invitation God has been giving since the creation of mankind and still gives today.

God got a hold of Kerry. Kerry searched all different paths, gave several religions a try, however it wasn’t until he developed a relationship with the creator of the universe that he began to change from the inside out.

Without giving away the awesome details he mentions in his book, “Seeds Of Change” (audio album), God began to reveal Himself to Kerry Livgren, step by step, slowly but surely.

If He hasn’t yet, may you allow Him to do the same thing for you.

THE END…of is it?

:::for those still in the Theater or still on the stage:::

:::Let the music play on:::

   …Play above music while reading on…..   
     Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God.
         Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.
I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present.
        There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
          It’s not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God.
        He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does!
          So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings  so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of:  bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.     ~Philippians 1:3-11
Enough said.
Paul wrote that from a prison cell to his friends.
I share it here, free from my cell of self-righteousness and sin,
hang ups that weighed me down for so long.
I still have some limitations. MY earth suit is physically malfunctioning and you will notice an occasional plank in my eye that sheds tiny splinters that may affect those closest to me.

For this i am truly sorry

but may what i share ,

even where and

   if   when i fall short, may that inspire you, others, anyone to grow some ballistic courage and may Jesus Christ shine even in my

pain, shortcomings  and weakness.
After all, we are all just
dust in the wind.
“Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
and that most of the brethren, trusting in the Lord because of my imprisonment, have far more courage to speak the word of God without fear.
Not only that, but most of the Christians here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, speaking out fearlessly about God, about the Messiah.  ~Philippian 1:14
Click here and let where that takes “you click with all you already know”.

HIS mode of transportation/instrument,


For music Kerry did after he got saved and was able to get out of his contract with the band “Kansas” see comment section below.

4 thoughts on “Carry On MY Wayward Son

  1. Here is a playlist of songs from the Album “Seeds Of Change”

    Kerry Livgren explains in his autobiography “SEEDS OF CHANGE” (the book not the album) that His conversion to Christianity came while still in a binding contract with the band “Kansas”. He felt God’s tug and the Holy Spirit now living in His life. From the time Kerry accepted the God’s invitation to become God’s Obedient Child he began to write lyrics that reflected what was happening inside his soul. This didn’t always sit well with the lead singer but Kerry had to express himself through his music because there was no denying that he was now an instrument for The Lord.

    When finally free from the band’s contract he formed a band called “A.D.” (yes, representing year of our Lord and no longing living B.C.)

    If you like Kansas style and music you’ll love this and Kerry even convince Rodney James “Dio” to sing the 2nd track in the playlist above (the song “Mask of The Great Deceiver”) There is room for everyone to become an instrument used by God and how wonderful it is when we realize God is truly Sovereign and uses everything from a donkey to a dream . HE hardened Pharaoh’s heart, He used a prostitute (more than one) and He allowed Joseph’s bros to accomplish great things. (His brothers mean it for evil but God turned it to good, the Romans 8:28 seen even in the old testament).

    Here is a playlist of AD:

    I encourage you to let this play in an open window while you go surfing (the net).

    Please let me know how God speaks to you, what mode of transportation God has use or is using to reach you, i am constantly amazed and love to hear other’s stories of how their greatest test turned into testimonies.


  2. The Video used in the post above features one of the lead singer(John Elefante) Kansas had over the years and John Elefante has gone on to do may Christian projects also. Dave Hope (former bass player with Kansas) also came to the Lord at some point. The video in post also has John Schlitt (last singer for the band Petra and who was also with the secular band “Flat As A Pancake” before Petra) John Schlitt took Greg X. Voltz place when Greg left Petra.

    What a blessing when i performed with the band “Fresh Fire” before a solo performance Greg X. Voltz did at a retreat held at Camp Keystone. I met John Schlitt when my sister {Pauline Bailey Kerr} was the youth director for The Salvation Army in Clearwater Florida and John had lunch with us. The original drummer for Petra (Louie Weaver) came to my Church down in Venice Florida, played my drum set, shared his story and a great meal with me and my family there.

    I praise God for every opportunity and it is perhaps only after you meet people with such great talent that you realize, although a type of celebrate, they too are people.

    God STILL uses ordinary people.

    May HE use me too.


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