Another of my favorite songs sung by one of my favorite a Capella groups. There is just something so peaceful about the song - a reassurance that now that Christ has come, peace will reign on earth. Now granted, there is no way one can say we have peace on earth, but we can have peace with God because of the life, death, and resurrection of God's Son, Jesus Christ. A song of peace, and a song of faith. All is most definitely well! (Yes, I know this is a Christmas song, but maybe every day is Christmas when we remember what Jesus has done for us...)
There's something about hearing how people have failed and yet deciding that their failures were not final - and to keep trying.
Patience is drawing on underlying forces; it is powerfully positive, though to a natural view it looks just sitting it out. How would I persist against positive eroding forces if I were not drawing on invisible forces? And patience has a positive tonic effect on others; because of the presence of the patient person, they revive and go on, as if he were the gyroscope of the ship providing stable ground. But the patient person himself does not enjoy it. -- Paul Goodman
It's an interesting story. It interested me so much I decided to link it to my blog. It's a tale of a boy who grew up thinking he was stupid and couldn't learn how to read. And throughout his life he found ways to escape his shortcoming - even to the point where he taught school for 17 years.
There are many lessons to be learned from the life of this man: things from believing we are what we believe ourselves to be, to trying to ignore the handicap we have to the point where we try and normalize life by devising ways to escape the ability to respond to the challenge our shortcoming places before us.
It was one of those musical gems that seemed to slip under the radar of pop culture except for those who actually watched the movie and enjoyed it's music and it's message.
Among The Greatest Showman's collection of toe-tapping songs is one that encourages the development of one's dreams regardless of how impossible they may seem. But here's a version of the song, created by Dixie State University and featuring Alex Boye' that puts a little different spin on the anthem. Enjoy!
A beautiful rendition of one of the prettiest songs every composed. The song is a message of hope and encouragement in the most difficult of times. Written by Richard Rogers for the musical "The Sound of Music", it was "...a song of acquiescence—to family, to love, to the small satisfactions of stability—and also of resistance. It was both a symbol and an instrument of the Von Trapps’ fleeing of the Nazis—an embodiment of their belief that the “homeland” was something that could, like a flower that blooms in winter, survive the harshness of fascist rule." (The Atlantic)
Here it is, performed by The Little Singers of Armenia (2013).
from Pearls of Wisdom (Agel and Glanze)
Observation - one of the three important steps in Bible study. It's one that many people neglect, but if one is to understand, one must first see completely before understanding. I have written about my experiences with Dr. Howard Hendricks and his course on Bible Study methods, but I'm finding that observation is a skill that can be constantly improved. I remember a story that Prof. Hendricks once shared with the class about the experience of a student charged with observing a fish to improve his powers of observation. Here's a video version of that story:
A somber tune for a tremendous effort...
In 2017, a group of people formed a choir comprised of individuals whose loved ones have gone missing, or individuals who support the work of the group.
The choir is not only a support group. It is also a public conduit which keeps such tragedies in people's attention in the hope that maybe someone might know something and be able to help these grieving families find closure.
In some respects, we are all lost - we have left our Heavenly Father and wandered off on our own way. Like the prodigal's father (Luke 15:11-32), our Heavenly Father is awaiting our return, ready to welcome us home and forgive us all of our trespasses.
It's an unconventional musical to say the least.
P.T. Barnum. Freaks. Circus. Rich. Poor. Prejudice. Dreams. Happiness. Commitment. The Greatest Showman seems to have a little bit of everything. But most of all it has music -- at times tender, at times powerful. It may not be historically accurate - after all it IS a musical - but it is a good story and it's a good time at the movies. Some hated the movie. I thought it was well done.
"This Is Me" is features Barnum's collection of special people. They attempt to enter a room full of high society snobs during the reception of Barnum's newest "show" - the European opera singer, Jenny Lind. But he prevents them from entering on the pretense they have a show they must get ready for, attempting to cover his embarrassment of their presence during his finest entertainment moment. So he sends away the ones who gained for him his new found success; you can almost taste the disappointment. Societal station trumps friendship - and the angry entertainers leave the theater and march back to their circus proclaiming loudly and proudly that they are not ashamed of who they are.
Have Hope. Though clouds environ round,
And gladness hides her face in scorn,
Put off the shadow from thy brow:
No night but hath its morn.
Have Faith. Where'er thy bark is driven -
The calm's disport, the tempest's mirth -
Know this: God rules the hosts of heaven,
The inhabitants of earth.
Have Love. Not love alone for one,
But man, as man, thy brother call;
And scatter, like a circling sun,
Thy charities on all.
-Frederich von Schiller
I remember learning many years ago that every day has a lesson. It's part of the beauty of being a life-long learner; you always find there is something new to learn about myself or the world around me - IF I take the time to consider, to reflect, to ponder. It's not that hard. Keeping a journal helps. Write it down. If it is part of living, it can be part of a journal.
A message from the chancellor of Dallas Seminary, my alma mater, on the opportunities of growth during times of misfortune.
Let me counsel every true servant of Christ to “examine his own heart” frequently and carefully as to his state before God. This is a practice which is useful at all times: it is especially desirable at the present day. When the great plague of London was at its height people [noticed] the least symptoms that appeared on their bodies in a way that they never remarked them before. A spot here, or a spot there, which in time of health men thought nothing of, received close attention when the plague was decimating families, and striking down one after another! So it ought to be with ourselves, in the times in which we live. We ought to watch our hearts with double watchfulness. We ought to give more time to meditation, self-examination, and reflection. It is a hurrying, bustling age: if we would be kept from falling, we must make time for being frequently alone with God.
J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)