in the garden

I've been trying to tidy up my backyard garden area.

I've been thinking that life is like a garden. It takes constant tending to make it the place it is supposed to be.

There are lots of directions I could go with this theme. The Bible has some amazing verses about gardens and the things that happen in them. They are wonderful places of understanding, of truth, and of guidance.

But this morning, I found myself listening to the words about being "In the Garden" with my Lord -- and how important it is to spend time listening to His voice.

 


the queen of theatre

DenchI have long loved to watch anything that Dame Judi Dench has performed. It seems she can do it all. Drama, comedy, music, science fiction, mystery, etc.

She is one of two stars of the British series, "As Time Goes By" - about two young lovers who allow the serendipitous misposting of a love letter from Korea to keep them from following their hearts - and many years later find themselves once again courting love the second time around.

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new creation

Spring. The world reborn. How beautiful the world must have been when it was a new creation if the beauty it currently has is so breathtaking...

The birds of the heavens
and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is your name in all the earth.
(Psalm 8:8-9)

Music: Paul Cardall, "New Creation"


his favorite song of all

One of the great American choirs singing one of my favorite songs... Turn it up, and sing it out!

He loves to hear the wind sing
As it whistles through the pines on mountain peaks
He loves to hear the raindrops
As they splash to the ground in a magic melody
He smiles in sweet approval
As the waves crash to the rocks in harmony
Creation joins in unity to sing in majestic symphonies

[Chorus:]
But His favorite song of all
Is the song of the redeemed
When lost sinners now made clean
Lift their voices loud and strong
When those purchased by His blood
Lift to Him a song of love
Nothing more He'd rather hear
Nor so pleasing to His ear
As His favorite song of all

source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/b/brooklyntabernaclechoirlyrics/favoritesongofalllyrics.html

there is a cloud

I call songs like this "meditative community worship".  Lots of repetition mixed with lots of metaphors that create spiritual pictures and remind of a rich spiritual relationship believers have with one another and with God. (The allusion to Elijah and the coming rains of 1 Kings 18 ["...there is a cloud beginning to swell..."] is particularly nice, though I guessing today's young worshipers would not understand  it without a reference or introduction.) These songs are good, but I still think they're on a much different track of the worship genre of music.  I guess this is where I'm old school. Compared to such songs as "What A Friend We Have in Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art", they're lacking depth.  Still, if they are stimulating a new generation to adore the Savior, my prayer is that they will be the stepping stones that bring brothers and sisters in Christ to greater and greener pastures of growth and devotion.

NOTE: This is NOT an endorsement of the ministry of Elevation Church, a mega-church in North Carolina. I listened to the song and found it an interesting work. I would suggest, however, that you research the ministry of Elevation Church with a focused mind on what God's Word says.

 


Remembering the Fallen

December 7, 1941.  Japan attacks Pearl Harbor.

2,403 killed. 1178 wounded.  Eighteen ships were sunk or run aground, including five battleships.

December 7, 2016 - seventy-five years later. The men and women of the Naval Academy Glee Club honor those lost in the attack.

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!
William Whiting (1860)

Eternal Father, grant, we pray,
To all Marines, both night and day,
The courage, honor, strength, and skill
Their land to serve, thy law fulfill;
Be thou the shield forevermore
From every peril to the Corps.
J. E. Seim (1966)

 


the pleiades and orion

While a student at Dallas Theological Seminary, I had the wonderful opportunity to see and hear one of my favorite Christian musical artists in concert - John Michael Talbot. I had enjoyed his music for years and decided I had to go and hear him live. It was a particularly cold and wet December night in Dallas; the first part of the concert was Talbot singing alone on stage with his guitar and the second part of the concert was a performance of his Christmas cantata, Light Eternal with a full symphony and choir . I can still see him in my mind's eye walking onto stage in his monk's tunic and sandals and thinking how cold his feet must be. Just before heading to bed last night I remembered this tune and went looking for it - and found it. Listen and worship.

He who created
The Pleiades and Orion
Turning darkness into
The light of the dawn
And darkens day into the night

Who calls from the waters
Renews the world in the falling rain
And who strides the height of creation
He is the Lord the God of Hosts by name

He formed the mountains
And created the wind
And through His Spirit
Declares His thoughts to men

(REPEAT)

He who created
The Pleiades and Orion
And who strides the height of creation
He is the Lord the God of Hosts by name


For Good

I've not seen the Broadway musical, Wicked, but I have listened to the music. One of my favorite tunes is a duet by the good witch Glinda and the wicked witch Elphabah.  It speaks to how people come into our lives - sometimes for better, sometimes not. Whatever the result, there is always change.

 

 


home, where I belong

As I was driving home from work yesterday evening, this song popped into my mind...  It was sung by B. J. Thomas back in my Bible college days. I have to admit that at the time I thought it was a pretty song, and meaningful, but not very "real".  Now that it's 40 years later, it has much more meaning...

 


fragile

 

If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one
Drying in the color of the evening sun
Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away
But something in our minds will always stay
 
Perhaps this final act was meant
To clinch a lifetime's argument
That nothing comes from violence
and nothing ever could
 
For all those born beneath an angry star
Lest we forget how fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star

On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
On and on the rain will fall
Like tears from a star
Like tears from a star

On and on the rain will say
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
How fragile we are
Songwriters: Gordon Sumner
Fragile lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

 


meditation upon the name


 

There is a name I call in times of trouble
There is a song that comforts in the night
There is a voice that calms the storm that rages
He is Jesus, Jesus

Who walks on the waters
Who speaks to the sea
Who stands in the fire beside me
He roars like a lion
He bled as the lamb
He carries my healing in his hands
Jesus

"Jesus" by Chris Tomlin