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Lord, I Need You

Peace is more precious than a piece of land.” 
                                               ~ Anwar Sadat
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
    and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
    Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
    Keep me from stupid sins,
    from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
    scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
These are the words in my mouth;
    these are what I chew on and pray.
Accept them when I place them
    on the morning altar,
O God, my Altar-Rock,
    God, Priest-of-My-Altar.
                                                 ~ Psalm 19:11-14
     It is so easy to see the ridiculousness in other people’s problems.  It is easy to argue your case when you absolutely know you’re right.  It is easy to ask others to have an open mind when considering your case, but not so easy otherwise. What’s hard is giving it back to God.
     With land, if a survey is involved, you ask an independent surveyor to come in and find the boundaries agreed upon so long ago in a town or hamlet.  
     With things, having peace with one’s relatives is more important than the things. Even when there is injustice because ultimately, you all have to find peace with the choices you made, or that were made for you and so does the other.
     With politics?  Losing battle.  Nothing can change another person’s heart except God, except time, except age and wisdom, even if (which is nearly impossible) one engages in civil, informed debate which is a dying art.
     With trying to help God?  We never seem to stop trying to advise.  Sometimes, what God asks of you means that all God wants is for you to be willing to do that hard thing.
     With rejection?  It is true that being kicked to the curb hurts, the hard part is loving that person when the clearest thing you can see is there boot sole. Or rather, allowing God to love them through you.
     Oh Lord, help me to place it ALL at your feet, help me to praise you no matter what, and trust your hand, wisdom, judgement. Instead of “Uncle” let us cry “Abba, Father, thy will be done.”
Lord, I Need You – Chris Tomlin
Because of Him,

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You’re a good good Father

“I have spread my dreams under your feet
tread softly, because you tread on my dreams.” 

~ William Butler Yeats, “He wishes for the cloths of heaven,” 1899

 “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing—you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?”
     ~ Luke 11:10-13
     We grow up, watching our parents, choosing the things we don’t like about the way they “parent us” claiming “I will never do that when I am a parent.  And then we become parents.
     We may not do the things we dreaded that our parents did, but somehow we come up with our own special glitch. Some that make our own children say, “When I am a parent, I will never do that.”  We try to step outside of our worst nightmares and do wonderful things for our children, and those are not to be discounted, but we also say things out of fear, hope, anger, dreams we never fulfilled that guide or sting our children.  Then they say, “I’ll never do that when I have kids.”
      The bottom line is: we all make wonderful choices, and awful mistakes.  It is so hard to give ourselves a break, and not focus on the things that hurt, the things that we would do differently.  The one thing that redeems us (my opinion) is that we have trained our children to know and love God, who is the perfect parent, the perfect friend.
     That is a wonderful thing.  When they look up, when they get to know God, God will fill in the gaps that we have missed, remove the splinters (if they allow it) that they have gotten caught on.
     Lord, you’re a good good Father and we thank you for straightening our course, tending our wounds, healing our hearts.
Because of Him,

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Scraps of Wisdom

I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

     ~ Umberto Eco
Isn’t it obvious that conspirators lose out,
    while the thoughtful win love and trust?
~ Proverbs 14:22
     After several years of living on the West Coast, New Hampshire, and a few different residences locally, I moved back into the house that I was raised in.  Yesterday, as I was walking our dog, we got to a bend in the road and all I could see and hear was my dad.  
     When my first marriage crashed, my dad pulled me from the wreckage and literally “walked” me.  We would walk every day when he got home from work.  There was no “point” to our conversation, we just walked and talked.  I will never forget that summer, because somewhere on the road, the healing began.
     “Why are we walking?” I can remember asking.
     “Because it is good for you.”
     My dad grew up in Massachusetts, just over the tracks, two miles from town.  He walked to everything.  He knew the value, the time to think, the chores that he had to get through, including drawing the family’s water from the local Indian well every day. When he began dating my mom, he walked those two miles every time he took her out or walked her home before his own walk home.
     What a fountain of wisdom he was!  He wasn’t trying to teach me a lesson out front, he was just trying to get my endorphins working (even though that was not “a thing” at the time.).  And so it remains.  I loved being on vacation this past week because I got to walk with my husband every day, uninterrupted by routine and obligations.  That was our routine, those were our obligations.  And we learned more about each other. Even when we didn’t say a word.
You’re a Good, Good Father – Chris Tomlin
     Today, consider taking a walk around the block, or at the park, or wherever it is safe for you to walk.  Take note.  Scraps of wisdom are there for the collecting.
Lord, thank you for all those walks with my father, the healing you began through him even then…that continues to this day.  And thank you for all those scraps.
     Because of Him,

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Take My Life

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.

                                         ~John Dewey
 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 1:9
Take My Life – Chris Tomlin
I heard this in a whole new way when I heard Chris Tomlin sing it …as a prayer.  The way I will sing it the next time I have the opportunity.
  1. Take my life and let it be
    Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
    *Take my moments and my days,
    Let them flow in endless praise.
  2. Take my hands and let them move
    At the impulse of Thy love.
    Take my feet and let them be
    Swift and beautiful for Thee.
  3. Take my voice and let me sing,
    Always, only for my King.
    Take my lips and let them be
    Filled with messages from Thee.
  4. Take my silver and my gold,
    Not a mite would I withhold.
    Take my intellect and use
    Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
  5. Take my will and make it Thine,
    It shall be no longer mine.
    Take my heart, it is Thine own,
    It shall be Thy royal throne.
  6. Take my love, my Lord, I pour
    At Thy feet its treasure store.
    Take myself and I will be
  7. Ever only all for thee
Because of Him,

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An Imperial Pint Please!


I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. 
      ~ John Burroughs
18-20 Don’t drink too much wine. That cheapens your life. Drink the Spirit of God, huge draughts of him. Sing hymns instead of drinking songs! Sing songs from your heart to Christ. Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.
       ~ Ephesians 5:19
Can you imagine being able to “belly up” and ask for an Imperial pint of Spirit?  I love the image!  
I did a bit of research and found that this scripture is actually an invitation to join a choir/sing!  Here is what I found when I looked for Christians hymns from bar songs (which I heard several times in my young walk.)

Confusion of Terms

The truth is that the Wesleys and Luther never made such use of saloon songs, nor would they have condoned such use. The misconception stems from confusion over a musical term bar form. In German literature and music of the Middle Ages, “Bar” was a poem consisting of three or more stanzas. Each stanza was divided into two Stollen (section a) and one Abgesang (section b), which yielded a form of AAB. The term “bar form” is commonly used today to refer to any poem or musical composition in this AAB form, or any variation of bar form, such as AABA. A number of Luther’s hymns and tunes used this form, including “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Other chorales (“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”) and hymns (“What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “Come, Christians, Join to Sing,” “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “Rescue the Perishing”) also use bar form. A number of tunes accompanying Wesley texts in the current United Methodist Hymnal also use bar form, including:

  • “Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above,” UMH 96
  • “Thou Hidden Source of Calm Repose,” UMH 153
  • “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” UMH 196
  • “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise,” UMH 312
  • “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” UMH 384
  • “I Want a Principle Within,” UMH 410
  • “See How Great a Flame Aspires,” UMH 541
  • “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine,” UMH 606
  • “O the Depth of Love Divine,” UMH 627
  • “Because Thou Hast Said,” UMH 635
  • “Give Me a Faith Which Can Remove,” UMH 650
  • “Come, Let Us Join Our Friends Above,” UMH 709
  • “Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending,” UMH 718

It is not difficult to understand how the musical term, bar form, also sometimes referred to as bar tune, can become confused in an uninformed person’s mind with barroom tune, drinking song, or some other title to indicate music to accompany the drinking of alcoholic beverages.

http://www.gbod.org/lead-your-church/wesley-music/resource/did-the-wesleys-really-use-drinking-song-tunes-for-their-hymns (My source.)

So, as you looked down this list and you had the urge to sing…you were actually looking at “bar form” hymns.  I say, two pints and right now please.


Come Thy Long Expected Jesus!


Because of Him


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Here I am to Worship


He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains[a] all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,


      ~ Hebrews 1:3




The earth is like a beautiful bride who needs no manmade jewels to heighten her loveliness. 


      ~Kahlil Gibran



We drove for hours, taking note of the landscape, the cacti, the pines.  The kids kept asking, “Where are we going Uncle Ted?” And he said, “You will see, you will see.”  It was a gradual cognizance.  At first we noticed that what was up ahead seemed … unified. Then we noticed a reddish cast over the land. The whole mountain, everything we saw was suddenly a warm red, akin to sepia but much deeper and redder.  The sounds from the back of the car were “It’s red!”, “Wow!” “Why is it like that?”  


The closer we got, the more beautiful it appeared, stark, unadorned hills and mountains just bathed in this breath taking red.  We got into Sedona, Arizona and the stone had been utilized to build, to mentor color, to inspire.  There was a holiness about the place, an energy that made me want to take my shoes off, (although I heard no voice coming from the bush!)  The largeness of the landscape was overwhelming, altogether lovely.  


There was nothing I saw that equaled the rawness of the landscape, no gift shop, no restaurant, to personal encounter.  My uncle then took us up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and I wondered, “Why did someone need to build a church, when creation was so awe inspiring?”  I think now that the chapel was there to contain us, to help us to focus, get out of the sun and simply have a protected spot in which to worship.


Today, those of you who cannot get to Sedona, pick a spot in your yard, gaze into the face of an emerging flower, the bud of a tree, and simply think, if only for a moment of the joy, the beauty, the majesty of our Creator.


Because of Him,




Chris Tomlin, Here I am to Worship



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The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause.

      ~ Baltasar Gracian
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.
     ~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
I found this video while looking for music that dealt with envy.  What I found was that envy is just another weapon of the enemy.  to watch the way Jesus encourages the young man on his knees was encouraging.  Jesus helped the young man dress himself in the whole armour.  The devil was defeated.
I keep hearkening back to a time when I was jealous of another musician.  My pastor at the time told me to pray, “Bless ’em more, Lord. Bless ’em more.”  Every time I saw that young woman, I felt a pang of jealousy and then the prayer began.  Pretty soon, the jealousy was gone and I could truly be thankful for and then learn from the talented musician.
This is the second time this month (so far) that I have felt encouraged to “dress properly” before going out into the fray, or into it.  Today, as you prepare to face the storm (literally or figuratively.)  Let your soul awake to the love of Jesus Christ.  Lift that person or situation to the Lord.  Let Him wake you.
 Because of Him,
(Lyrics- Because it is all about the text.)
Awakening by Chris Tomlin.
In our hearts, Lord, in this nation
Holy Spirit, we desire
AwakeningFor You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in meIn Your presence, in Your power
For this moment, for this hour

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

For You and You alone
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
For the world You love
Your will be done, let Your will be done in me

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my

Like the rising sun that shines
From the darkness comes a light
I hear Your voice and this is my

Like the rising sun that shines
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
From the darkness comes a light
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing

Like the rising sun that shines
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing
Only You can raise a life
Awake my soul, awake my soul and sing

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