Sunday, August 24, 2008

Shadows of the real thing

"The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshippers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited."

--C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Sneezing panda - cute!

Goodness and mercy

"Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."

--Ps. 23:6

Vivo Per Lei by Andrea Bocelli & Hayley Westenra

Not disappointed

"My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Why are You so far from saving me,
so far from the words of my groaning?

O my God, I cry out by day, but You do not answer,
by night, and am not silent.

Yet You are enthroned as the Holy One;
You are the praise of Israel.

In You our fathers put their trust;
they trusted and You delivered them.

They cried to You and were saved;
in You they trusted and were not disappointed."

--Ps. 22:1-5

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Only Hope

Desires and requests

"May He give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.

We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests."

--Ps. 20:4-5

Carpe diem

"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer."

--Ps. 19:14

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Never forsaken

"Those who know your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You."

--Ps. 9:10

Friday, August 15, 2008

Come, Come Ye Saints by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
'Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell—
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
'Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell—
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the Saints will be blessed.
We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell—
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell—
All is well! All is well!

Happy day! All is well!
All is well.

Gigue from French suite No.5 by Bach on harpsicord

A safe, faithful friend

“Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts or measure words, but to pour them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”

--George Eliot

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

He injures but He also heals

"Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty. For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal."

--Job 5:17-18

God's Sovereign, Yet Unseen Intervention

(I studied Hebrew under Dr. Gordon Johnston at Lancaster Bible College. He's now at Dallas Theological Seminary, and is a fantastic teacher.)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Lord's permission

"The Lord may not definitely have planned that this should overtake me, but He has most certainly permitted it. Therefore though it were an attack of an enemy, by the time it reaches me, it has the Lord's permission and therefore all is well. He will make it work together with all life's experiences for good."

--C. H. Welch

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Doubting Thomas by Nickel Creek

How God blesses

"It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply."

--A.W. Tozer

Raining at Sunset by Chris Thile & Bryan Sutton

Earthly Perfect Harmony

"Lately it seems, that all our dreams
Have slipped right through our hands
And I've become both doubt and also doubter
It's hard to ask
If love has passed us by
Or if it's simply gone to sleep
To slumber till our hearts decide to wake it

Or could it be that we forgot
The Source of our special love
Turned our backs upon
The One who made it burn and glow.

If we choose
Not to lose the light
That made us shine in each others eyes
If we decide that life alone's no life at all
Then we must see
That love can be
The earthly perfect harmony
The Lord composed for children of His own to sing

But I need to understand
And love you the nail-scarred hand
You must touch and see
The frightened child inside of me

If we go on
To shine our light upon
A world that badly needs to know
A human soul can love another human soul"

--Michael Card, Earthly Perfect Harmony

All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera

Saturday, August 2, 2008

You never know what you'll see in Alpharetta

Poem by Chris Cornell

Hello, I know there’s someone out there
Who can understand
And who’s feeling the same way as me
I’m twenty-four and I’ve got everything to live for
But I know now that it wasn’t meant to be
’cause all has been lost and all has been won
And there’s nothing left for us to save
But now I know that I don’t want to be alone today
So if you find that you’ve been feeling just the same

Call me now it’s alright
It’s just the end of the world
You need a friend in the world
’cause you can’t hide
So call and I’ll get right back
If your intentions are pure
I’m seeking a friend for the end of the world

I’ve got a photograph, I’ll send it off today
And you will see that I am perfectly sane
Not for a lifetime or forever and a day
’cause we know now that just won’t be the case
There will be no commitment and no confessions
And no little secrets to keep
No little children or houses with roses
Just the end of the world and me
’cause all has been gone and all has been done
And there’s nothing left for us to say
But we could be together as they blow it all away
And we can share in every moment as it breaks

Call me now it’s alright
It’s just the end of the world
You need a friend in the world
’cause you can’t hide
So call and I’ll get right back
If your intentions are pure
I’m seeking a friend for the end of the world

--Chris Cornell

I could have danced all night