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Too Many Tears

This song played this morning on my Spotify station.  I could not get the tune out of my head and decided to look it up on youtube.  What I found was a beautiful slide show of pictures from our recent history – at least over the last 50 years or so.  I hope you enjoy the poignant message in this song as much as I did.

 

God Bless

“Too Many Tears”

Did you see the first man on the moon?
Have you seen the first light of day?
When there wasn’t someone stuck inside
Something like the moon
Something like a star that’s lost its way
Did you go to Dallas on that day?
Have you been to where they broke a dream?
Where there really isn’t room for doubt
Somehow we got lost
And the truth is buried somewhere in-between

And everyone, everywhere
Take time and dry your eyes
‘Cause too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried
Just look into that beautiful blue
That beautiful blue, blue sky
And know too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried

The mystery of why they had to leave
I’m only one of thousands saying why
Why a balcony in Memphis Tennessee
Seems trapped in time
Just an angry finger pointing at the sky

Would you wait to stand inside his shoes?
And is the best all you have to give
The barefoot man lived a simple life
I guess he knew
Something’s die so other things might live

So everyone, everywhere
Take time and dry your eyes
‘Cause too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried
Just look into that beautiful blue
That beautiful blue, blue sky
And know too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried

Oh come on everyone, everywhere
Take time and dry your eyes
‘Cause too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried
Just look into that beautiful blue
That beautiful blue, blue sky
And know too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried

 

Writer(s): Bernie Taupin, Elton John
Copyright: Hst Publishing Ltd., Cow Dog Music Inc.

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Pearl Harbor – Tennessee (Original Soundtrack Theme by Hans Zimmer)

This song is one of the most beautiful themes ever written for a movie.

Thanks to all the men and women who have lost their lives and others who daily put their lives on the line so that we can be free.

In remembrance of your sacrifice and service to our country.  I salute you today.

This song is for you.

Looking For The Good

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In spite of everything that has happened, I still believe that people are really good at heart. ~Anne Frank

Our small group is going to see the stage production of “To Kill A Mockingbird” next month – and it sparked some interesting conversation on the way to church this morning between my husband and me.

It is our annual tradition to see this movie every year in our home – a tradition that our children did not appreciate when they were growing up – but as they are older now I think they too can see the beauty of this timeless story – set in the 1930’s – in the south.  The book is usually always better than the movie – and in this case it really is true.  I am hoping the stage production follows the book more than the movie does.

I love true stories of real heroes, struggle, dilemma, victory, discovery and resignation.  And at the heart of these stories – whether it is “The Diary of Anne Frank” or “To Kill A Mockingbird” – there is a universal appeal.  In the midst of a very bad circumstance – there are still people in the heart of the story who believe that all people –  are really good at heart.

This is what keeps hope alive for us as a nation – through suffering, wars, loss and ignorance – is the belief that those we set up as authority figures, those in our government, military, churches, schools, police force and finally our very families – are there to remind us that life can be good when things are set in balance – certain laws kept and reinforced and everyone is given the dignity of free choice and the honor of living in a free country.

When “all men are created equal” – and we really mean it.  When no man has control over another – when freedom is lived out.  It was the hope through the Civil War – again when Hitler reigned in Germany and anytime we see the abuse of power in our own land.  It is our hope that peace will once again win – and that love and understanding will truly be all we need.

I too – want to say with Anne Frank – that all men are good at heart.  Kind, caring and loving of their fellow-man.  I want to believe it – even when I have not seen it demonstrated in my lifetime – even when I have had personal set-backs – even then.

Help us, Lord – be part of that “good” – bringing balance back where evil seems to reign.  Help us be the true “light” in a very dark place.  Shine your goodness through us, I pray.  Help us to see the good.

God Bless

A Family Thing

Cover of "A Family Thing"

Cover of A Family Thing

I had the opportunity to see the movie “A Family Thing” last night with Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.  And while the premise of the movie was fascinating, a grown man finds out that his natural mother had been the black woman who helped around the house after a brief affair with his own white father – it is near the end of the movie that the “brother” played by James Earl Jones, delivers a very moving and poignant speech.

He tells how he believes that there are people in everyone’s life that are there to save them.  He acknowledges that every man has an opportunity to be “saved” – if he wants to be “saved”.  And he tells about the three people who “saved” him.

The first was by his Aunt – who when his mother died in childbirth giving birth to the baby, who was the result of the affair with the white man – took him in and raised him like her own.  His Aunt saved his life.

The second was by a judge who when in his teens starting getting into trouble and began stealing cars.  This judge said you can either go to prison – or join the military.  He went into the marines – that judge gave him a second chance and ultimately saved his life.

The third was his wife.  He met her some years later when he came home from the war.  He was free, but unfortunately he brought the war with him – drinking heavily.  He said it was this women, who later became his wife – who saved him.  It was like a curtain came off a very dark room.  And he could suddenly see again.  She rescued him from a very dark place and believed in him – and it saved his life.

How many people do you have in your lifetime that have impacted you in such a way – that you can claim what James Earl Jones character did in that movie – that these people actually saved you? Got you out of a bad place – brought new meaning to your life – gave you a second chance?

We all know that with God – He does this every day. He is in the rescuing business.  But I also believe that we need to be open to His touch in our lives. And I believe that He uses people on our journey to come along side of us and hold us up when we’re slipping – and walk beside us, giving hope and encouragement through a kind word, laugh or smile – to show that He has not forgotten about us – even in our darkest hour.  These people are as necessary to our journey as breathing.  And they are His gift to us.

I am praying that you will be “saved” by someone when you least expect it – when you think nobody cares – when you are close to shutting down and giving up.  Be open to receive God’s greatest gift of friendship today.  And maybe you will be called on to “save” someone else.

God Bless

Silent Night

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Just saw a true story called ‘Silent Night’ starring Linda Hamilton – set in WWII time – Germany.  It was a story from a little boy’s perspective just before the end of the war.  A German mother and her son fled to a family cabin away from their German town.  Just as they were settling in – three American soldiers broke in and used the cabin for a ‘hospital’ for a wounded soldier.  Then shortly after three German soldiers came upon the cabin.  The woman (Elisabeth) insisted that they keep their weapons outside if they were to use her cabin for shelter – calling it a ‘neutral zone’ – and amazingly THEY DID!

I was touched by this story of strength and courage from this woman – who at first feared for her life and the life of her son – but who ended up literally bringing peace and love into that small cabin  preparing a meal for them and taking care of the wounded man.  The atmosphere and influence of a warm and caring woman – was felt by all the men.  And they all changed that night.  The war was left outside for Christmas – and common ground between the men – fighting on opposite sides was discovered.  It was Christmas Eve and as Elisabeth prepared soup for the hungry men – each of them had something special to add to the meal from their rations – and one American officer even had ‘presents’ – chocolate for the young boy and young German soldier (about 15 years old) and a french soap wrapped in a little box for Elisabeth – which very much moved her.

What could have been a very tragic and bloody night for all of them – ended up being a very different night in that cabin as they exchanged words and stories with each other.  And later the young German soldier sang ‘Silent Night’ beside a modest little Christmas tree.   It was a night that Elisabeth and her son remembered for the rest of their lives.

I was thinking about this remarkable woman as I watched this.  Would I have been so brave?  Could I have brought peace into a hostile situation?  Can one person really make a difference?  Yes.  I believe they can.  I believe I can.  I believe you can too.

Are you one that brings peace in the midst of a storm?  Do you bring a calming effect to people in your world?  A healing balm?  An atmosphere of true humility and graciousness?  Do you seek out good in everyone – can you look past the ugly things – try not to blame or cast judgment?  Only think the best and try to encourage, embrace and love?

I pray that you will be one to shine your light – make difficult things better – lighten the load for others that carry a heavier burden.

After all – this is the Gospel Message.  Good News.  Great Tidings of Joy.  Jesus came to redeem, love, and win back what was lost.  You and me.

 

I am praying special blessings on you this day after Christmas!

 

God Bless

 

 

Thanksgiving

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To help put us in the mood for a wonderful Thanksgiving – here is George Winston playing a wonderful tribute to the spirit of ‘Thanksgiving’.  My hope and prayer this year – is that we would all stop and focus on what we are truly thankful for.

 

Enjoy and God Bless!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

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Greg and I have been eating better these days – whole foods – exercising and getting healthy.  It takes effort and planning to change your eating habits and lifestyle – but well worth it in the long run.  The pounds don’t just drop off at our age – but we have to trust that in time these choices to eat better will help our overall health and help us to live longer – free from complications that could develop later in life.

I know why many do not eat this way.  It’s expensive.  Go to the produce department of any grocery store and you’ll understand what I mean.  Good grief – it seems a crime to charge so much for a tomato, avocado or bell peppers!  Not to mention apples, oranges and bananas!

And it’s not just produce – it’s buying sprouted wheat bread – and any organic foods – SO EXPENSIVE!

But we are prevailing.  It takes an effort to plan meals that don’t have any preservatives – vegetable oils or processed fats.  There are no short cuts to whole foods.  They have to be prepared the old-fashioned way – which takes longer – nothing in a hurry.

So I was thinking about that today – our ever-increasing grocery bill – and wishing that I had a garden – like my Grandmother used to when I was a little girl.  She had everything in that garden, potatoes, beans, peas, carrots, lettuce, beets, cucumbers – etc.  She spent a lot of time in the garden – weeding and watering, tending it.  And I remember helping her gather from it so she could cook it for our evening meals.  I’m sure it was hard work – but things were fresh and FREE!!

I would love to have a vegetable garden – and someday, Greg tells me – I will.  I will probably just start with tomatoes next spring and build from there – we have no room in our tiny back yard for a working garden – and not enough sunlight either.  But someday we will live  in the country and either have an outdoor garden or a green house.

I found myself repeating this little nursery rhyme today while thinking about a wonderful vegetable garden:

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

Sounds cute and sweet, right?  Isn’t that wonderful – a garden!  Yes!  How does your garden grow?   And like many things from that time period – the seemingly innocent children’s stories and rhymes were actually fraught with political meaning.  I looked up the meaning for this rhyme and this is what I found:

The origins (of this rhyme) are steeped in history… Bloody Mary!
The Mary alluded to in this traditional English nursery rhyme is reputed to be Mary Tudor, or Bloody Mary, who was the daughter of King Henry VIII. Queen Mary was a staunch Catholic and the garden referred to is an allusion to graveyards which were increasing in size with those who dared to continue to adhere to the Protestant faith – Protestant martyrs.

Instruments of Torture!
The silver bells and cockle shells referred to in the Nursery Rhyme were colloquialisms for instruments of torture. The ‘silver bells’ were thumbscrews which crushed the thumb between two hard surfaces by the tightening of a screw. The ‘cockle shells’ were believed to be instruments of torture which were attached to the genitals!

Can I just say, OUCH!  Wow.  The things you find out when you look something up from history.  I’m sorry I looked it up.  I bet you are too.  Can I just say that back then it would not have been wonderful to be a man? Amazing.

Hopefully my garden will be different – no torture devices in mine – only  sweet things for my family to eat – to help save on our grocery bill.  I promise.

Do you have a garden?  How does it grow?

Here’s wishing you sweet things in yours today ♥

 

God Bless

 

 

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