Monday, November 6, 2017

Not For A Moment

In this post the song "Not For A Moment" (1, 2 for live version) written by Meredith Andrews, Mia Fieldes, and Jacob Sooter will be discussed. The song itself is so simple and beautiful, yet is so musically rich. The primary theme of the song is the constancy of God, lyrically (3) expressed in the words "not for a moment did/will you forsake me" sung twelve times and the words "after all, you are constant" sung three times. However, the musicians add a subtle reinforcement of God's constancy with the piano, which repeats a rhythmic pattern established during the introduction to the song. This rhythmic pattern is accentuated by an electric guitar playing a similar pattern. These repetitions drive the feeling of God's constant love for us deep into our being, enveloping us in a sense of peace and serenity.

Continue reading "Not For A Moment".

Monday, October 30, 2017

It is estimated that, depending on one's health, a person can live approximately 3 weeks without food. Without water, a person can live about 3 days, again depending on the person's health and the ambient temperature. However, the average person can only live about 3 minutes or so without air. Though the actual survival time under these conditions is approximate, one thing informations shows is that air is the most precious of these needs. 
Continue reading "Breathe".

Monday, October 23, 2017

Here I Am to Worship

Throughout the ages God has asked that we worship Him (1, 2). And, while we do our best to worship God, do we sometimes get lost in the day to day machinations, offering only lip service to our practices? Indeed, this has been a problem throughout the ages. As the Lord spoke to Isaiah (3):

The Lord said:
Since this people draws near with words only
and honors me with their lips alone,
though their hearts are far from me,
And fear of me has become
mere precept of human teaching

Continue reading "Here I Am to Worship"

Monday, October 16, 2017

Broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah (1): Interjection: Praise ye the Lord!
                       noun: a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude

We have all said and/or sang "hallelujah", "praise God", at one point or another. It is a common word used in Christian songs, prayers, and exhortations. Unfortunately many times this exclamation of praise is restricted to those times where things are going well, that is, as a shout of joy. When things are not going well, we tend to revert to our modern problem solving approach: we forget about God and go it alone. After all, we know better. What can God do?  Continue reading "Broken Hallelujah".

Monday, October 9, 2017

God With Us

Lost. Upset. Sad. Alone. We have all had these feelings at one time or another; they are common to the human existence. As with many things in life, several possible solutions exist to attempt to address these feelings. In the modern secular world many people take the Nietzschian approach, that is "what ever does not kill us makes us stronger". They tough it out, follow the "ubermensch" philosophy and try to "will" it away. Does it work? Maybe. Sometimes. For a while. I would not be surprised if these people never find true joy, though. Continue reading "God With Us".

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sacred Silence

We are transcendent beings. As such, we are always in search of perfection. Thus we look for perfect love, beauty, goodness, truth and home. Sometimes we get a taste of these qualities here on earth. Our search for a spouse will bring us close to the perfect love; however no spouse is perfect, since there is always at least one thing about one's spouse that you think they should change to meet your definition of 'perfect'. The same is true of beauty. A piece of art or music, or possibly a cathedral may stir your soul to great joy, showing us a glimpse of this perfection; however, these cannot satisfy our ultimate desire for perfect beauty, since we will eventually tire of them. Each of the other transcendentals share similar characteristics in that they present glimpses of near perfection here on earth, but are not in and of them perfect. Continue reading "Sacred Silence".

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lord I Need You

And then it happens. The sudden death of a loved one, possibly even your spouse. The loss of a job. The loss of your home due to catastrophe or finances. Abandonment by family and/or friends. Or possibly the battle with addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, or even food, money or material things. That shock. That "what do I do now" moment. Continue reading "Lord I Need You".