Children

These are little ones before they become “adult” and prone to judgment, prejudice, hate, narrow-mindedness–need I go on? You know, all the things they learn from the rest of us…

Instead of conforming them to our molds and “raising good kids,” wouldn’t it be better for all of us, and the world, if we conformed more to their unadulterated standards?

Children have a beauty
That’s within them; it is true.
Children have a beauty
And an innocence that’s pure.

Children love all people,
And they bring great joy and peace.
Children love all people,
And they teach us many things.

Children are quite special,
And they fill our hearts with love.
Children are quite special,
And we thank the Lord above.

I love little children,
For they’re gentle, good, and kind.
I love little children;
They delight my heart and mind.


In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”

Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them, and said, “Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
–Matthew 18:1-4

Then little children were brought to him, that he should lay his hands on them and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Allow the little children, and don’t forbid them to come to me; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to ones like these.” He laid his hands on them, and departed from there.
–Matthew 19:13-15

Scripture quotations are from World English Bible (WEB).

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Butterfly

A lesson from a well-known symbol of transformation–the butterfly. Change happens in animals, seasons, and each of us; may we flow with it, embracing the natural desire to expand!

Passionate, determined
Building her cocoon
The caterpillar works.

Resting, changing
Deep within
Transformation begins.

Persistent, at work
Giving up is no option
Moving onward, ever upward…

Soft and fluttering
Fragile in the wind
The new butterfly tries.

Gently opening
Spreading to the sky
Her wings lift…

She soars
A Spirit renewed
Unfolding, evolving…

She is divine
And she knows it, lives it
With all her being.

Tiny, powerful, beautiful
Well-created, well-loved
Just like you, just like me!

Wedding Prayer – More than Ceremony

Contrary to its title, this isn’t a wedding song. 😀 Or it isn’t just a wedding song. It’s for anyone in a loving, intimate, romantic relationship. And should you happen to extend that to a wedding or union ceremony, this song would fit in. But ceremony itself does not create love! It must already exist and be acknowledged within, and between people. No imitation or appearance alone will do. It is with true love in mind that I share this song.

Wedding Prayer – Lyrics

Instrument: Luna HTC-Koa ukulele (concert, reentrant)

1. Oh as I focus on you now,
May I make no earthly vow
That keeps your spirit at bay.
And as I dwell within your life,
May I be a shining light
That stands behind
In peace of mind
To let you go your way.
And
Refrain:

2. So as I see the good in you,
May I to us both be true
And know we’re already one.
And as I live the best I can,
May God guide my heart and hands.
I lift them up
To bless this cup
And pray, “Thy will be done.”
And
Refrain: (Twice)

When I say, “I love you,”
May it warm the heart of you.

Refrain:
When I take your hand,
May it be a gentle touch.
And when I say your name,
May a little be so much.
When I kiss you or embrace you,
May I wrap you in the Truth.
And when I say, “I love you,”
May it warm the heart of you.

Self-love: Can it Last?

If Real and if True
And shining within,
Then Love for yourself
Is blessing and bliss!

If on the outside
For all that you do
And how you appear,
That love isn’t True.

If all that you see
Is what’s in your mind;
If, seeking self-love,
That’s all you can find,

Then seek in the space,
The Voice True and small,
Transcending your thoughts,
Beyond, to the All.

The Love from the One,
The Source of all Life,
This infinite flow
Is your Divine right!

This Love for yourself
And All that You are
Is safe and secure,
Eternal, by far.

It’s Real and it’s True
And shining within;
This Love for your Self
Is blessing and bliss!

Friendship – Round

I always wanted to write a round–a song like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” that can be sung by staggering when each singer or group starts. In the early 2000’s I wrote this, simple lyrics and melody that work as a (3-part) round. Be sure to listen to the audio; otherwise it just seems BLAH. 🙂

Oh, and if you try singing this, please, breathe deeply!

Friendship – Lyrics

Beautiful is our great friendship!
It is such a priceless treasure!
What a pure, long-lasting friendship
Between you and me!

The Key

Because the essence of Music, Love, and God is The One.

In any key of music
the first note of the scale
is 1.

In any key of music
the last note of the scale
is 1.

A perfect octave
is the distance
from 1 to the next 1.

Same pitch, same name
just higher or lower
and still the 1.

That’s why it’s called perfect
the 1 is the beginning
and the end.

In any key of music
the real key is
oneness.

The true key is
wholeness
completeness.

The 1 returns to itself
alpha and omega
beginning and end.

In any key of music
the 1
is first and last,

root and octave,
1 and 8,
in the image of God.

And the key
is oneness
in his Presence.

Love – The Simplest of Songs

I wrote this in 2003, and it still rings true for me. In honor of
February and its vibrations of love,
this seemed like a great song to share.

On a side note, purple has gradually become one of my favorite colors. I won’t go into why and how… Suffice it to say that, thankfully, people do change, and do learn to embrace more than we used to! ❤

Love – Lyrics

Instrument: 76-key Casio keyboard (model unknown)

1. Once I searched for a Love that would never die;
True faithfulness on which I could rely.
OOO
Refrain:

2. I was lonely but had, o so much to share;
So, I hoped and I prayed for One who would care.
OOO
Refrain: (3 times)

Refrain:
Love transcends all borders and fills the empty!
I longed so for this and the joy that it brings,
And You have shown me a Love like this.