Love Me Too

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Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
–Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)

We love him, because he first loved us.
–1 John 4:19 (KJV)

1. We wanna be needed in this life,
Makin’ a living sacrifice.
We give in; we give up,
’cause we think that is love.
But He already paid the price.

Refrain:
He says you’ll never find another love like mine.
You can search the universe throughout eternal space and time.
You can choose it or refuse it,
But you’re never gonna lose it,
‘Cause I remain without forsaking you.
O I love you so that you can love me too.

2. We wish to grant their every whim,
Despite the pain we’re living in.
We give up; we give out
So they don’t go without.
But what we need really comes from Him.
Refrain:

3. I know exactly what I sing about,
‘Cause that’s the way I live it out.
I give out; I give way
To the Lord every day.
And I surrender the fear and doubt.
‘Cause
Refrain:

‘Cause there is no other love like mine.
You can search the universe throughout eternal space and time.
You can choose it or refuse it,
But you’re never gonna lose it,
‘Cause I remain without forsaking you.
O I love you so that you can love me too (3x).

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Ice and Fire (Sonnet)

The water ever cold is freezing fast;
The ice is taking shape within my mind.
My moments flicker dim and slowly pass,
Engulfing all the warmth I cannot find.

But deep within my heart a fire burns;
I feel the ice inside commence to creek.
A tiny spark that starts a gentle churn,
And rippling strong my heart begins to beat.

I recognize the thawing of the Spring,
As nature gives the ice a knowing shove.
Now even winter stands to dance and sing;
She breathes upon the fire of hope and love.

In wisdom does she will and work so well;
Her fire springs from winter’s hardest hell.

Only in Your Presence that I Could

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Listen for the sound of an African grey parrot in this recording. 🙂

1. Every day I wake up breathing,
Thinking, knowing, hoping, being,
Every day I wake up me is good, so good.
Every moment I am living,
Praying, moving, doing, giving,
Every moment I’m believing in Your presence, Lord,
‘Cause it’s only in Your presence that I could.
Refrain:

2. Every day I wake up growing,
Seeking, feeling, healing, showing,
Every day I wake up Yours is good, so good.
Every moment I am learning,
Finding, seeing, freeing, turning,
Every moment I’m receiving in Your presence, Lord,
‘Cause it’s only in Your presence that I could.
Refrain: (2x)

Lord, it’s only in Your presence that I could.
It’s only in Your presence that I could.
Lord, it’s only in Your presence that I could.

Refrain:
O I know I couldn’t live without Your love,
And without the breath of inspiration sent from up above,
Your gentle peace and strength,
And Your amazing grace.
I need Your life to make mine any good,
‘Cause it’s only in Your presence that I could.

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Forgiveness 490

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I pray you end this year with forgiveness. Extend God-guided forgiveness to anyone you feel has hurt you, for your own sake, knowing that God has forgiven you. And above all, forgive yourself for all past mistakes, so you can begin the New Year, and each moment with a clean slate – spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. I wish you all the best in 2018, and no matter what this year holds, may you seek and find the Presence and Power of God within you!

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.*
–Matthew 18:21-22 (KJV)

Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
–Matthew 7:1-2 (KJV)

*70×7 = 490

Forgiveness 490 – Lyrics

Refrain:
[So] 490 times isn’t too tough,
Forgiving ourselves and each other for stuff.
Never forget all the sins He forgave,
To love and to keep every child that He made.
And 490 times isn’t a strain,
‘Cause we are forgiven again and again and again.

1. The number of stars in the heavens,
And each bless-ed moment we’re livin’,
The total of tears
Through laughter and fears,
That’s how many times we’re forgiven.
Refrain:

2. No human mind and emotions
Can demonstrate such a devotion.
But held in His grace
With our limits erased,
We forgive as deep as the ocean.
Refrain:

3. The tools that we’re using to measure
The worth here on earth of our treasure,
If they never budge,
That’s how we’ll be judged.
We forgive so we live in His pleasure.
Refrain:

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Did They Pray? (Shepherd Song)

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Advent 2017 week 4.

On this Christmas Eve, I offer a song about the shepherds. The Good News was not brought to government officials, rich people, or anyone in power. It was brought to simple, humble folks who in faith, believed what they heard. May we be as the shepherds, not only believing the tidings of Christ’s birth, but truly taking them to heart and living each day for God’s glory. I wish you a blessed Christmas celebration and a joy-full New Year made possible by the Spirit within you!

Luke 2:8-20 (KJV)

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Did They Pray? (Shepherd Song) – Lyrics

1. The shepherds heard the good news first.
Why do you think that could be?
Late at night with the moon for light,
Watching over their sheep,
Did they pray? (4x)

2. The angel came, and so afraid,
The shepherds wondered why.
But Christ the Lord, this day is born,
The Savior of mankind.
Did they pray? (4x)

3. When they heard the joyous word,
They believed what it said.
And making haste to Christ’s birthplace,
They found His manger bed.
Did they pray? (4x)

4. Now we have known and heard and shown
The glory of our God.
So with that sweet humility,
Let us take the path the shepherds trod.
Let us pray. (8x)

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On this December 20th, I must say that despite its ups and downs, or more accurately, downs and ups, 2017 has been a good year for me. But as you read the following, remember I said downs and ups. And also remember it was a good year.

I spent January through March eating vegan food, carried over from October, 2016. It was my second try at veganism, and I don’t know whether I failed, or it’s just not for me. I also don’t know if it matters.

Little did I know the Ides of March, March 15th, would be such a “lucky” day for me! Looking back that day will always stand out in my memory. That’s when
The Blind Poet, Freddy G.
joined Behind our Eyes, a group for writers with disabilities. I will never forget what I thought: “Freddy G. He’s either a rapper or a sax player.” Well, he is neither, but he does love music. We truly connected through our writing, which is spiritual and inspirational for both of us. We value honesty, positivity, and spirituality, and that is very clear in our writing. Because of this we became friends before I even realized it. Now hold that thought, because Freddy is featured in later events this year.

Starting in February and through Lent, I wrote extra songs, with the encouragement of a pastor and 2 friends. You may know I’ve made the commitment to write one song every week. I am happy if there are extra ones, beyond the one I’ve promised, but usually they are just that – extras. They don’t fulfill the weekly requirement. Well, this year was different. Stay tuned!

April was National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), and just like last year, I wrote a poem a day, or 36-in-30, because there were some Limerick collections. Also in April I was shaken by the first of 2 car accidents. I was bruised, and the chest pain lasted several weeks. Fortunately, no one in the vehicle was seriously injured. However, I’ve had trouble riding in certain vehicles, and with certain drivers ever since. After the accident I started sharing work with Freddy that I didn’t share with others. It was a gradual opening up that just felt natural.

April was a busy month, as my ordination license renews annually, and I am always proud of that. In addition, I had the opportunity to sing for residents of a local nursing home. I was worried the residents wouldn’t be able to relate to my original songs. But I worried for nothing. I don’t know who enjoyed the afternoon more – me or the residents. One man said, “I could have listened to you all day.” And a woman who heard me sing before requested some songs. They weren’t on my list, but I had to do them. It’s not every day you get requests for your own work; so that was an honor to me.

In May Freddy and I started talking on the phone. Again it was one of those things whose impact you don’t know until later. And it had quite an impact!

Several things happened in June; let’s take the less fortunate ones first. Turning to reach for something, I tripped over a toy truck, knocked into a small table, fell, and sprained my right pinkie. This is the same finger I fractured as a child; so I am blessed it didn’t break this time. I spent 4 weeks in a splint, playing only ukulele because it was easier on that hand. And every day Freddy emailed or called, asking, “How’s your finger? Did you have your coffee? Did you meditate today?” And still I didn’t realize what was happening. For lack of a better phrase, how blind could I be?

A second car accident shook me in June. No one was hurt, though we missed a telephone pole by about 2 feet! Why couldn’t they keep that detail to themselves? It didn’t help my nerves or blood pressure one bit. However, it certainly gave me something to be thankful for. As I said after the first one, “That could have been so much worse!” Not 3 minutes after I got out of the car, Freddy called and asked, “What’s wrong? Are you OK?” Our spiritual connection is the only explanation of how he knows these things, before I even speak.

The week after this accident, I ended a difficult friendship. And later that week, I received the most precious gift of a personal love poem from Freddy. We have been a happy couple since then.

July and August were quiet months. But at the end of August was the injury that inspired the song,
“Give Back to You.”

Freddy also wrote a story about how strong I was during the weeks when I wrote 3 songs instead of 6. Though I did not feel strong, his support and encouragement touched me deeply. Those extra songs from earlier in the year came in handy when I could not play, and didn’t know if I would ever play music again. I do play now, thank the Lord! But my hands need more caution than before.

In September hurricane Irma reared her ugly head, giving Freddy and me a literal storm to weather. And weather we did, with God’s protection and peace. It inspired the song,
“Centered in the Storm.”

That 7 weeks of muscular injury really put a damper on my plans. I had scheduled a trip to Miami for October, but was in too much pain to make travel either practical or fun. So with great regret I canceled the trip. That was another storm we had to face. But I turned 33 and celebrated my first enjoyable birthday in a long time. I got my cheesecake and one wonderful present, a story from Freddy. And near the end of October, songwriting resumed as usual. I remain truly grateful for that!

In November, the season of Thanksgiving, I made that trip to Miami. It was fun, beautiful, sweet, and lasting. It was great to spend time with Freddy and trade the Pennsylvania cold for sunny and 85 degrees, even if only for a weekend.

Now as I write this, it is Advent. In these weeks leading up to the celebration of Christ’s birth, I truly have a lot to be thankful for. In the words of one of my favorite Bible verses:

And now abide faith, hope, and love, these three. But the greatest of these is love.
–1 Cor. 13:13 (NASB)

May you be surrounded by love this season, from those around you and above all from the Spirit of Christ within you! Merry Christmas, and a blessed 2018!

The Christmas Key

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Advent 2017 week 3.

Refrain:
[So] turn the Christmas key;
Unlock your mind and heart.
Open up the doors,
And let love fill every part.
Use your Christmas key
To touch another soul,
‘Cause love’s the only key
That makes everybody whole.

1. Love is born to save,
To comfort and forgive.
It lights the path of grace,
So each one of us may live.
Refrain:

2. Love is born to care,
An undeserved embrace,
And we are here to share
The beauty of His face.
Refrain:

3. Love isn’t just a Child
Born many years ago.
He is the living Christ,
Releasing every soul.
Refrain:

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