POV: You're on the cross next to Jesus. You're in anguish and your need release. Peace. And Jesus says to you "This day you will be with me in paradise."
This is the feeling that washed over you:
One line in this one has stuck with me more than anything else.
How can you love someone
And not yourself?
My understanding is that you can't. The golden rule in so many walks of life is a variation on "Love Thy Neighbour", which gets more focus than "As you love yourself." If you don't know how to love you well, I'm not sure I want you to love me in the same way. Or if you think you can love me as your neighbour, I want you to be able to love yourself in the same way.
Apparently this guy busks on the streets of the town I grew up in.
I am not sure I like the song (a little to catchy for me!), but I do like the message!
There'd have to be something wrong with me not to agree with messages about positivity, perseverance and self belief!
I think if I was still in Sudbury and wandered past him playing, and caught these lyrics I'd stop and listen.
Resilience is one thing, but putting up with abusive and unloving behaviour is another.
Don't do it.
Listen to trusted people who have your back and your heart.
Do something about the red flags.
Challenge what causes them, and if there is no change then call it out or walk away.
I found this one whilst planning an Act of Worship for a Secondary School... On "Resilience" believe it or not...
Resilience isn’t mentioned in the bible. I tried to find a greek word as to what it means so that I could check in the geeky apps and things I use to make sure.
The word that came back was this one… ελαστικότητα (Elastikótita)
However you pronounce it, that first bit is where we get our word “Elastic” (I could tell that without looking it up)
So what have I learned? Let's think about Elastic vs Plastic…
Here's something you probably need to hear:
In case nobody told you today: You're special
In case nobody made you believe: You're special
Well, I will always love you the same: You're special
I'm so glad that you're still with us,
Broken, but damn, you're still perfect
Nothing I need to add.
I've set out to start with music rather than themes, but sometimes there are patterns in the things we hear and observe. Sometimes because we're predictable in what we listen to, and sometimes it's because we're more aware of what we need to be aware of.... The more you think about yellow cars, the more you see!
This is another song about what's going on around us, and not being able to avoid it.
We shouldn't try and avoid it all.
This song is a little different though.
This one is about forgiveness.
Watch this long, uncomfortable and difficult TED talk, and then have a listen to the song.
Sometimes songs just get an "AMEN!"
This is one of those. And I think it speaks for itself as a song... I'm not sure what I can add!
Anyone else feel it?
They say that ignorance is bliss.
Sometimes we'd rather close our eyes and have everything go away.
Perhaps if we sleep things will be better when we wake. Someone will have magically fixed the problem.
I guess this song just draws together the thoughts that I've already had with "Bridge over troubled water" and "Eyes of a child".
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!