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.
"Give me the Future..."
There’s a house that I regularly drive past that has John 3:3 on a big sign on the wall at the end of their drive. There’s a box next to it offering free bibles. The heart is there, but I would need to sit opposite and see what effect it actually has as an evangelistic endeavour. That said, it had an impact on me.
The verse is in the context of the story of Nicodemus, a religious man who is willing to ask questions of Jesus. He does it quietly and discerningly in the night, and Jesus invests the time in hearing what he’s saying, hearing what he perhaps isn’t saying, and helping him re-frame what is being asked.
Nicodemus wants to know about the Kingdom of God. And here are a couple of key verses that Jesus comes back at him with, including the verse on the wall…
Another quick one...
I'm tempted to turn it into a quiz:
Lewis Capaldi or King Solomon?
Love Song or Ecclesiastes?
Pointless or Meaningless?
Here's an idea: Have a listen to this song, then read Ecclesiastes.
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.
Doddie Weir was retiring from Rugby when I started paying an interest in it. He's been more on my radar since he retired and since his MND diagnosis than he was before.
The tune of "Doddie's Dream" apparently was written without him in mind, but thinking about hope in 2020, and that we all needed a little hope. Doddie was someone who was bringing people hope through his charity and so it was later given his name.
"You're always trying to see yourself
through the eyes of someone else"
There's a degree of pressure on us when we do that.
To “hold a mirror up to" is a phrase meaning “to take a look at oneself objectively to examine or reflect on things (issues) stemming from the reality of reflection; to reveal to someone about the way they look (differently) to the rest of the world (so that they can reflect upon themselves); expose, show up, bring to light (some (unpleasant) aspects to oneself)”.
Community done badly holds up images of the ideal alongside the mirror and tells us all the ways we don't measure up.
"Wish you well..."
This one is about forgiveness.
Watch this long, uncomfortable and difficult TED talk, and then have a listen to the song.
"I guess I just feel like..."
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?
"A beautiful day..."
A short one today... Can't remember where I cam across this one, but it's quite catchy!
What will you say "Thank you" for today? What's on you list?
Does pain feature in your "Thank you"? Should it?
Who or what are you saying "Thank you" to?
(There isn't even a "Read more..."!)
I am so blissfully unaware of everything... unless it affects me directly or flashes up on my social media feed.
Lent 2023 Playlist
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I'm working through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!