Chasing Cars…

May 30, 2008

I love this song by Snow Patrol.  Especially this part:  “I need your grace, to remind me to find my own.”  That is so beautiful.  It reminds me of this post I wrote a few months ago, and especially of The Body’s Grace, by Rowan Williams.

j

We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

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I had to write a hymn for a class – I thought I would share it.  It can be sung to many tunes in the hymnal — anything with the little abbreviation “CM” in the corner at the bottom for “Common Meter”. I haven’t found a tune I like yet, but when I do I’ll update it.  It is based, of course, on King David and his relationship with Saul’s son, Jonathan, and the Book of Ruth.

David and Jonathan, they met
And wept behind a stone
They kissed and said their sad farewells
Again to be alone

Away, Naomi pushed her love
And Ruth refused to leave
“Where you go, I will go,” said she
Even if death takes me

Thank you God for relationships
You bless our love with life
Through good and bad you lift us up
Deliv’ring us from strife

j

Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2008

Old picture of gay coupleGo to sleep, may your sweet dreams come true
Just lay back in my arms for one more night
I’ve this crazy old notion that calls me sometimes
Saying this one’s the love of our lives.

Cause I know a love that will never grow old
And I know a love that will never grow old.

When you wake up the world may have changed
But trust in me, I’ll never falter or fail
Just the smile in your eyes, it can light up the night,
And your laughter’s like wind in my sails.

Cause I know a love that will never grow old
And I know a love that will never grow old.

Lean on me, let our hearts beat in time,
Feel strength from the hands that have held you so long.
Who cares where we go on this rutted old road
In a world that may say that we’re wrong.

Cause I know a love that will never grow old
And I know a love that will never grow old.

Song: A Love That Will Never Grow Old, from Brokeback Mountain
Lyrics: Bernie Taupin

Unwritten

November 29, 2007

by Natasha Beddingfield

I am unwritten, can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
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The Peace of God

October 3, 2007

I posted this poem before, but they were embedded deep in another post (this one, if you’re interested).

It has kept coming up in my conversations lately, so I thought I would just post it as a stand alone since I think it is justified.

They cast their nets in Galilee, just off the hills of brown;
Such happy, simple fisherfolk, before the Lord came down.
Contented, peaceful fishermen, before they ever knew
The peace of God that filled their hearts brimful, and broke them too.

Young John who trimmed the flapping sail, homeless in Patmos died.
Peter, who hauled the teeming net, head-down was crucified.
The peace of God, it is no peace, but strife closed in the sod;
Yet, brothers, pray for but one thing — the marvelous peace of God.
         … William Alexander Percy

It has also been adapted to a hymn – #661 in the 1982 Episcopal Hymnal. 

j

Phillipians is currently in the readings for the Daily Office.

One of Paul’s concerns in this letter is that the audience be of one mind.

I have heard this used in our current situation to describe a certain requirement for uniformity of doctrine within the church.  What a mistake. Read the rest of this entry »

From Planet Out News:

A melee broke out last week in Jonkoping, Sweden, after a group of fundamentalist Christian young people set a fire outside a celebrated photomural exhibit that portrays Jesus as gay.

Read the whole article here.

See the art here – my fave is the replica of DaVinci’s Last Supper.  There is nudity in one piece; viewers who are easily offended be warned and don’t click through!  I’m so glad that the Archbishop of Sweden allowed this collection to be displayed in their cathedral.  As the quote in the article says (from the American Art Historian Cherry) “So often it’s Christians versus gays, when in fact Jesus taught love toward everybody.”

j