Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Soul Mate





 The Soul Mate
Your dark eyes, pained,
searching for truth,
in a world that does not
accept it;
looking for some meaning
 in this life
of toil and tempest
 and temptations
to endure,
  somehow
 we were brought together,
perhaps by Providence
for a very brief season,
a stellar moment,
when time was far
 too precious,
to be wasted,
on worldly pursuits,
empty words,
misunderstood intentions
  mundane interests
all so useless
Things....
  which cannot ,
nor never will, satisfy
the frightful needs of
the human heart..
Your dark eyes...
took me so by surprise,
  their black onyx fire 
spoke of unspent passions 
searing right into the depths
of my soul...
in cinders of regret
 I can only surrender
myself to the
memories of
what could have been.
-Pamela Denise Brida









Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cathy & Heathcliff


"He's more myself than I am.
 Whatever our souls are made of, 
his and mine are the same.”
-Cathy Earnshaw
"Wuthering Heights"








The beautiful landscape of the lonely, windswept
English moors is the setting of Emily Bronte's 
"Wuthering Heights"
(1847)





Dark gypsy eyes...
piercing and proud,
insolent, fearsome,
free born of the wind
the wandering, wild
heir-elect prince
of primitive ancienne noblesse...
Your dark eyes bold,
swirling black seas of unabashed desire,
and ruthless cunning,
only reveal the hidden longing,
the intensity of vision
beguiled me;
in the calm, pale moonlight,
before the coming onslaught...
my defenses stripped,
exposed and bared
trampled on,
"in naked beauty more adorned"
like the poet, (Milton) declared,
leaving me without excuse,
arousal quaking with every pulse,
the sanguine awakening,
searing, searching,
my wistful, wandering heart
I tremble visibly at your approach
like a single leaf
before the promise of rain
in a parched and weary land;
Is it any wonder then,
that I failed to recognize you
when you came... crashing
against the barricade,
splintering wood, flying in pieces,
vainglorious... triumphant
the undaunted conqueror,
of becalmed, burdened, sweetness... she!
precious shining pearl of innocence rare,
your provoked dagger glare,
spoke of latent mysteries
to her captivated virgin soul,
the sudden convulsing paroxysm of
life-sustaining blood,
swirling, swelling, compelling,
besieged her, leaving her breathless,
betrothed...bound
by honor, to your memory...
a weeping witness am I alone,
to her surrendered, shameless, desire...

 "Spirits on the Wind"
Written By Pamela Brida



Doomed Lovers
Cathy and Heathcliff
(Anna Calder Marshall and Timothy Dalton)
"Wuthering Heights"
(1970)



"I Was Born In Love With You"
The theme song from
 the motion picture soundtrack
"Wuthering Heights"
(1970)
Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Composed by Michel Legrand
Performed by Melissa Errico

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Significance Of The Cross






The purpose for Christ crucified
 is that the Cross 
is the basis of God’s total provision
 for the believer.

God, also with Jesus,
 freely gives us all things,
 through the Cross.

The Cross is the basis
 of Christ’s total defeat of Satan.
Conflict with Satan without the deliverance
 provided by the Cross
 will be a defeat.

The Cross is intended 
in the believer to be deliverance
 from this present evil age.



 

 "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood."

"Blessed Assurance"
-Fanny Crosby





 Unfortunately, Satan has established
 a tenacious foothold in the Church today.
 The enemy of the souls of man 
has obscured the vision of Christ crucified.
 As a result, many churches have succumbed
 to New Age carnality and legalism, and
 the removal of the Cross, or any mention
of Messiah Jesus from the pulpit.



Seven Examples:


1.Theology replaces divine revelation

2. Education ( in the Seminary) taking the place
 of character building. 
It is very dangerous
 to train peoples’ intellect
 without building their character. 
The educated, carnal mind is far too often
 an enemy of God.

3. Religious programming takes the place
 of the leading of the Holy Spirit

4. Psychology replaces spiritual discernment

5. Eloquence replaces supernatural power

6. Man’s reasoning replaces faith

7. Laws (legalism) adding requirements
 to achieve righteousness with God,
 has replaced the unmerited favor of God (Grace).
 Legalism is also devoid of the love and mercy of God.

A good example of this is the Pharisees.
 Jesus performed the miraculous
 right before their eyes, healing the sick, and the blind,
 yet, all that concerned them 
was that He was breaking their Sabbath laws!



“Then He said to the man,
"Reach out your hand."
And the man reached it out
and it was restored,
 as sound as the other one." 
Matthew 12:13







A Matter Of Faith


I believe that the whole Nativity story 
is about faith in, and obedience to God
 from the both the human,
 and the divine perspective.
Mary, a young Jewish virgin from Nazareth
is told by an angel
 that she has found favor with God
 and will conceive His Child
 by the Holy Spirit.
Mary’s response was, “Let it be done to me

 according to Your will.”
She made the choice to lean on her faith

 and trust in God at this crucial moment,
 when the history of the world
 would be changed forever. 
Furthermore, she lived in a time 
when women accused of adultery 
were often stoned to death.



"Do not be afraid, Mary, for you
have found favor with God."
Luke 1:30

 



Meanwhile, Joseph, Mary’s young fiance,
 was heartbroken by what he first perceived
 as a betrayal on Mary’s part. 
He too, was aware of what might happen to her,
 and because in Jewish culture a betrothal 
was tantamount to being married,
 he sought to divorce her quietly.
 Instead, an angel came to him
 in a dream with a message 
to take Mary as his wife. 
The angel said to him 
that the child Mary carried,
 “would save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1;21. 
Joseph too, had to lean on his faith in God.



"Joseph, descendant of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary 
as your wife, for that which is
conceived in her is of
the Holy Spirit." 
Matthew 1:20 


 
  But perhaps he was also thinking,
 "What a crazy dream! 
What the heck did I eat last night?”
 Joseph probably felt that if he told anyone
 that he saw and heard from an angel in a dream
 people would think he was crazy
 or worse, possessed by a demon.

 And yet, he chose instead
 to trust in God and married Mary.

Then there were the shepherds, 

abiding in the fields,
 keeping watch over their flocks by night.
Ordinary people doing ordinary work,

 were suddenly swept up
 into the realm of the supernatural, 
when the angels appeared to them
 and announced the birth of Jesus. 

And then there were the wise men,
 who were already aware that Someone 
very special was about to be born
 and were following His star.

 They all came to see and wonder
 about the Baby lying in the manger.
   Yet, none of these principle players of the Nativity Story
  knew the outcome of the unfolding drama.

 And like them, Jesus experienced 
what it was like to be fully human.
 He laughed. He cried. 
He showed mercy and compassion
 to the outcasts of society.
 He even displayed righteous anger
 when He beat the moneychangers in the Temple. 

Yet, He never sinned.

 He was also obedient to His Father unto death. 

That  crucial moment in Gethsemane,
 when He surrendered His will to God’s will
 and felt the horrible sting of rejection from His Father,
  taking on all the sin and evil of fallen mankind
 can only be described as perfect obedience.
The life and purpose of the Baby,
 born in a lowly manger
 came full circle with the broken Man
 hanging on the tree and the utterance, 
“It is finished.” 

And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
But this is certainly not “The End” of the story.
  Only three days later, yet another angel 
announced to a group of grief-stricken women,
 “He is not here. He has risen.”   



"Three Marys"
Henry Ossawa Tanner

Friday, April 11, 2014

Till We Meet Again




 
"The Mighty One, God, the Lord,
 speaks and calls the earth
 from the rising of the sun to it's setting.
 Out of Zion,
 the perfection of beauty,
 God shines forth." 
 Psalm 50:1-2


Restlessness
in the watches of the night,
and in the waking hour
before dawn,
I lie here staring at the ceiling
 and think of you and
the very first... and last time
you came to me...uninhibited... without fear

The earthly chains
that bound you
are broken, banished is
your pain,
the torment, 
oh, how you suffered!
But now,
"It is finished".
Set free!...  set free at last...
Praise Him! 
How lovely are His tabernacles!
Praise Him!  Praise Him Forever!





 "How lovely are Your tabernacles, 
O Lord of hosts!
My soul yearns, yes, even pines
 and is homesick for the courts of the Lord;
 my heart and my flesh cry out
 and sing for joy to the living God."
Psalm 84:1-2





In the depths of
some  fragmented, troubling dream,
vague images rose and fell, 
 your soul reached out to mine
"Farewell my beloved, 
until another time and place"
you whispered softly
to my listening heart.
Awakened by the dawn's soft rosy glow
though I knew not of your passing,
not yet... the tears fell unbidden from my eyes
that early spring morning, then,when word came,
and  I knew you were gone forever from this life,
I felt as if nothing could ever be right again...

And yet... despite my sorrow,
where you now stand,
in the beauty of holiness,
 there is balm in Gilead
without fear, without pain,
rejoicing, dancing, praising,
on the beautiful shore!








There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul

Sometimes I feel discouraged
And think my work's in vain
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again

Don't ever feel discouraged
For Jesus is your friend
And if you lack of knowledge
He'll ne'er refuse to lend

If you cannot preach like Peter
If you cannot pray like Paul
You can tell the love of Jesus
And say, "He died for all".


-An Old Spiritual







 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Portrait Of Laura

 "Laura"
 portrayed by
 the stunningly beautiful
 Gene Tierney





Theme from "Laura"
By David Raskin
with clips from the movie




 

"Laura"
 is a romantic mystery
 surrounding the alleged murder
 of  a beautiful young woman
 and the hard-boiled police detective
 who falls in love with her.





 NYPD Detective Mark McPherson,
 played by Dana Andrews,
 studies Laura's
 intriguing portrait.










 Mark is soon glad to discover
 that Laura is very much alive!



"Someone To Watch Over Me"








Laura's manipulative "mentor" Waldo Lydecker, 
played by Clifton Webb,
 a cynical newspaper columnist
 is jealous of Mark's obvious interest
 in his protege.







Another rival for Laura's affections
 is the handsome playboy
 Shelby Carpenter,
 played by Vincent Price.





  Although "Laura" was her signature role,
 I  loved Gene Tierney's performance
 in the role of  Edwardian era widow Lucy Muir,
 romanced by the ghost of sea captain Daniel Gregg,
 played by Rex Harrison,
 in the supernatural romance,
 "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir."



   "Charm'd magic casements,
 opening on the foam
  Of perilous seas,
 in faery lands forlorn." 
-John Keats