Sunday, June 23, 2019

That Sunday, That Summer






"If I had to choose just one day...

If I had to choose just one day
To last my whole life through
It would surely be that Sunday
The day that I met you...

Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-coming in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showing off their skills
Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper,
"Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her."





 If I had to choose one moment
To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment
Recalling how we started
Darling it would be, when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer.

Newborn whippoorwills were calling from the hills
Summer was a-coming in but fast
Lots of daffodils were showing off their skills
Nodding all together, I could almost hear them whisper
"Go on, kiss her, go on and kiss her...now.."


If I had to choose one moment
To live within my heart
It would be that tender moment
Recalling how we started
Darling it would be, when you smiled at me
That way, that Sunday, that summer.

If I had to choose just one day..."



"That Sunday, That Summer"
(1963)
Nat King Cole
Written by Joe Sherman and George David Weiss




Fourth Sunday Meditation: "O Perfect Love, All Human Thought Transcending..."





"Let marriage be held in honor, esteemed worthy,
precious, and of great price, and especially dear in all things."
Hebrews 13:4



The Covenant
(2003)
Ron DiCianni



O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne,
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending
Whom Thou forevermore dost join in one.

O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance
Of tender charity and steadfast faith,
Of patient hope, and quiet, brave endurance,
With childlike trust that fears no pain or death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
And to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
That dawns upon eternal love and life.
Amen.



The Wedding Song
(1971)
Noel Paul Stookey




"O Perfect Love All Human Thought Transcending"
(1883)
Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney
(1858-1932)
English hymn writer and poetess





Saturday, June 22, 2019

Come Down Ma Evenin' Star



Beautiful American stage actress Lillian Russell was best
 known for her lovely voice and as the long time companion
and friend of the flamboyant business man Diamond Jim Brady.
"Come Down Ma Evenin' Star" from the musical, "Hokey Pokey"
is considered Lillian's signature song.



Lillian Russell
Born Helen Louise Leonard
(December 4, 1860-June 6, 1922)



When from out of the shades of night
Come the stars a-shining bright
I spy the one I do love
I recognize ma true love
Underneath the tiny orbs of light
Search the sky from east to west
She's the brightest and the best
But she's so far above me
I know she cannot love me
Still I love her and more than all the rest.

(Chorus)

Ma evenin' star, I wonder who you are
Set up so high, like a diamond in the sky
No matter what I do, I can't go up to you
So come down  from there, ma evenin' star
Come down, come down
Come down from there ma evenin star

Love, I think has made me mad
'Cause when nights and clouds are clad
I want her more than ever
Want her to leave me never
And all around you, sorrowful and sad
Then when comes the day's bright light
And ma star fades from my sight
Ma love is unabating
I grown impatient waiting
To see again ma love, ma life that night.



"Come Down My Evenin' Star"
(1902)
Lyrics by Edgar Smith and Robert B. Smith
Music by John Stromberg and WT Francis



Friday, June 21, 2019

We Hail Thee Glorious Summer





We hail thee, glorious summer,

We welcome thee today,

With all thy flowery legions

And all thy songbirds gay.


The happy rills to meet thee

With merry laughter run;

While woodland banners great thee,

Beneath a smiling sun.



Summer Birds
Greg Giordano




We hail thee, joyous summer!

We welcome thee today!

With all thy flowery legion,

And all thy songbirds gay.


We hail thy smile of gladness

O Summer fair and sweet;

O let us lay all sadness

And sighing at thy feet.



"We Hail Thee Glorious Summer"
Alice Jean Cleator
(1871-1926)
American hymn writer




Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Tuesday Devotional With Derek Prince: "Don't Give Up"




"Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the
ends of the earth, does not grow faint or weary;
there is no searching of His understanding.


Mt. Carmel, Israel
"Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice
and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the
water that was in the trench. When all the people saw it they
fell on their faces and they said, "The Lord, He is God!
The Lord, His is God!"
II Kings 18:38-39


He gives power to the faint and weary,
and to him who has no might He increases
strength, causing it to multiply and making
it abound.  

Even youths shall faint and be
weary, and selected young men shall 
feebly stumble and fall exhausted.

But those who wait for the Lord, who
expect, look for, and hope in Him
shall change and renew their strength and
power; they shall lift their wings and mount up
close to God as eagles mount up to the sun;
they shall run and not grow weary, they
shall walk and not faint or become tired."
Isaiah 40:28-31



"Don't Give Up"
Derek Prince



"Three times I called upon the Lord and besought
Him about this and begged that it might depart from me;

But He said to me, My grace, My favor, and loving-kindness
and mercy is enough for you, sufficient against any danger
and enables you to bear the trouble manfully; for My
strength and power are made perfect, fulfilled and completed,
and show themselves most effective in your weakness.
Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weakness
and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ the Messiah
may rest, yes, may pitch a tent and dwell upon me!

So for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure
in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities,
and distresses; for when I am weak in human strength,
then I am truly strong, able, powerful, in divine strength."
II Corinthians 12:8-10



Monday, June 17, 2019

Bunker Hill Day 2019






Samuel Adams
(1722-1803)
American statesman and patriot


"The Divine Source Of Liberty"


All temporal power is of God,

And the magistratal, His institution, laud,

To but advance creaturely happiness aubaud:

Let us then affirm the Source of Liberty.


Ever agreeable to the nature and will,

Of the Supreme and Guardian of all yet still

Employed for our rights and freedom's thrill:

Thus proves the only Source of Liberty.


Though our civil joy is surely expressed

Through hearth, and home, and church manifest,

Yet this too shall be a nation's true test:

To acknowledge the divine Source of Liberty.



"Bunker Hill"
Dan Troiani







Full Strawberry Moon Tonight



Raised are the dripping oars,
Silent the boat! the lake,
Lovely and soft as a dream,
Swims in the sheen of the moon.
-Matthew Arnold



Canoe In Moonlight
Frank Robert Harper


This month's full moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon.
The eastern Algonquin Indian tribes in America knew at the rising
of this moon the wild strawberries growing in the meadows
and woodlands would be ripe and ready for picking.

An old European name for this Moon is the Full Honey or Mead Moon,
a time when farmers and bee keepers  created mead, a fermented drink 
made with honey and other fruits and spices, or with hops.

As much as I love watching the rising of the full moon each month,
the weather forecast is calling for heavy rains and thunderstorms to come 
 rolling through my area tonight so it might be a very late viewing 
 or perhaps none at all. I guess we'll just have to wait and see!

On a more cheery note, here is a classic strawberry dessert,
 so easy to make and so delicious it is guaranteed to soothe
 any disappointed moon gazers tonight!  Enjoy!


 Judy's Strawberry Pretzel Salad






Sunday, June 16, 2019

Happy Father's Day 2019: "They Don't Make'em Like My Daddy Anymore



The first time I  heard this song I thought,
"This is so true!  They don't make men like my Daddy anymore!"
My father just turned 81 years old last month.  It is hard for
me to believe that he has reached his eighth decade of life.
I am thankful that despite a long struggle with Type II Diabetes,
he is in relatively good health and can still wield a powerful 
handshake as well as a tender bear hug.





In my mind I see him still as the handsome, hard-working man
 of my childhood and growing up years,  the tough former
 US Marine, who became a loving and devoted husband 
and family man, the father of six children, five daughters and one son.
He and Mom are also the proud grandparents of thirteen
 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

 Despite a tendency to be rather brusque in matters of the heart,
Dad penned quite a few love letters to my mother before they wed,
  courting her long distance while in the service.   He still dislikes
syrupy sentiments like the kind printed inside some Father's Day
cards, and yet, Mom has kept those love letters he wrote to her
 all these years as solid proof that despite the hard-nosed exterior,
my father has always been a secret romantic at heart.

This post I dedicate to you, Daddy.
They really don't make'em like you anymore!


"They don't make men like my daddy anymore,
Guess they've thrown away the pattern through the years
In a great big land of freedom at a time we really need'em
They don't make men like my daddy anymore..."



"They Don't Make'em Like My Daddy Anymore"
Loretta Lynn
(1972)
MCA Records



Third Sunday Meditation: Hidden In Christ





"For as far as this world is concerned you have died,
and your new, real life is hidden with Christ in God."
Colossians 3:3



The Effect Of Faith
Yongsung Kim


"Trust"

In heavenly love abiding,
 No change my heart shall fear;
And safe is such confiding, 
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
 My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me, 
And can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim;
He know the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me,
Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o'er me,
Where the dark clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure,
My path to life is free;
My Savior has my treasure
And He will walk with me.

Amen.



"I Hide Myself In Thee"
Tommy Walker
(2000)
Integrity Music





"Trust"
Anna Laetitia Waring
(1823-1910)
Welsh poetess and hymn writer




Saturday, June 15, 2019

Saturday Night Jukebox: Return To Me





Return to me, oh, my dear I'm so lonely

Hurry back, hurry back

Oh my love, hurry back, I am yours....


"Return To Me"
(2000)


Return to me

For my heart wants you only

Hurry home, hurry home

Won't you please hurry home to my heart.

My darling, if  I hurt you I'm sorry

Forgive me and please say you are mine.

Return to me

Please come back, bella mia,

Hurry back, hurry home, to my arms

To my lips and my heart.

Ritorna a me

Cara mia, ti amo

Solo tu, solo tu, solo tu

Solo tu, mio cuore


"Return To Me"
(1958)
Composed by 
Carmen Lombardo and Danny DiMinno



On My Mind: Is Changing The Lord's Prayer Necessary?



Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name.
Your kingdom come, Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we
also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead (bring) us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power
and the glory forever.  Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13

Should the words of the Lord's prayer be altered?



Pope Frances thinks so.  The head of the Roman Catholic Church
has officially changed the passage, "And lead us not into temptation..."
to "do not let us fall into temptation".  His rationale for changing
the words spoken by Jesus Himself is that he believes God, as a
loving and heavenly Father, would never deliberately
 lead anyone into temptation.  


Pope Frances has approved a change in
the Lord's Prayer




The pontiff claims, "It is not a good translation because it speaks
of a God who induces temptation.  The one who leads you into
temptation is Satan. That's Satan's role."



Comedian Flip Wilson's favorite catch phrase was,
"The devil made me do it."


Unfortunately, in the case of fallen humanity,
while undoubtedly looking for an entrance at the scene of the crime,
 and depending on the situation, the enemy of the souls of mankind   
 is not always to blame for someone falling into temptation and sin.

According to the classic biblical reference book,
Marvin R. Vincent's "Word Studies In The New Testament":

"It is a mistake to define this word, "temptation" as only a "solicitation to evil".
Translated from Hebrew to Greek, the word comes to represent any kind
of trial or tribulation faced by the believer in life.
.
  For example, in Acts 16:7 when the apostles, Paul and Timothy, decided
to go into Bithynia, a Roman province in the northwest of Asia Minor,
the Spirit of Jesus prevented them from doing so.  The previous verse
informs the reader that prior to this warning, the apostles  had "passed through
 the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, (located in central Asia Minor) but as they 
 traveled further east, the Holy Spirit forbade them not to go there".

It was up to Paul and Timothy to heed and obey the voice of the Holy
Spirit, or to give into the temptation to continue on with their journey.
 In faith, Paul looked to heaven for confirmation of the Spirit's 
 warning and was answered by the Lord Himself.

There later appeared to Paul a vision of a man from Macedonia
asking him to come and help the people there. Paul went at once
towards Macedonia, knowing that God was calling him West,
not East. Christianity would henceforth become the basis of 
 western civilization, first in Europe, and later in America.

In II Corinthians 13: 4-5 Paul reminds believers: "For though
He was crucified in weakness, yet He goes on living by the
power of God. And though we too are weak in Him, as
He was humanly weak, yet in dealing with you, we shall
show ourselves alive and strong in fellowship with Him,
by the power of God.

 Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether 
 you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it.
Test and prove yourselves, not Christ. Do you know
thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience that
Jesus Christ is in you-unless you are counterfeits,
disapproved on trial and rejected?"

The Book of James attests: "Let no one say when he is
tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of
being tempted by what is evil and He Himself tempts no one."
James 1:13

Because all human beings have inherited the fallen nature of
Adam, they can be, given the right set of circumstances, tempted
 to sin when they are, as James wrote, ..."drawn away, enticed, and baited
 by their own evil desires."   In our fast-paced 21st century world of
today, the Internet and advancing technology serve as a great
distraction which millions of people around the world indulge
in on a daily basis, and this includes millions of believers too.

While technology and especially the Internet has brought the
nations and people of the world a whole lot closer than before,
the enchantment of cyber space is full of many black holes.
The chances of falling prey to the devastation of life-altering
temptation is an all too real possibility these days, and is
as easily accessible as one simple click on a computer keyboard.

 However, if we proclaim that we are believers and followers 
 of the Lord Jesus Christ, then we are without excuse if we
choose to follow after the desires of our own sinful hearts,
without seeking first the wisdom and discernment of God,
 as provided through the Holy Spirit.  


Sometimes when it seems that the Lord is not listening to us it 
 is because He has already answered, as with the planning of
the apostle Paul's itinerary in witnessing the gospel of grace.
Our sovereign Father sees what we do not see and He always has  
the better plan with a purpose worked out for His beloved child.
  It is simply a matter of faith and trust. 


Spiritual discipline can only be fully exercised through earnest,
soul-bearing prayer, and from the diligent and careful study
and meditation on the Word that God speaks through the Scriptures.

"And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that
the Spirit wields, which is the Word of God."
Ephesians 6:17

"That you may walk, live and conduct yourselves in a
manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring
to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work
and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge
of God, with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight and recognition."
Colossians 1:10

"For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power,
making it active, operative, energizing, and effective;
it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to
the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and (the 
immortal) spirit, and of the joints and marrow of the
deepest parts of our nature, exposing and shifting and
analyzing and judging the very thoughts
 and purposes of the heart.
Hebrew 4:4


 James further attests, "Believers who look carefully into the faultless law, 
 the law of liberty, and are faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it,
being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer
(who obeys and applies the law to their lives) shall be
blessed in their lives of obedience."
James 1:25