My Song is Love Unknown

Samuel Crossman (1664)

1 My song is love unknown,
my Savior’s love to me;
love to the loveless shown,
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake,
my Lord should take frail flesh and die?

2 He came from His blest throne
salvation to bestow;
but man made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But oh, my Friend, my Friend indeed,
who at my need His life did spend!

3 Sometimes they strew His way
and His sweet praises sing;
resounding all the way
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
and for His death they thirst and cry.

4 Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
themselves displease,
and ‘gainst Him rise.

5 They rise, and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer they save,
the Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
that He His foes from thence might free.

6 In life, no house, no home
my Lord on earth might have;
in death, no friendly tomb
but what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was His home,
but mine the tomb wherein He lay.

7 Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

My Song is Love Unknown by Koine

King’s College Choir Version

Wonderland

“It is a person’s unquenchable thirst for wonder
That sets them on their initial quest for truth.
The more doors you open, the smaller you become.
The more places you see and the more people you meet,
The greater your curiosity grows.
The greater your curiosity, the more you will wander.
The more you wander, the greater the wonder.
The more you quench your thirst for wonder,
The more you drink from the cup of life.
The more you see and experience, the closer to truth you become.
The more languages you learn, the more truths you can unravel.
And the more countries you travel, the greater your understanding.
And the greater your understanding, the less you see differences.
And the more knowledge you gain, the wider your perspective,
And the wider your perspective, the lesser your ignorance.
Hence, the more wisdom you gain, the smaller you feel.
And the smaller you feel, the greater you become.
The more you see, the more you love —
The more you love, the less walls you see.
The more doors you are willing to open,
The less close-minded you will be.
The more open-minded you are,
The more open your heart.
And the more open your heart,
The more you will be able to
Send and receive —
Truth and TRUE
Unconditional
LOVE.”
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Spiritually Using your Camera…

Let me admit something, I do not go anyplace without a camera.  While a cell phone camera works, I usually have one of my other cameras, a Samsung or a Canon.  On a normal day, I probably take between 10-12 pictures, but other days I can take a hundred.

As I go through my pictures each day as part of my time with my Bullet Journal, I tend to pray on the pictures a bit.  I travel a lot for business now, so I seem to see different things everyday, but even when I am home, I still get inspired. Here are three days in March for me and a collage of pictures.

So take a bunch of pictures each day and pray.

March 9th, 2018

The middle series is from March 13th, 2018 and the last is from March 14th, 2018.

So my prayer today is from America the Beautiful…

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Focusing on your Future for the Creative Types

All of us will come to a point in time when we need to or want to make a change. And even some of us get forced into a change. And Lent seems to be geared to being introspective and thoughtful about your future.

“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”
― Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

A little over twenty-five years ago, Julia Cameron released the book, The Artist’s Way.   This book is a little gem of the self-help genre and is especially geared to the creative types.  And it is a workbook so you can really follow the program and not just read about someone else’s journey.

I thought I should share an amazing podcast with Vincent Pugliese, which looks at what comes out of a life crisis.  It is on the Unmistakable Creative podcast which is a favorite of mine.  I do not listen to each podcast that is broadcast, but pick and choose to be inspired.
The Profound Beauty of a Blank Canvas

And for a new podcast that might pique your interest and while it is meant to inspire girls, I think women will find the stories of inspiring women, well inspiring. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Another thing that you might need to bring back into your life, a vision board.  If you want to make a change, you may need to think about where you want to go.  Here is a good website to get started or head to Pinterest.  Vision Board how to get Started

 

Springtime in New Jersey

Its approach

tiptoes, teases

with early warmth

retreating as

winter holds on

disappointment

even longing

within me.

 

Anticipation

increases,

gradually

buds become

petals appear

blossoms burst

muted, pale

at first

then

vibrant, bold.

 

Occurrences

flowers pop up

leaves develop

seemingly

overnight

like magic

trees shelter

umbrella-like.

 

Sounds

birds calling

wind blowing

streams rustling

children’s voices

noisy cries,

laughter, glee.

 

Wonders unfolding

clouds

billow, captivate

openings

like peepholes

contrasting shades

icy or brilliant

blue.

My senses awaken

causes me

to remember

other times

when darkness

diminished,

sunbeams

enchanted.

 

Bliss

returns with

smiles and joy

my heart expands

such happenings

enthrall

hope ignites

God’s mystery

prevails,

my faith

renewed.

By Lynn Doll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully

Just suppose
I had clear sailing
flowing from
my cup
of life,
would my journey
require faith
with prayers
to sustain me?

Instead if
my experience
knew sorrow,
woe
how would I be?

If at times
angels accompanied
me through
darkness,
might this
memory
guide me
further?

Knowing absence
of light
having faced
challenges,
loss
how deeply
these
penetrate,
could this push
me to help
another
in plight?

Would learning,
having felt grace, solace
cause me
to embrace
someone
using an
understanding heart
and listening soul?

By Lynn Doll

Inspiring Talks about Living out your Dreams

Here are some inspiring stories about living out your dreams and when your life makes some unexpected turns, how you reshape your dreams:

What I learned about going blind in space from Chris Hadfield

Should you live into your resume or your eulogy? from David Brooks

Living Beyond Limits from Amy Purdy

Oh, and a bonus, have you read the commencement speech that J.K. Rowling did at Harvard a few years ago?  Here is the transcript:

J.K. Rowling on The Benefits of Failure

Some thoughts from Madeleine L’Engle

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are.”

“When we believe in the impossible, it becomes possible, and we can do all kinds of extraordinary things.”

“When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.”

“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”

“What I believe is so magnificent, so glorious, that it is beyond finite comprehension. To believe that the universe was created by a purposeful, benign Creator is one thing. To believe that this Creator took on human vesture, accepted death and mortality, was tempted, betrayed, broken, and all for love of us, defies reason. It is so wild that it terrifies some Christians who try to dogmatize their fear by lashing out at other Christians, because tidy Christianity with all answers given is easier than one which reaches out to the wild wonder of God’s love, a love we don’t even have to earn.”

The New York Times wrote a special obituary that captured the amazing life journey of the author.  Worth reading… Madeleine L’Engle Obituary

Wisdom from Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Have you ever come across quotes from Lucius Annaeus Seneca, the dramatist, philosopher, and Roman politician who lived from 5 BC – 65 AD?  Here are some of my favorites:

“If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.”

“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

“He who is brave is free.”

“Nothing is void of God, his work is everywhere his full of himself.”

“If you wished to be loved, love.”

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.”

“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”

“Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow, and loses today. You are arranging what lies in Fortune’s control, and abandoning what lies in yours. What are you looking at? To what goal are you straining? The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.”

“Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”

Want to read more of the amazing quotes from Seneca, check out the following website:  Seneca on Brainy Quote Website

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