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Some Children See Him

December 17, 2021
Some children see him lily white,
The baby jesus born this night,
Some children see him lily white,
With tresses soft and fair.

Some children see him bronzed and brown,
The lord of heav'n to earth come down;
Some children see him bronzed and brown,
With dark and heavy hair.

Some children see him almond-eyed,
This savior whom we kneel beside,
Some children see him almond-eyed,
With skin of yellow hue.

Some children see him dark as they,
Sweet Mary's son to whom we pray,
Some children see him dark as they,
And, ah! they love him, too!

The children in each diff'rent place
Will see the baby Jesus' face
Like theirs, but bright with heav'nly grace,
And filled with holy light.

O lay aside each earthly thing,
And with thy heart as offering,
Come worship now the infant king.
'tis love that's born tonight!
Alfred Burt and Wihla Hutson
Performed by James Taylor
From the album James Taylor At Christmas 
1951

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

December 16, 2021
Traditional
Performed by Enya
From the album And Winter Came...

Kent, Ohio

December 15, 2021
Bob Humphrey
Kent State University School of Art
2021

Get Back

December 14, 2021
Directed by Peter Jackson
2021

Across The Universe (2021 Mix)

December 13, 2021
John Lennon
From the album Let It Be Super Deluxe
1969

Old Brown Shoe

December 12, 2021
George Harrison
Old Brown Shoe (Take 2), performed by The Beatles
From Abbey Road Super Deluxe Edition
1969

I'll Be Home For Christmas

December 11, 2021
Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Performed by Camila Cabello
1943

Christmas Time Is Here

December 10, 2021
Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi
Performed by Diana Krall
From the album Christmas Songs
1965

Home To Me

December 9, 2021
Amanda Shires
From the album For Christmas
Amanda Shires performs “Home to Me” live backstage at the Ryman Auditorium with Jason Isbell
2021

Kent, Ohio

December 8, 2021
Bob Humphrey
Kent State University
2021

Autumn Walk (In The Veltrusky Park)

December 7, 2021
Antonín Slavíček
1896

River

December 6, 2021
Joni Mitchell
From the album Blue
1971

Roswell, Georgia

December 5, 2021
Bob Humphrey
2021

The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

December 4, 2021

Faces #13

December 3, 2021
Photo by Prince Akachi on Unsplash

Ljubljana, Slovenia

December 2, 2021

Au Lido

December 1, 2021
George Barbier

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library


1920

Deconstructing Prayer (Part 2)

November 30, 2021
So, what are the kinds of prayer that do “work” for us? This is what we came up with:

*Alignment prayers – This is when we sit in silence and “know” God’s presence; becoming in tune with the Divine to see what God is already doing in the world around us, and within our own life. Sounds like: “…..” [silence]

*Letting go – When our prayers revolve around surrendering our need to control, or coerce, or manipulate God, or reality, or anyone else. Sounds like: “Yes, God…” or “Your will be done.”

*Gratitude – When we simply stop and thank God for every simple blessing, small miracle and beautiful sunrise/sunset we experience each and every day. Sounds like: “Thank you God for…” [fill in the blank]

*Empathy – This is when we enter into the suffering and sorrow of another person simply because we realize that God’s heart also breaks for those who suffer and weep. Sounds like: [insert sounds of weeping here]

*Transformation – When our inner tuning fork resonates with the heart of God and we simply rest in the process of being transformed – slowly but surely – into the image of Christ. This could involve an agreement with the need for us to ask forgiveness, or to receive mercy, or to show mercy to others or extend forgiveness to those who have harmed us. Sounds like: [groanings that words cannot express]

Deconstructing Prayer

November 29, 2021
Well, based on a recent conversation I had with some of the beautiful people in our Square 1 community on this topic, here’s what we determined.

Kinds of prayer that don’t “work” for most of us:

*Begging prayers – Prayers that plead with God to care as if God doesn’t already care. Sounds like: “God heal my friend, please rescue my friends who are in trouble,…”, etc.

*Prayers that substitute for action – This is when we fire up a prayer asking God to do acts of kindness to others so we don’t have to stop and do anything compassionate ourselves. Sounds like: “God bless that beggar on the corner as I drive on by…”

*Wish list prayers – When we just pray for God to give us things we want. Sounds like: “God give me a new job, a new car, a new blessing…”, etc.

*Identity-swap prayers – This is when our prayers assume that God only cares about the things that we also care about. Sounds like: “God please let my favorite team with the championship…”, etc.

Townscape. Women Soliciting Travellers

November 28, 2021
Utagawa Hiroshige
1833