Let’s commence

I LOVE COMMENCEMENT SPEECHES.

Said no one ever.

You know how they can be.  Cliches abound.  Leftover fortune cookie one liners. Enthusiasm overkill. Extra cheese. Fake applause.  Repeat.

But we must keep having commencement speeches because you never know when one like this will come along.

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The line I can’t stop thinking about:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

And since you probably just read through those words and didn’t pay close enough attention, let me repeat them:

The measure of our compassion lies not in our service of those in the margins but only in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.

To be fair, this wasn’t the commencement speech.  But it was graduation.  People were commencing.

It’s easy to check box community service; you can tell by how easy it is to get it over with.  It’s something a lot holier to see someone else with Godly eyes and care, so much so that you see your lives connected.  So, get to commencing.

Stay blessed…john

A good bad lip reading

 

I don’t think I’ve watched one of these that I haven’t laughed at.  Oh, and don’t think I haven’t considered doing one for church.  Just think about what all those people are saying during worship 😉

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Stay blessed…john

Eim Eshkachech | Music Monday

Gloria and I like to watch foreign films.  It’s intriguing to glimpse into other cultures.

A few years ago we watched (through Netflix, I believe) Fill the Void.  It is a Hebrew film about a young woman who is pressured into marrying her late sister’s husband.  There’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the idea.  I think you’ll be captivated by the movie, but it’s the music that I remember.

Specifically, the song I am sharing today is one that bounces around in my mind from time to time.  It is based on Psalm 137:

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy.

You may not understand Hebrew; I’m limited. But you can listen to the song, read the passage and be inspired.

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Stay blessed…john

A New Year | Music Monday

Admittedly, I’m probably late to the party.  I don’t know that I had heard of 92nd Street Y.  But it only took one video to change that.  Here is an excerpt from their website:

92nd Street Y is a world-class cultural and community center where people all over the world connect through culture, arts, entertainment and conversation. For over 140 years, we have harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives, and the power of community to repair the world.

As a proudly Jewish organization, 92Y enthusiastically welcomes and reaches out to people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds while embracing Jewish values like learning and self-improvement, the importance of family, the joy of life, and giving back to our wonderfully diverse and growing community, both locally and around the world.

There is no other place like 92Y.

Yesterday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  This song was recorded by 92Y as a new year blessing. In We Are the World fashion, various artists from around the world shared in creating this blessing. And what a blessing it is!

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I know I’ll be playing this again come New Year’s Day.

May this be a year of love and kindness.
May strangers come to be friends.
May truth and compassion always guide us.
Amen.

May this be a year of hope and healing
for all of those in need.
May all of our deeds be a blessing.
Amen

A new year, a good year, a chance to start all over
A new year, a sweet year, a chance to bring us closer

May this be a year of selfless giving.
May this be a year of peace.
And may we forgive and be forgiven.
Amen.

A new year, a good year, a chance to start all over
A new year, a sweet year, a chance to bring us closer
A new year, a good year, a chance to start all over
A new year, a sweet year, a chance to bring us closer

Closer to the ones we love
a world that we can be proud of
as long as there are stars above
there comes a new year
Amen

 

Stay blessed…john