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.

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

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.

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


Stay blessed…john

Just keep listening, just keep listening

If following God seems strange to you sometimes, you’re not alone. Let’s be honest. This Jesus stuff is other worldly. But if we would learn to follow where God’s Spirit leads us, we’ll experience the joy God intends for us–no, not Matt Damon!

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Texans get it

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

–Luke 18:9-14

You watched the video. You read the parable. What else is there for me to say?

Stay blessed…john

What did 1,500 pages of office supplies remind me?

“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, 20by loving the LORD your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.”

–Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Stay blessed…john