Mary’s Song – Video Remix

For this first Sunday in Advent, I offer a video remix of Mary’s Song, a piano rendition of a setting of the Magnificat I shared quite some time back.  Grace and peace to you…

dw

 

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Between God and a Hard Place

Las Vegas. Puerto Rico. Syria. Myanmar. Violence. Destruction. I think many of us feel we or our loved ones are “between a rock and a hard place” these days – so much going on, so much suffering, so much destruction.  These times can make us wonder if God is really there.  I believe God really is there, for each one of us, in every situation, no matter how bad it may seem.  We are always between God and a hard place.  God is always an option for us.  Are we willing to lean in to those strong, loving, everlasting arms, no matter what?

(This music was first posted in May, 2016 – New music – Between God and a Hard Place)

We are Bosnia

This idea started in the ’90s during the Bosnia conflict – seems quite appropriate in our time, too.

We Are Bosnia
Words and music by dw, copyright © 2017

We are Bosnia,
We are Jerusalem,
We are Ireland,
You and me.
We have hearts that won’t heal,
Arms raised in rage;
We can’t outlive our memories.
We can’t outlive our memories.

(Instrumental verse)

Heaven, won’t you grant us your peace?
God, why don’t you take this hate away?
Are we never gonna let our anger cease?
Oh…   Oh…
Oh…   Oh…

We are Bosnia
in our families.
Jerusalem
in our neighborhoods,
We are Ireland
in our schoolyards;
We can’t outlive our memories.

Heaven, won’t you grant us your peace?
God, why don’t you take this hate away?
Are we never gonna let our anger cease?
Oh…   Oh…
Oh…   Oh…

We are Bosnia, we are Bosnia, we are Bosnia, we are Bosnia…

New music – Have You Not Seen?

A meditation based on the traditional hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”.

 

The words are by Joachim Neander, translated by Catherine Winkworth.  Two of the verses that are never included in modern hymnals seem almost eerily appropriate for our current times.  I have included below all seven verses listed on cyberhymnal.org.

hymnary.org does a nice job of providing background and full texts from just about every hymnal imaginable.

Grace and peace to you…

dw

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.

 

New music – Lamb of God

Here is a piano version (shortened) of a worship song that is a setting of the Agnus Dei.

These are the words:

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world;
grant us your peace.

Grace and peace to you…

dw

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