Singing Transcends Cultures and Peoples and Time

Sing is the prompt for Five Minute Friday this week. I remembered singing this chorus in my church when I was a teen. I don’t know who wrote it, but it was on the back of our small chorus book.

Sing when the day is bright
Sing thro’ the darkest night
Every day, all the way
Let us sing! Sing! Sing!

 

Music Speaks to All

There is something about music that transcends all cultures and peoples. Click To TweetMusic can speak when you don’t know the language. And when singing isn’t possible, a smile also goes far to reach other people.

 

Singing

 

My sons love to listen to a *Japanese group and have many of their albums. They are learning the words, but even without knowing them they are drawn to this group. My youngest said he read the translation of some of the songs and found that they have hope in them. Somehow, he seemed to know that anyway, even before he read the words.

A song can brighten our spirits even when we don't feel like singing. Click To Tweet

I love to listen to music when I’m in the car whether alone or with others. When I’m alone, driving somewhere, I often put the music up loud and sing along. I’ve even been know to move a little with the music. It loosens me up and lifts my spirits.

 

 

Music Comes in Many Styles

I listen to a variety of music from Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard, Downhere, Tenth Avenue North, Michael Card, Fernando Ortega, Gungor, Switchfoot and many others. There is something about music and singing that reaches almost everyone. Click To Tweet

 

*The Japanese group is MUCC.  I’d like to share one of their popular songs called Yasashii Uta, which in English means Gentle Song. It sounds very upbeat and happy.

 

Below are a few of the lyrics translated into English. The whole translation can be found HERE.

The people who walk the streets, without change
With grim faces and a quick pace
Where are they walking off to?
What are they walking for?

Hey, please listen! Let’s stop and stand here just a bit longer.
Lalala lalala, we sing under totally different skies.

Everyone has a singing voice
Here and now, let it resound
With singing, you’ll be able to become just a little bit stronger. Let me hear it, your unique song.

We all have our own special song which is the unique story of our lives. Click To TweetMay we let our praise ring out to our glorious Lord, who gives us life and hope and carries us through even the dark days.

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Resurrection of Jesus Means Hope Will Never Die

The Resurrection of Jesus is one of the greatest events in history, but the few days before it were filled with sadness and pain. Empty is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. I thought of the emptiness the disciples must have felt when Jesus died. Click To Tweet His mother, Mary, would have been crushed as she saw him hanging there. But I like to think she knew the prophecies and held onto the hope He would rise again.

 

Resurrection Hope

 

There was darkness all around. People began to lose hope, because they thought Jesus was going to come with power to overthrow their oppressors.

People began to lose hope. Click To Tweet 

But His power was in His willingness to take the sins of the world upon his own shoulders, break sin’s hold upon us and conquer death by His resurrection.

As I pondered these thoughts I wrote the following poem during my five minutes of free write.

 

An Empty Tomb

 

Empty were their hearts

As hope seemed to be dying

Jesus breathed his last

 

Empty and afraid

Hiding in an upper room

His disciples cried

 

Empty was the tomb

On that first day of the week

Where was his body

 

Mary knelt and cried

Someone gently spoke her name

She gasped! It was He

 

Jesus had risen

Hope was very much alive

Praise His holy name

 

 

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Enough To Satisfy: How Much Does it Take

It’s time for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes without editing, using a one word prompt. I must confess that I often catch myself editing as I go. It’s also hard to stick within a five minute time limit, but I do my best. This week’s prompt is the word enough.

 
Enough

 

As I was thinking about the prompt, the following statement popped into my mind. Enough is as good as a feast. ~Mary Poppins Click To Tweet

What do you think that means? I have a feeling that it might have a little bit to do with being content with what we have.

 

Lovely table set by a friend.

 

Did you get enough to eat? There’s plenty more. Don’t go away hungry!

Those words were said by my mother and her mother before her when they served a meal. They wanted to make sure everyone had enough. Usually there was so much that we couldn’t eat another bite, and they still insisted that we were welcome to more. I do appreciate their gifts of hospitality.

Often we take for granted the things we have and end up wanting more. Click To Tweet

We think if only we had a new outfit, or if only my house was clean, or if only I could have one more hour in the day, etc., then I wouldn’t want any more. The trouble is when we think like that we will never be satisfied. We could always wish for more and never think there is enough.

 

View from my front porch one recent evening.

 

How Do We Find Contentment?

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I think giving thanks for what we have would be a good start.

I think how content we are has a lot to do with whether or not we can be satisfied. Click To Tweet

Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, because our Father knows what we need. He said in Matthew 6:33:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In scripture we see many examples where Jesus provides what is needed. His first miracle was turning water into wine, not just any wine, but the best.

Jesus Provides Enough

Another example is when there were over 5,000 people gathered who were hungry. The only food they could find were a few small loaves and some fish. Jesus blessed them, and there was not only food to go around but plenty left over. You can read this story in John 6.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12 NIV) (emphasis added)

What do you think? How can we tell when we have enough?

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Friends Are People Who Love You No Matter What Happens

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
(John 15:13 NIV)

 

friends

 

Friend is the Five Minute Friday word for this week. True friends are gifts and sometimes rare in this day and age. Jesus is the perfect example of a true friend. Click To TweetHe made the ultimate sacrifice by giving His life for you and me. That kind of love is immeasurable.

Most of us will not be asked to give our lives for our friends, but often we may make sacrifices to help them. We might bring a meal to a family who has been sick. Maybe we offer to babysit to give parents a needed date night.

There are many ways to show friendship. Click To Tweet One of the most important ways is just to be there for someone else. Sometimes we don’t even have to talk. Just the presence of another person who loves and cares can do wonders to lift the spirits of another.

Showing love and listening are also things that good friends do. A friend is someone we can count on no matter what happens.

 

Long time friends – photo taken a year ago

 

(John15:9-15)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 

 

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