...was the reading tonight at church. I had so many songs in my head, I couldn't pick just one to share with you. Jazzing on our way out to God has Chosen Me
, with bongo drums, horns, violins, guitar and piano, it felt like a concert, even without the full weight of the usual choir. I guess people had other things to do-some sort of sporting event, or something. Not sure, because I had no skin in the game. I got to thinking about this reading that everyone uses for their wedding.."Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But, where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; the we shall see our God, face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But , the greatest of these is love."
The song that most comes to mind at weddings is Wherever You Go, by David Haas [one of my favorite contemporary liturgical composers]. It really hits home about the marriage 'contract' of "Wherever you go, I will go, Your people will be my people. Wherever you lie, I'll lie there beside you, Wherever you go, I'll be there."
Here is a rendition of it that is pretty good, but the singers seem a little nervous. Shut your eyes so you won't be distracted by the movement and you will get the jist of it. Play it a couple of times and listen carefully to the pact in the making.
Why I think of this tonight is, our little Jacob is in the hospital and had surgery today. I think about his folks who take turns staying with him, praying, and hoping for a healthy outcome. In the course of marriage, if you think everyday about the ties that bind you, and the serious events that could break you, it never hurts to dust off the old commitment promise and give it a re-run.
One of my sister's heifer's calved tonight in West Virginia. Last I heard, they were trying to get the baby to stand. The sex has yet to be determined, but the name in play was Raven. Being that it's feast of St. Blase, (the patron saint of throats), I think it should be Blazin Raven. Good thing it's not the feast of St. Francis(co).
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