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Sunday, April 4, 2021

"One Man In the Name of Love ... "

 


Alleluia - he is risen - Happy Easter:) 




It's a beautiful, sunny Easter morning, here in Lexington - tulips are just budding, trees are blooming, I can hear the cardinals' spring call - life renewing itself, stretching up its arms towards the light :)   

Later, we're going to fully appreciate it by going for a hike in the church that is nature :)

This year's Easter also coincides with the 53rd anniversary of Sunday morning, April 4th, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee - the date another good man lost his life in the name of the love of Christ for all humanity - Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 






Thus, in honor of both men who died in the name of love, Christ and MLK, I'm presenting  U2's  "Pride in the Name of Love" today,  :)





One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come, he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed on an empty beach.
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

(nobody like you...)

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love...




No, Christ may not be HERE, here anymore -  but he's still here - if you look in the right places and in the right faces :)


The following song was written when the author was sitting in his car in the country, contemplating suicide.  At the time, he says there were no signs of what to do, no way out of his situation, no signs that God cared.

Then a thunderstorm popped up.  At first he thought, "Great, perfect.  Yep, that's what life is like, one big thunderstorm. No peace even at my death."

Then, very quickly, he was distracted by the beauty and the power of the lightning, lighting up the sky, in a natural fireworks display :)


The video itself reflects three stories;  a man laid off from work, a woman given a terminal cancer diagnosis, and a woman at her attorney's office, whose husband is divorcing her.

In each of the three situations, someone leaves a single Roman candle firework for them, with a note to tell them to light it at midnight. 

At midnight, they each launch the firework, thinking they are completely alone - and then notice other fireworks are going up all around the city from everyone else who received one.

No, rescue didn't come - but they were definitely not alone - and God is all around you, if you look in the right places - even if nothing more than in intelligently-designed creation itself :) 



 


When I'm feeling all alone
With so far to go
The signs are nowhere on this road
Guiding me home
When the night is closing in
Is falling on my skin
Oh God, will you come close
You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me that you are with me
And I, I, I can't deny
No I can't deny that you are right here with me
You've opened my eyes
So I can see you all around me
You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me that you are with me
When stars are hiding in the clouds
I don't feel them shining
When I can't see beyond my doubt
The silver lining
When I've almost reached the end
Like a flood you're rushing in
Your love is rushing in (your love is rushing in)
You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me that you are with me
And I, I, I can't deny
No I can't deny that you are right here with me
You've opened my eyes
So I can see you all around me
You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me that you are with me
So I'll run straight into your arms
You're the bright and morning sun
To show your love there's nothin' you won't do (nothin' you won't do)

You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me that you are with me
And I, I, I can't deny
No I can't deny that you are right here with me
You've opened my eyes
So I can see you all around me
You light, light, light up the sky
You light up the sky to show me that you are with me

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