Category Archives: Happiness and Kindness
Dear friends and visitors,
Here’s wishing all a safe and blessed holiday.
One of my favorite movies is Risen. It’s a movie about a Roman Tribune named Clavius who is tasked by Pilot to find the body of the crucified Christ that is no longer in the tomb, and before the three days predicted that he would rise from the dead.
Clavius sets out to find the followers of Yeshua for them to tell him where they have hidden the body. Instead, Clavius finds more than he anticipated — a man who he ordered killed and saw dead, alive again.
Below is a video interview of Cliff Curtis who played Yeshua in the movie. When asked about his preparations to play the role of Jesus the Christ, Curtis said that he didn’t want to talk about or preach love and peace — he wanted to be love and peace.
Following that video is a scene from the movie that I enjoy, and hope that you will too.
Bryan Duncan is another one of those artists who, back in the 1980’s, introduced Contemporary Christian music. It witnessed the love, hope and faith of our Creator, and gave the younger generation an alternative to heavy metal and heavy rock.
Bryan Duncan leaned toward jazz and many of his songs reveal his talent in that genre.
You might recognize the first song, Maybe I’m Amazed, which is a cover of Paul McCartney’s song of the same title.
Here’s wishing everyone a safe week.
The following videos are among some of my favorite inspirational music. I grew up in church where the music was uplifting. I also grew up listening to Blues and Jazz.
Around 1983, I discovered The Allies. Some of you might have heard the name Bob Carlisle, and might be familiar with his award-winning song “Butterfly Kisses.” But did you know that long before then, Bob was lead singer for The Allies? I happen to own every album they made — on (ahem) cassette tape. Yes, I still have several cassette tape players.
The first video is a remake of the song Manish Boy by Muddy Waters. The Allies brought the Blues into Contemporary Gospel Music.
The next two videos are by Mike Farris. The website, Mike Farris Music, says about Mike that “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not.”
The second video is Mike’s rendition of the James Taylor song You Got A Friend. The third video is Mike shaking the house with This Little Light of Mine. Mike’s music awards include the 2008 American Music Award for new and emerging artist; 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
I hope you enjoy the songs and are inspired to keep following the path of love and hope. Now, please excuse me while I grab my tambourine. Read the rest of this entry
This is the way of peace:
Overcome evil with good,
falsehood with truth,
and hatred with love.
I love movies. When it comes to war movies, I’m seen many and some I really liked, but never want to watch again. Saving Private Ryan is one such movie.
When I heard of the Academy Award nominations for 2017, there were movies that caught my attention. Hacksaw Ridge was one such movie. It is categorized as a war movie, directed by Mel Gibson. In other movies he directed, Gibson likes to show the horror of reality. In The Passion, he showed spurting blood from the hands of Jesus as the nails were driven in. In Braveheart, Gibson did not shy away from showing the use of swords to cut off the legs of horses ridden by the English army. It brought their soldiers to the ground, making combat more equal.
A war movie directed by Gibson would have to be brutally bloody. However, the war itself is not the main theme in Hacksaw Ridge. The main theme is a man – a real man, a Pacifist, and his struggle to serve in the Army as a combat medic while staying committed to his faith.
I rented Hacksaw Ridge through On Demand and I watched. I watched again, and again. Desmond Doss captivated me. As a Pacifist, he was misunderstood. I can relate to that.
On April 1, 1942, Desmond Doss joined the United States Army. It was just after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and Desmond wanted to serve his country – the United States, saving lives. He was 23-years old; a skinny native of Virginia with a southern drawl. In Desmond’s mind, God said, “If you love me, you won’t kill.”
When he voluntarily enlisted, he was assured that he would be assigned to a medic company and because of his Seventh Day Adventist belief in Saturday being the Sabbath, he was told that belief would be honored.
Instead, Desmond was assigned to an infantry rifle company. His commanding officers wanted to get rid of him. They intimidated him, and assigned him to extra duties. They even tried to court martial him for refusing a direct order to carry a rifle. But, they failed to toss him out, and he refused to leave.
His fellow soldiers ostracized and bullied him. Because he refused to touch a gun, they called him a coward. Desmond believed in the Golden Rule and never held a grudge. When the men got blisters on their feet, Desmond had a way of healing them. When they fainted from heat stroke, he was at their side with his own canteen. Read the rest of this entry
This might touch someone today. Earth, Wind and Fire – Keep Your Head To The Sky
“Glory” is a song written and performed by Common and John Legend. It was the theme song from the 2013 movie Selma, which is about the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama. Glory won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and a Grammy at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
Rachael has been a supporter of this blog going back to 2012. She was a strong advocate for justice for Trayvon Martin, and she has a sensitive heart that loves and desires equality for all.
Yesterday, Rachael contacted me. She has a health issue that placed her in the hospital and required surgery. There’s a chance that she will be released from the hospital today, but she still has a road to go before being fully recovered.
I asked for, and received her approval to post this, and ask that you send positive thoughts her way and if you’re a praying person, pray for her healing, strength, and encouragement. We love you, Rachael.
Let’s send forth positive thoughts and for praying people, prayers for peace, healing and life.
One of my favorite movies is The Fighting Temptations. Here’s a video of one of the uplifting songs from that movie.
Happy Sunday, and here’s hoping that joy will fill your heart.
Have you ever awakened with a song going through your head? It’s an old song and although you remember some words, it’s the chorus that sticks with you? Well, that happened to me. The line, “All I know, all I know is love will save the day” stayed with me for hours. So, I looked up the song on Youtube and found it.
It’s by British Artist Des’ree and was released in 1994, but it’s message is timeless. The title often gets confused with a Whitney Houston song “Love Will Save The Day,” but it is actually titled “You Gotta Be.”
In sharing it with you, I hope that it brightens your day – indeed, your week! Remember to tell those you love that you love them. There is power in those words.
Happy Resurrection Day.
Rejuvenate someone’s life today with kind words or an act of kindness.
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small.
Hope that this week finds you healthy and happy, and not yet fed up with politics, politics, and more politics. There are several things I have to do in the next few days, so I might not be able to blog on any particular issue that comes up in the news. We can use this open thread to discuss anything; up-date anything.
I found a few very interesting stories. In the first, Taylor Thyfault was a cadet in police training who was hit and killed during a high-speed chase in May 2015. Since then, his mother has been texting his old phone as a way to deal with her grief. She never expected a text back. Here’s the video. Read the rest of this entry