GHSotW

(This is a really powerful song, at least to me. The music is just beautiful, and greatly enhances the words. I’m still working on those mp3’s…)

Communion

Here we sit in the church(ed)
Listening to your words
Of wisdom, while we search
For meaning in the church

And some man I’ve never met
Pray you’ll remember?
You said you’d forgive and forget
Forgive and forget
Forget all the weaknesses
And empty heads
We take advantage of time
With the wine and the bread

With just a pinch, just a sip
Of Jesus, if you please
Just a pinch, just a sip
Is plenty for me

Are we blind
To act so cold
To a Savior who did everything
That his Father foretold?

It’s a heartache
Waiting for death
We pass the plates and the time
While we pass our regrets

With just a pinch, just a sip
Of Jesus, if you please
Just a pinch, just a sip
But your tears don’t find release

We finish our meal
With time to spare
But if you look at hearts
Is there anyone there?
Is there anyone there?

(interlude)

Here we sit in the church(ed)
Listening to our words
Of wisdom, while you search
For meaning in the church

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Flowers

(As performed by Glorify Him)

Alone there in my room
Considering the day gone by
And there I open my heart
And then I think, I know
You hear my cry

And every time I come to you
I wish that I could say that I truly believe

And after all the times
That I’ve doubted everything I’ve prayed for
Well, answers keep on popping up like flowers everywhere
You’d think I’d learn
You’d think I’d understand
You’d think I would begin to simply trust

Distracted and confused
Undermined by my own fears
Neglecting all the truths I’ve learned
And now I need you Lord to wipe away these tears

I seem to underestimate
The power of control that you have in my life

And after all the times
That I’ve doubted everything I’ve prayed for
Well, answers keep on popping up like flowers everywhere
You’d think I’d learn
You’d think I’d understand
You’d think I would begin to simply trust

You’d think I would believe
That not a word would go unheard
And every answer that I am searching for
Within my life is just one breath away

Alone there in my room
Considering the day gone by
There I open up my heart
And then I know, I’m sure
You hear my cry

Updation Station

Let’s see… What’s happening in the life of the gourd?

All forecasts predict this will be a heavy semester of homework and large doses of reading, followed by scattered showers in the afternoon. But seriously, my professors are really piling it on this time. I guess that’s what you should expect in the last legs.

Some interesting developments on the church front: Last night was game night, and Stella and I had a really good time. Today we went and visited a gentleman at the nursing home across the street, and hopefully Wednesday we’ll get to go serve people at the Ronald McDonald House. In other words, we’re starting to get more involved. Woot!

Stella and I are also going hiking Monday, following last year’s precedent. Is this perhaps a new tradition? We’re gonna go see Foster Falls, which will hopefully have at least a little water running down, but it’s hard to say with this weather.

Speaking of weather, there’s a high-pressure system developing here in my room, especially this one lab report I need to write up, so I will bid farewell for now. That and my room looks like a tornado hit it. Maybe I’ll work on that, too.

Coming soon, to a Gourd near you!

Presenting a new weekly GourdSpeak (TM) feature:

The GH Song of the Week
(Oooooohhh, Aaaaaahhhhh…)

This week’s song:

Everyone’s Happy

Everyone’s happy ’cause everyone’s free
To do what you like and to do as you please
You sit in your homes and you watch your TV’s
But you’re always too busy to think about me

I stood alone beneath the lonely sky
Nothing to eat as the tables passed me by
They say I’m crazy and they tell me that I lie
No-one can listen if no-one will hear
You’d rather smile than to show any fear

Everyone’s happy ’cause everyone’s free
To do what you like and to do as you please
You sit in your homes and you watch your TV’s
But you’re always too busy to think about me

Some of my friends were prostitutes and thieves
Yes they were sinners, you see different degrees
But to my Father, you’re just killin’ me
At least they will listen to what they hear
You’d rather smile than to show any fear

Everyone’s happy ’cause everyone’s free
To do what you like and to do as you please
You sit in your homes and you watch your TV’s
But you’re always too busy to think about me

Oh, I was beaten and blood ran down beside
With tempting to take away my pride
When it was over I allowed myself to die
So maybe you’d listen and maybe you’d hear
You’d rather smile than to show any fear

Everyone’s happy ’cause everyone’s free
To do what you like and to do as you please
You sit in your homes and you watch your TV’s
But you’re always too busy to think about me

I’ll see about posting the mp3’s of these songs as we go. There may be legal issues to grapple with… Feel free to post thoughts and reflections on these songs. This one (musically) has a very light-hearted and fun sound to it which gives nice a satirical effect, especially in the chorus. Think of Dr. Lavender reading Revelation to Don’t Worry, Be Happy.

“Look, look! It’s — moving!”

Indeed I am. Sorry for not updating sooner.

Has anyone else seen Spirited Away? It’s a very cool film and I highly recommend it. Kind of like a Japanese Alice in Wonderland. It has some really cool commentary on life and people and free-enterprise systems. Like Chihiro’s parents, for instance. In the spirit-world, they’re transformed into pigs and thereby become typical, un-unique, mindless consumers. There are some good environmental themes, too. But No-Face is my favorite character. (Note: the thoughts on No-Face are mostly credited to Jacob.) He is pretty much ignored most of the movie, except by Sen. Inside the bath-house, No-Face tries to gain friendship by giving things (mostly gold) to the characters, and as such, curries much favor. But this backfires, since the characters only care about him for his gold, and No-Face becomes a devouring monster. Only Sen can stand up to him, which she does by refusing his materialistic offerings, saying simply that she doesn’t need any. No-Face returns to his old state, and they become friends. In the end, he was just lonely. I think No-Face represents a lot of people who get ignored or are overlooked most of the time. But enough from me. Go see it yourself, if you haven’t yet!