And that is all.

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue...

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3

You must leave now, take what you need,
what you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep,
you better grab it fast
Yonder stands your orphan with his gun
Crying like a fire in the sun
Look out the saints are comin’ through
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue
The highway is for gamblers,
better use your sense
Take what you have gathered from coincidence
The empty-handed painter from your streets
Is drawing crazy patterns on your sheets
This sky, too, is folding under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue
All your seasick sailors, they are rowing home
All your reindeer armies, are all going home
The lover who just walked out your door
Has taken all his blankets from the floor
The carpet, too, is moving under you
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue
Leave your stepping stones behind,
something calls for you
Forget the dead you’ve left,
they will not follow you
The vagabond who’s rapping at your door
Is standing in the clothes that you once wore
Strike another match, go start anew
And it’s all over now, Baby Blue

Whipping Post

But go and learn what this means:
‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
~ Matthew 9

Friday, July 1, 2011

Seven Nation Army

Our GOD, will you not judge them?
For we have no power
to face this vast army that is attacking us.
We do not know what to do,
but our eyes are on you...
~ 2 Chronicles 20

When Clay Hunt returned home to Texas after two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the struggle didn’t end. Tormented by flashbacks and post-traumatic stress, he sought medical help from the Department of Veteran Affairs – but faced a pile of paperwork. While waiting for help, he turned his energy towards helping his fellow veterans, raising money for the wounded and appearing in public service announcements for veterans struggling, like him, with the psychological trauma of war.

Hunt took his own life on March 31, 2011. His disability checks arrived five weeks later.

Spending for Seroquel by the government's military medical systems has increased more than sevenfold since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

That by far outpaces the growth in personnel who have gone through the system in that time.

Helter Skelter

Photograph by David Bailey

The LORD will send on you
curses, confusion and rebuke
in everything you put your hand to,
until you are destroyed
and come to sudden ruin
because of the evil you have done
in forsaking him...
~ Deuteronomy 28

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Want You

May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
~ Psalm 20

Say Yes

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me, for I have redeemed you...
~ Isaiah 44

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

We Believe That We Can't Be Wrong

I too will have my say;
I too will tell what I know.
For I am full of words,
and the spirit within me compels me;
inside I am like bottled-up wine,
like new wineskins ready to burst.
I must speak and find relief;
I must open my lips and reply.
I will show partiality to no one,
nor will I flatter any man;
for if I were skilled in flattery,
my Maker would soon take me away.
~ Job 32

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm Alive

I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end
he will stand upon the earth.
~ Job 19

I Need You

Yet I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, Oh GOD.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Oh LORD, do not delay.
~ Psalm 70

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Other George

Sir George Henry Martin

Those who were musicians,
heads of Levite families,
stayed in the rooms of the temple
and were exempt from other duties
because they were responsible
for the work day and night.
~ 1 Chronicles 9

Four thousand are to be gatekeepers
and four thousand are to praise the LORD
with the musical instruments
I have provided for that purpose
~ 1 Chronicles 23

In Our Private Universe

Like an apple tree
among the trees of the forest
is my lover among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
He has taken me to the banquet hall,
and his banner over me is love...
~ Song of Solomon 2

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Not The Girl You Think You Are

On the day of the festival of our king
the princes become inflamed with wine,
and he joins hands with the mockers.
Their hearts are like an oven;
they approach him with intrigue.
Their passion smolders all night;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
All of them are hot as an oven;
they devour their rulers.
All their kings fall,
and none of them calls on me.
~ Hosea 7