Friday, May 26, 2017

A Pause for Parting Before New Beginnings

This week has put me in mind of things ending and things beginning.

On a personal note, the kids have come for their whirlwind visit before flying off to live their own productive lives again - I don't expect to see much of them until summer ends.

On a more musical and tragically public note, the bombing at the Ariana Grande concert still echoes through my heart and mind and probably will for a bit longer.

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, which causes many people to stop and remember the ones who parted from our own lives, and the soldiers who were permanently parted from friends and family as they did their patriotic duty.

Parting is bittersweet. But I have trouble lingering on the bitter side and tend to look toward the inevitable new season that occurs once the parting is over. What new adventures lie on the other side of this weekend of remembrance? I can't wait to find out.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Folkie Friday: Nothing new under the sun

As my friends bemoaned various things that have upset them (and rightly so in my mind, since I am upset by some of the recent occurrences as well), I am reminded that other generations have faced issues at least as frightening.

And since my definition of folk music is that which expresses shared values and experiences, I think this song can serve as a reminder. We have been on the eve of destruction before, and we have come through. I may not be able to trust my fellow citizens, but I can trust those who truly believe in the golden rule.  Not to do unto other before they do unto you, but as you would have them do unto you. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

And maybe, just maybe, some who think it is not their responsibility to assist those less fortunate then themselves might recall:

Matthew 25:35-40New International Version (NIV)

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (bible gateway)

And now that I am off my horse, here is today's folkie Friday selection