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Let Him In

Who is God to you? Is He a name you heard about at Sunday School? Maybe your Grandparents mentioned Him around the dinner table? Is He the character you saw played by Morgan Freeman in “Bruce Almighty”?

To some people God is a list of rules, that can never be kept.

To others God is a name they call on when life is very difficult.

And to others, God is a Father figure who has given up on them a long time ago because they just can’t seem to get their act together, whatever that means… 

…because no one has their act together.  You might think they do, but humankind measures and compares, and we all fall short.

Please don’t wait around until you have your life in perfect order before you let God in. Let Him in right now in the middle of this imperfect reality.

Let Him in despite what you have heard others say, despite what you decided yesterday. Let Him in even if you’re scared He might require something of you, even if it means someone might say “I told you so”.

He will help you get to know who He is, and who you really are, and give you the peace and direction you need to maneuver in this very strange place called life.

Let Him in.

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Once Upon a Christmas Past…

Once upon a Christmas Past…

Struggling with pneumonia, I laboured to pull out the piano bench quietly. Once seated my right foot found the middle peddle, and pushed it down to the left to lock it in place. This way I could play and not disturb anyone’s sleep. It was the middle of the night. Only the street light’s glow on a fresh fallen blanket of snow lit the keys before me.

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Christmas was coming, and I had been too sick to do any shopping or baking. Little did I know that a song would be my gift to those I loved.

“Seasons come and seasons go, and every year the sight of snow, threatens to paralyze my soul. Christmas finds me questioning your gifts of joy and suffering and memories send me off in search of hope.”

My parent’s marriage had its ups and downs. When they divorced Christmas was never the same. I know now that Christmas does not hinge on humanity’s imperfect state.

As I wrote at the piano, their pain and mine, of never being a whole family again, flowed out of my heart and onto the page. Mysteriously, for every sorrow a remedy followed. Each melodic, aching admission turned into a revelation of hope.

“I am weaker than most; you came to a manger. I am broken to the bone; you were pierced for a stranger. The past has left its mark, but Christmas heals the heart with memories of a child who offers hope.”

The next day I printed the song onto fancy paper and fashioned small pillows with pockets, from scraps in my sewing closet. Each pocket was sized to hold a copy of the song.

When Christmas day arrived, our family drove almost two hours north to my sister’s place for dinner. Unfortunately I was still very short of breath, so I attended the festivities in my pajamas. Like Linus from ‘Charlie Brown’, I toted a blanket behind me. Although my ‘song pillow’ gift to everyone was small, I trusted they too would be lifted by the musical revelation of hope God had inspired.

Cindy Palin

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Lyric Typography

Recently I found a[clickandtweet handle=”” hashtag=”” related=”” layout=”” position=””] song lyric in typography form[/clickandtweet] on Pinterest, and wanted to try creating an art piece with some of my original song lyrics. Last week I posted a song called “Freedom FrFreedom From the Truth is..om the Truth is..”. My typography work is using verse two of that song. I used Adobe Photoshop 11.0, and tried to introduce my brand of pink, which I use in most of my song quote work.