everything is holy now

[OK – this is the last in this January series of song excerpts. This one has become a particular favourite over the past few years]:

When holy water was rare at best
It barely wet my fingertips
But now I have to hold my breath
Like I’m swimming in a sea of it
It used to be a world half there
Heaven’s second rate hand-me-down
But I walk it with a reverent air
‘Cause everything is holy now

come healing

[Remembering some Leonard Cohen:]

Behold the gates of mercy
In arbitrary space
And none of us deserving
The cruelty or the grace

O solitude of longing
Where love has been confined
Come healing of the body
Come healing of the mind

the stronger call of what you really love

[2nd in a series of song excerpts – a January project]:

But if you’re drifting away
If it’s falling apart
Let yourself,
be quietly drawn by the stronger call of what you really love
Let your soul
The one that you brought with you safe to this moment in time
Whisper to your fears
And wrestle with the noise of this night, for you

lonely together

[For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing excerpts from favourite songs. Here is the first – I’m sure some of you will relate. I hope there is some “together” in your loneliness:]

If you’re lost and you’re lonely
Go and figure out why
Take a trip to your darkside
Go on and have a good cry
‘Cause we’re all lonely
Yeah, we’re all lonely together….

all I want for Christmas…

Building communities that practice understanding, loving-kindness and compassion may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of our world.

  • Thich Nhat Hanh