Way back in 2010, I posted a video of myself singing and playing the piano and I said that videos of my musical abilities would be a regular occurrence. Surprise, surprise, I didn't keep my promise. At least not until today! I was asked to sing the song, "Come and Find the Quiet Center" at my church on Sunday and I think the words are actually very applicable to what I am currently dealing with. Here are the words:
1 Come and find the quiet center
in the crowded life we lead,
find the room for hope to enter,
find the frame where we are freed:
clear the chaos and the clutter,
clear our eyes, that we can see
all the things that really matter,
be at peace, and simply be.
2 Silence is a friend who claims us,
cools the heat and slows the pace,
God it is who speaks and names us,
knows our being, touches base,
making space within our thinking,
lifting shades to show the sun,
raising courage when we're shrinking,
finding scope for faith begun.
A video of me singing it is below. (I'm sorry that blogspot did something slightly odd with my voice. I might record myself using a different method next time.)
3 In the Spirit let us travel,
open to each other's pain,
let our loves and fears unravel,
celebrate the space we gain:
there's a place for deepest dreaming,
there's a time for heart to care,
in the Spirit's lively scheming
there is always room to spare!
the “gleeful masochism” of academia is in fact a profoundly ableist cultural norm.
There is a lot wrong with the way we spread and internalize information. Rape exists everywhere. Rape plagues people’s lives everywhere and that doesn’t let America off the hook. So, can we stop presenting other countries as “third world” and “uncivilized,” especially when we refuse to acknowledge similar atrocities affecting people right here?
Just because the face in power looks like yours, does not mean that they are on your side.