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Mark Lowry

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Inspired by Colleen’s Writer’s Quote Wednesday and Ronovan’s BeWoW,   as well as December’s traditional observance of the birth of Jesus Christ, I chose Mark Lowry singer, song writer and comic to quote.

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I know, this doesn’t mention Christmas. Here Lowry talks about the foundation of our belief, love for one another, and the principle of minding our own business, not judging. Jesus came into this world because he loved us so much.

Mary Did You Know by Mark Lowry preformed by one of my favorite group The Pentatonix

The story behind the song:

“In 1984, Jerry Falwell called and asked me to write the program for their next Living Christmas Tree.

As I wrote the ‘speaking parts’ I began to think about Mary. I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth.

In a conversation with my mother, I remember she said, ‘If anyone on earth knew for sure that Jesus was virgin born — Mary knew!’ That was a profound statement that stuck with me.

One thing they couldn’t take from Mary was that she knew her Child was not ordinary…

As my mind went back to the manger scene, I began to think about the power, authority and majesty she cradled in her arms. Those little lips were the same lips that had spoken worlds into existence. All of those things were contained in the young child lying quietly on her bosom. Even now, he was the very one who had given life to his mother, Mary.

I began writing a list of questions I would like to ask Mary if I could sit down with her — questions such as, ‘Mary, do you know who is in your arms?’

‘Did you know the one who holds creation together, and the one who holds you together is lying helpless in the manger?’

‘Did you know that your baby boy will walk on water, give sight to a blind man and calm a storm at sea with his hand?’”

Lowry carried his lyrics with him for the next seven years. In 1991, he asked his good friend, Buddy Greene, to write suitable music for his poem.

Greene told me in an interview, “Mark handed me his lyrics, and I held on to them for about two weeks. One day I pulled them out and looked at them. They seemed to suggest a minor key approach to writing an accompaniment. I completed the musical setting in about 30 minutes. I called Mark at his home in Georgia and on the phone played and sang the song to him. He was ecstatic! He said, ‘That’s it!’

Two weeks later. we met in Mark’s hotel room in Nashville where we recorded the song on a small portable machine. It was then taken to Michael English who was preparing to make an album. He was the first person to record “Mary, Did You Know?”

Many other popular singers have since recorded it. Kenny Rogers, the country artist and Kathleen Battle, the opera star are two singers that have carried it to the studio. Kathy Mattea sang it at a gathering in the White House.” From The St. Augustine Record interview with Mark Lowry.

Only the Good Die Young

Colleen hosts a wonderful challenge each week called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. It is an opportunity to present a quote that made an impact on me.

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I chose a quote that expands on an ancient quote, “Whom the gods love dies,” found in the writing of the Greek historian Herodotus in History c. 445 B.C. The most recent version is credited to William Wordsworth in The Excursion, “The good die first, And they whose hearts are dry as summer dust burn, Burn to the socket.

I went on this search because I was thinking about a Simon and Garfunkel song:

It is so sad to lose someone young. Those of us who have someone we love deeply to pass know that pain and sorrow. My mother, Gladys, was 61, was much to young; so was my son, David, who was 38.

Krispy Kreme Donuts and More

 

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RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #46 Think&Fresh

 

by Meredith Dixon Haynes

LONDON -- Krispy Kreme, the melt-in-your-mouth American phenomenon, hopes to conquer the land of tea and crumpets when it opens its first British outlet at the posh department store Harrods on Oct. 3. (Photo courtesy of Krispy Kreme) slug: COX-BRITAIN-DOUGHNUTS25
Krispy Kreme Donuts

Krispy Kreme sign
Promises fresh hot donuts
THINK, yes I want one

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More?

Casual embrace
Fresh feelings of tenderness
Dare I expect more

 

Forever Love – Illusive Love – Love Speaks

RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #42 Love&Last

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Martha has been taking care of her granddaughter, McKinley, this past weekend. I received her haiku by text, three of them. She said to choose the two I liked best. I like them all! Some of you will understand the thought that edged into the corner of my mind, “We’ve always done two.” I gave it the boot, and here are all three.

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by Martha

Forever Love

You’re not my first love
That was many years ago
Your are my last love

Illusive Love

Illusive is love
When we search the wrong places
Look for one to last

Love Speaks

Actions show your love
I adore that about you
I am your last thought

Prompts and Lover’s Knot

RonovanWrites Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt Challenge #42 Love&Last

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I love Ron’s haiku
He prompts us to spin and weave
With words without end

by Meredith

 

 

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You said love would last
A ring  in a lover’s knot
Turned my finger green

by Meredith

Martha’s two haiku will come later in the day.

 

 

 

Carrie Rudzinski

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s the day I look for brilliant quotes to inspire all of us to greater heights. All of this is at the innovator’s invitation. Colleen, thanks for sponsoring Writer’s Quote Wednesday.

There are many poetesses that have captured my heart or fascinate me, Sylvia Plath, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Bronte who is featured in Colleen’s quote today. I decided to find a young modern poet, one I’d never heard of. I searched for poems about dreams and Carrie Rudzinski’s name came up. She has accolades and awards that grabbed my attention. YouTube has a video of her reading her poem about dreams along with many others.

carriequotesIt has proven to be difficult to find quotes by Carrie. She is young, but prolific, I’m sure as time passes we’ll hear more from her. I don’t want to give up on her just because what I had in mind is not there.

Let’s look at this quote from her poem Dreams. For as long as we live, weather we admit it or not, we will be seeking, dreaming or thinking about love. I think I finally realized that even if I had been betrayed I could still love; I do mean the person who betrayed me. My love isn’t dependent on their integrity, but my own. If we spoke Greek there would be four words for love:

Agape – love of God for man, and man for God

Eros – passionate, sexual love

Phillia – love of friends

Storge – love of parents for children. (from Wikipedia)

Poor English, only one word, love. I love everything and everyone, chocolate, walking, crocheting, sister, brother, sons, the whole “kin” and caboodle, as well as friends I’ve known for over 50 years, to the one’s I just met.

So when you dream, let them be of loving. I’m not touching dying today. I will one day, for I have no fear of it.

I’m not an authority on Carrie’s poetry. I read that she is a member of The Gringo Choir, a performance poetry troupe. I’d never heard that term. I think it’s self-explanatory, but include the definition.

per·for·mance po·et·ry
noun
noun: performance poetry
  1. a form of poetry intended to be performed as a dramatic monologue or exchange and frequently involving extemporization.

 

“Named “Best Female Poet” at her first national poetry competition in 2008, CARRIE RUDZINSKI is a poet, artist, and filmmaker who has performed her work across the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and India.
Ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of The World Poetry Slam and 7th in the world at the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, Carrie has represented Boston, Denver, and Los Angeles over the course of 11 national poetry competitions. She also took 2nd place at the coveted Underground Individual Competition at the 2011 National Poetry Slam, where poets are judged by an audience of their peers.
She has taught poetry workshops around the world and accepted a part-time faculty position at California State University Northridge to teach Poetry and Performance for the Spring 2014 semester.” Quoted from http://carrierudzinski.tumblr.com/Bio.

Carrie reads her poem titled Dreams. I hear humor and deep, thoughtful expressions of passion and love.

 

Mystery, Mercy and Love

The New Testament speaks of several different mysteries. The apostle Paul tells of one of the most important, God’s perfect redemptive plan for man. Colossians 1:26-27 (NIV) “the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. That’s mystery.

God’s plan gives to us what we don’t deserve, eternal life, while mercy withholds what we do deserve, eternal punishment. Psalm 17:7 (NIV) “Show me the wonders of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.” That’s mercy.

This is the first verse and the chorus of the song The Love of God by Frederick M. Lehman. He wrote the song in 1917 in Pasadena, California, and it was published in Songs That Are Different. The lyrics are based on the Jewish poem Haddamut, written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a cantor in Worms, Germany; they have been translated into at least 18 languages.

“The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
Refrain
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.”
That’s love.