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Servant Song

posted May 22, 2018, 8:01 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated May 22, 2018, 8:24 PM ]

"Brother, Sister, let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you;
Pray that I might have* the Grace, 
To Let you be my servant, Too."

*note: the songwriter sings, "might have," not "may have." Also, I have tried to capture his phrasing in this quote.

Ministries, D. (2018). History of Hymns: New Zealand composer bases best-known song on call to servanthood - umcdiscipleship.org. Umcdiscipleship.org. Retrieved 23 May 2018, from https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/history-of-hymns-new-zealand-composer-bases-best-known-song-on-call-to-serv


"The writer sings his own song,.."


Hmm...

posted May 21, 2018, 3:41 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated May 21, 2018, 3:49 PM ]

Interesting...
"List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1989"
https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number…
VS.
"List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 2018"
https://en.wikipedia.org/…/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number…
Very Interesting...
Just a Wikipedia fail?

Fellow '89ers, I especially like the "Wind Beneath My Wings," blip around graduation time...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Beneath_My_Wings

Marc Broussard

posted May 17, 2018, 9:54 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated May 18, 2018, 9:12 AM ]

New - to me - artist. A new favorite.

My Boys...
“After years of trying, I’ve finally wrote one for my youngest,” Broussard says. “I can’t help but think of my children when I sing it. The song is testament to the knowledge all parents have that, one day, our children are going to fly the nest and the advice we, as parents, give them for that flight.”



I Have Made My Choice

posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:08 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated May 16, 2018, 7:58 PM ]

As I wrestle with the split in my church that will occur, "officially," eventually (we're Methodists...everything takes awhile): I have made my choice. I will stand on the side of grace, love, and acceptance and I fully accept that I might be wrong in my interpretation of those. I don't think so, but...whatever...I'm leaving that to God. Consenting adults, I don't care who you love - I don't care how you love who you love. We are all striving, failing, and striving again, to Love Like Jesus.

Still We Strive

posted Apr 14, 2018, 4:51 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated May 16, 2018, 7:59 PM ]

No one,
In their right mind,
Would profess to be Christian.

It's exhausting.

Infuriating.

You get to live your life as a doormat, 
More often than not.

Also, you fail,
More often than not,
At the grace, love and peace you strive to achieve.

Still,
We strive.
Because of one, perfect, example.

So,
Judge us as you will.

Yes, we are just as broken, maybe more,
Yes, we fail, maybe more...
We are striving, towards a True and Perfect
Example of Love and Grace,
Which is completely unachievable for us, humans...

Still, we strive.

Social Media is Policy?

posted Apr 10, 2018, 8:36 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Apr 10, 2018, 9:17 PM ]

Mr. President,
Please stop "tweeting" 
World-changing stuff.
Maybe photos of your
Family Life,
Or,
What you had for lunch?
Perhaps a shout out to a charity function?

Holy Week, 2018

posted Mar 27, 2018, 7:44 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 7:45 PM ]

Easter Sunday approaches...
The Lesson?
Love Wins.

"Social" Media

posted Mar 15, 2018, 10:46 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 9:24 PM ]

Ah..."social" media,
Are you the answer to the world's problems?
Or a contributing factor?

I don't know.
I don't know, and I have spent my career building a tiny piece
Of the infrastructure that keeps you alive.

That concerns me.

I've been on "The Internet" from the beginning...
Truly.
I pulled a research paper from a server in France, via File Transfer Protocol (FTP) in 1994...and I was hooked.
The world's knowledge at my fingertips...Amazing.
(I'm older than Pong...I'm always amazed.)

But, "social" media,
You are not amazing.
You are exasperating, befuddling, and sometimes,
More often than not nowadays,
Dividing.

We do not need that.

Master the technology,
Do not let it master you


2.26.2018

Texting for Men

posted Mar 15, 2018, 10:40 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 9:24 PM ]

Her Message: ___

Your Reply:___
(Now, wait, five minutes, set your watch....)
Her Message(s):___
(No, Wait...)
(FIve minutes? OK, reply, only if no new messages in last one minute...use your own judgement...but err on the side of patience...)

Trail Poem 2

posted Jul 11, 2017, 8:01 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Mar 15, 2018, 9:24 PM ]

The soreness, in the shoulders and hips, faded very fast.
The fire in the feet subsided faster,
But the ache in the calves still lasts.
They are telling me that there are a lot of places,
That I still need to go...

New lakes to see, old memories to visit,
More miles to put under the boots.
So very pleased to be finding myself, again,
In the new memories amongst my roots.

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