Here is your weekly dose of Friday Focus, a smattering of what I’m reading, doing, listening to, watching or pondering.
What I’m reading – I read this timely article on Monday, and it was simple, yet direct. We must include the misfits and the outcasts, just as the Lord did. For, I too, am a misfit and an outcast. So if you want to be challenged as I was, read Meditation Beyond Exclusion and Hate.
What I’m watching – The Jurek family Saturday night movie this week was delightful. The three of us watched Disney’s, Christopher Robin on Netflix. The movie surprised me on so many levels. It was great to see all of my childhood friends in the 100 Acre Wood. As always, the stories of Winnie the Pooh and friends has always been and continues to be for me at least, a wake-up call to never let a potential moment of happiness slip through my fingers.
What I’m listening to – Focusing on the music that keeps me focused on the Lenten season, I am listening to Gaither Vocal Band Reunion, volumes 1 & 2. This is a delightful, edifying and often uplifting compilation of the best songs, the best voices and the best arrangements of GVB classics.
Songs and Psalms from my past – A Few Good Men (Gaither Vocal Band – Reunion Volume One). I remember hearing this song in the early 1980’s while I lived in Steubenville, Ohio. I was listening to Focus on the Family, Dr. Dobson was interviewing Bill Gaither. They were speaking about this song. When I heard it played, I pulled my car into a parking lot, put it in park and listened to a song that was immediately touching my soul. With tears in my eyes, I remember praying: “Lord, let me be a man full of compassion, a man who faces eternity with certainty and hope. A man who fights for those who can’t fight for themselves. Let me be your imperfect but willing man.” That prayer was written in my journal on that day, and I am still moved to read it over and over again some 30 + years later.
Quote I’m pondering – “Doing nothing often leads to the very best of something” ~ Winnie the Pooh
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