Six Minute Sabbath: If We Could Flashmob Boston

If we could flashmob you for six minutes Boston — gather from the far corners of the world to stand together and sing over you –this would be our music, our offering of joy:

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,

God of glory, Lord of love;
Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee,
Opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
Drive the dark of doubt away;
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea,
Singing bird and flowing fountain
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

Thou art giving and forgiving,
Ever blessing, ever blest,
Wellspring of the joy of living,
Ocean depth of happy rest!
Thou our Father, Christ our Brother,
All who live in love are Thine;
Teach us how to love each other,
Lift us to the joy divine.

Mortals, join the happy chorus,
Which the morning stars began;
Father love is reigning o’er us,
Brother love binds man to man.
Ever singing, march we onward,
Victors in the midst of strife,
Joyful music leads us Sunward
In the triumph song of life.

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Linda CrawfordLord, may we join the happy chorus, for we are brothers in love, victors in the midst of strife, and we march onward singing the triumph song of life!

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To Create

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Pushing back the dark

Pushing back the Dark

Six Minute Sabbath: Pushing Back the Dark

You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a lightstand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a lightstand—shine!  Matthew 5:16 MSG

Let your light shine!
Let’s push back the dark today!

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Beauty from Despair

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Need You Now

Need You Now

A Friendship Story

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Six Minute Sabbath: Everything is Possible

Everything is possible

Mountains to climb, storms to endure, raging rivers to cross.
Famine and fear, battles and brokenness.
In His HandBe still and know.
He is God.
All things are possible.

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You are beautiful

You are beautiful

A Friendship Story

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To Create

To Create

Six Minute Sabbath: You Are Beautiful

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

There were days past when I would criticize every little thing about myself.

My nose was too big, my freckles too many, my clothes too frumpy, my voice too soft.

Nothing I did ever seemed to be good enough . . . for me.

I never felt beautiful.

I constantly bemoaned my imperfections, until the day my husband stopped me, looked me in the eyes and said . . .

“Who are you to curse what God has deemed beautiful?”

Ouch.

I realized God knew far better than I did what was beautiful . . . and He said I was.

Beautiful.

And so are you. 🙂

Linda Crawford

 

 

 

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Love is

Love is

Beauty from Despair

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Need You Now

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Beauty from Brokenness: Recycled Orchestra

Instruments from trash
“Despite living in dire circumstances, if a person has initiative and is creative, even trash can become an educational tool that could change someone’s life and the lives of others.”

An kid’s orchestra in a landfill. Cellos made from oil cans, saxophones from spoons, violins from metal pans. 

Inspiring. Beautiful. Wonderful. Amazing.We send back music

And challenging.

Imagine what we could do if we transformed the trash in our own lives to art and music.

Imagine what you could do . . .

 

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Lost and Found

Lost and Found

 

The Becoming of an Artist

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The Life Quilt

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Six Minute Sabbath: To Create

God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. Gen 1:27 MSG

It seems a mystery to me–where the vision, voice, and melody of creative inspiration originates.

Beethoven Piano Concerto #3

Piano Concerto #3 handwritten score by Ludwig van Beethoven

Yet we, as created beings ourselves, were designed to create. To paint pictures that have never been painted, compose music that has never been heard, write words that have never been spoken, and dance to choreography that has never been danced.

To create beauty–to create what has never before been created–brings glory to THE Creator.

Today, this story and piece of music inspires me to give glory to God for endowing us with the ability to create such beauty. May it inspire you to embrace the notes of your own creative melody–because we are all created to create.

Beethoven: Imagining the Notes

When Beethoven performed his Piano Concerto No. 3 in concert for the very first time, he had no music. His friend, who turned the pages of the music for him that night, later wrote:

“I saw almost nothing but empty pages; at the most, on one page or another a few Egyptian hieroglyphs wholly unintelligible to me were scribbled down to serve as clues for him; for he played nearly all the solo part from memory since, as was so often the case, he had not had time to set it all down on paper.”

Lord, may we embrace inspiration, and be infused with courage, to create works of  beauty to bring you glory!

Linda Crawford

©Linda Crawford 2013