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Soon after the September 11 attacks in 2001, the band Five for Fighting‘s song, “Superman (It’s Not Easy),” climbed the Billboard Hot 100 charts.

One morning earlier this week following Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, I heard another of the band’s hits, “100 Years,” on the radio.

Though I’ve heard the lyrics of the song countless times before, somehow, in the wake of the Boston bombings, the lyrics seemed to newly engage my mind and make me pause to consider the fleeting aspect of each of our lives.

I’ve heard the old saying, “a smart women never tells her age,” so I’ll stay mum but just hint that these lyrics in the song’s middle seemed to sound out the loudest over my car radio:

I’m 45 for a moment
The sea is high
And I’m heading into a crisis
Chasing the years of my life

What about you?  Listen to the 100 Years song in its entirety, and then consider these questions:

  • Where is your life vessel currently headed in the sea of life?
  • How many miles have you logged, which destination coordinates have you reached and which destination coordinates are planned?
  • How calm and how high have you seen the waters that you’ve crossed, and how high are the waves ahead?
  • What things or which people have been your harbors along the way?
  • What continues to sustain you, as you continue forging ahead?
  • Who is charting your path?
  • More important than the questions above is this one:  who is your captain?

Some of us are blessed to know the One who is the ultimate captain — a captain who has been said to be “greater than any bomb.”

If you haven’t already, I hope that you will pause to hear His siren.



Do You Know the Dearest and Best?

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Today is Easter Sunday 2013, and, here in the US and around the world, many of us attended Easter church services to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In His honor, here are links to a few of my favorite Christian hymns along with some excerpts of my favorite lyrics:

The Old Rugged Cross – “On a hill far away, stood an old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame.  And I love that old cross, where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain.”

He Lives! – “I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today. I know that he is living, whatever men may say.  He lives!  He lives!  Christ Jesus lives today!  He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.”

Christ the Lord is Risen Today – “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!  Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!”

My Redeemer Lives – “The very same God who spins things in orbit…runs to the weary, the worn and the weak.  And, the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken, they conquered death to bring me Victory. Now, I know my Redeemer lives!

His Eye is on the Sparrow – “I sing because I’m happy.  I sing because I’m free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

How Great Thou Art – “Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, How great Thou art, how great Thou art!”

What about you?  Do you know “the dearest and best?”

It is my hope that all who read these words will know His love.

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