Saturday Song: Donovan, “To Susan on the West Coast Waiting:

In the autumn of 1969, this song became a hit on Vancouver’s rock stations. It resonated with me the first time I heard it as I too was waiting on the west coast of Canada. But what I anticipated was to return home for Christmas to my family.

Hear Donovan’s ballad here.

The man in the poignant story was an American soldier in Vietnam who wrote a note to his girlfriend. He reassured her of his love and his desire to return to her. Though he was supposed to hate, he was consumed with Susan’s love.

We Christians are in a war which has raged since Eden. Our heavenly Father allowed humanity the privilege of choosing him or Satan, allowing a greater good to happen in the end.

Like Christian rocker Larry Norman said, we’re just visiting this planet. Our true home is in heaven. And as John wrote in Revelation 22:20 (KJV) I and many other believers feel the same way. “He which testifieth these things saith, ‘Surely I come quickly. Amen.’ Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

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Saturday Song: Cream, “White Room”

Train stations can be lonely places when you have nobody to greet you. Additionally, people tend to use trains for transport to work in urban centers so the crowds aren’t in the happiest of moods.

This song reminds me of the loneliness I felt in October of 1968 while at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. The bully was merciless in his ruining of any good time I had. The weather was rainy as well, perfectly fitting my emotional gloom. This song made me wish I could catch a train home and never set foot in that horrid institution again. Even so, I loved the song.

Here “White Room” here.

There are many lonely people in this world. Even famous folks feel lonely and purposeless. This is why some even kill themselves to escape the gut-wrenching sorrow of having no true friends.

But there is somebody who does care for anybody who wishes to befriend him. Solomon mentioned him in Proverbs 18:24 (KJV). “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

Jesus Christ is that friend. He said in John 6:37 (KJV), “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”

That’s what I did in August of 1969. I confessed that I was a sinner and asked the Lord to forgive me. I gave the running of my life over to him and he’s led me ever since. How I wish all those lonely souls knew Jesus like I do. They’d be eternally joyful.

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Saturday Song: Badfinger, “Cary On to Tomorrow”, movie version

oct07I’ll admit up front that The Magic Christian movie isn’t edifying. Even so, it does make some good points. The chief concept is that people will do practically anything for money.

The film begins with billionaire, Guy Grand, (played by Peter Sellers) adopting a homeless teenager (played by Ringo Starr) off the street to be his sun since his wife is barren. They then set out to see how far folks will go to earn some cash.

Hear the start of the movie and the song here.

In a way, Guy Grand’s adoption of the homeless man to be his son is like how Christ adopts those who give their lives over to him and follow after him. We’re unable to save ourselves from eternal damnation so we need a saviour.

As the scripture in Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

And as Christ declared in John 14:6 (KJV), “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.'”

Better still, we become family members when we yield our wills to his. Look at what Romans 8:15 (KJV) promises. “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

And this song has special meaning to me since we really need to “Cary On To Tomorrow” as we await our Lord’s return. May that day come soon.

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Saturday Song: The Chambers Brothers, “Time Has Come Today”

Time certainly is a strange thing. It drags when we’re in agony and rushes when we’re having fun. It also seems to accelerate as we grow older.

I fell immediately in love with this Chambers Brothers song when I heard it back in September of 1968. The AM rock stations used to play the short version while the FM outlets played the hypnotic long version. Both were my favourites.

Hear a live version of “Time Has Come Today here. Sorry for the commercial that YouTube put there. It’s nothing to do with me.

God isn’t effected by time but we are. Compared to eternity, our seventy or eighty years on this earth are like the steam rising from a cup of coffee. It’s there for a second and then it’s gone.

This is all the more reason to examine ourselves. Unless we place our trust in Christ and yield our wills to his beneficent leadership, we face an eternity of agony apart from God’s blessings. As Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV), “For he saith, ‘I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.'”

Putting off such a crucial decision is extremely foolish. As Jesus said after telling a parable in Matthew 24:42 (KJV), “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Remember too that there are no “do overs” at the end of life.

So, what do you think of the song and what I wrote? Please comment below. But if you’d rather not, have a great weekend.

Saturday Song: Rupert Hine, “The Set Up”

Any one who has had a traumatic childhood can identify with this song. Children are powerless and dependent upon adults for their very lives.

The sad reality is that many children are victims of adult childishness. Like the line about the child being Mother’s little weapon when Father broke her rules, children are used as pawns. Even if the kids aren’t physically assaulted, the emotional battering they receive takes it’s toll.

Here “The Set Up” here.

sep23Because of being used by callous adults for personal vendettas, children come to believe that God behaves the same way. In their minds, he’s cruel, arbitrary, and petty. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Christ’s disciples assumed that he didn’t want to be bothered by mothers bringing their infants to him to be blessed. As Mark 10:14 (KJV)records, “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, ‘Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.'”

I know from personal experience that it’s hard to change our perceptions after a lifetime of abuse but it is indeed possible. It happened in my life and, with Christ’s help, it can happen in yours too.

If you liked what I wrote and you enjoyed this poignant song, please write your comment in the box below. And if this matter is too painful for you at this time, I wish you a blessed weekend.

Saturday Song: Crack The Sky, “Sleep”

On a BBC comedy show called “Porridge”, Ronnie Barker (Fletcher) commented that sleep was the only escape for a prisoner. This is a certainty, as I discovered during my six years at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind.

Hear Crack The Sky’s song here.

But sleep need not be a mere escape from dreary reality. My dreams are sometimes cinematic. For example, I sometimes dream that I’m accompanying Doctor Who, played by Tom Baker, as he battles aliens throughout space and time. And unlike television, my adventures are in full colour and with no commercial interruptions.

sep16I’ve also dreamt that I was in episodes of Get Smart or “Hogan’s Heroes. Each one of those adventures seems real until I awaken to find myself in my own bed.

Most of the time, my nocturnal journeys are into my past but with some elements of modern life. For example, I dreamt that I was a young man and I bought a new house with a huge gymnasium in the basement. People from the shopping mall next door had used it for basketball games and didn’t know that I was now the new owner. No matter how I threatened them, they wouldn’t leave. The police officer whom I called on my flip phone just said he’d call me back and hung up.

Some folks in the Bible actually had dreams sent from God. As Peter said to the citizens of Jerusalem in Acts 2:17 (KJV), “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:”

I never have had prophetic dreams and neither have others I’ve befriended, though they claimed that they did. Even so, I can tell from my nightly cinema screenings that my mind has plenty of issues to work out.

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Saturday Song: Gary Glitter, Rock ‘n’ Roll Part 1 & 2

I don’t know about you but this song brings back memories of enrolling in high school. I felt so grown up as I began taking my classes and carrying a real ID card.

Listen to this song here.

At that time, I began living on my own. Though my parents paid my rent, it was the first time I had the freedom and unsupervised responsibility of my own room. I learned how to cook that autumn as well. I only depended on Mom to wash my laundry. That was because she made it seem so complex that I let her do it. I learned how easy it actually was schoola few years later.

This reminds me of what the apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJV). “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

We all must grow in our spiritual lives or we ought to be growing in grace and wisdom. There are some folks who enjoy the primary tenets of Christianity so much that they don’t want to graduate to the next level.

That’s one reason I feel disappointed with most Sunday Services. I only hear things I already know and have studied for decades. It’s like a perpetual kindergarten. Like John MacArthur, I want to delve deeply into each verse to wring out every last drop of its truth.

So, what was high school like for you? Does this song evoke good memories or bad? Please let me know in the box below. And if you don’t feel so inclined, have a good weekend anyway.