Saturday Song: The Beatles, “There’s a Place”

This was one of many songs I heard while I was in Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. We had no privacy in the dorm so I often wandered off alone outside. A lovely forest behind the school grew wild and I often resorted there to get away from other boys. Being alone gave me some measure of comfort. In fact, I felt more lonely with those supervisors and children.

Hear this song here.

We who trust in Christ are never alone. As Jesus instructed and promised his disciples in Matthew 28:20 (KJV), “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

We also have the Holy Spirit who will never leave us. Jesus promised in John 14:16 (KJV), “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

We also have the promise of Christ’s return in John 14:3 (KJV) which says, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

So, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please leave me a comment. But if you’d rather not, I hope you have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Bruce Atchison, The Beatles, “There’s a Place”, Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind, Matthew 28:20, John 14:16, John 14:3


Saturday Song: Telex, “We Are All Getting Old”

I discovered this group’s records in the delete bin at a local record store back in 1988. Costing only a dollar each, I figured I couldn’t lose much. When I played both disks, I fell in love with the band’s electronic music.

Hear this song here.

It certainly is true that we are all getting old. We feel it in our muscles and bones as we age. Even so, God is eternal.

As the Bible says in Isaiah 51:6 (KJV) “Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished.”

Though we die physically, we who have our trust in Christ’s work of atonement still have hope. As 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV) reminds us, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

Even the Old Testament saints knew they would be resurrected to new life someday. Job 19:26 (KJV) says, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:”

So, what do you think of this song and what I wrote? Please comment below. But if you don’t want to or the site won’t let you write anything, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Saturday Song: Dion, Abraham, Martin, and John

Everybody keeps proclaiming the words “peace on Earth” but our world still is in turmoil. We have jihadi warriors attacking innocent civilians and military personnel on a daily basis. Ghettos are filled with violence. Countries such as North Korea threaten to wage war on other lands. And governments still promise us a wonderful life while overtaxing us.

Times were frightening forty-nine years ago when this song was a new hit on the radio. It certainly seems that the good people die young while dictators live on into old age.

Hear Dion’s tribute to Abraham, Martin, and John here.

But in the midst of all this turmoil, we have wonderful promises in the Bible. Revelation 7:17 (KJV) declairs, “For the Lamb (meaning Jesus) which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

Likewise, Revelation 21:4 (KJV) proclaims, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

I so look forward to that world and I hope you’ll be there too.

What do you think of this song and what I wrote. Please drop me a line below. But if you’d rather not comment, have a blessed new year.

Saturday Song: Christina, Things Fall Apart

Here’s a song you most likely won’t hear blaring from shopping mall public address systems or on every radio station you tune in. It’s about a woman who feels jaded about all the manic, holiday celebrations. She remembers how Christmas used to be a magical time but it’s become one huge bore.

Here the song here.

I think it’s a shame that the wondrus birth of Christ is blotted out by all the secular celebrations. People get too drunk and talk too loudly, all the while thinking they’re having a good time.

Even with Christians, the Christmas Eve service is only for an hour. Then everybody drinks apple cider and talks about everything else but the Messiah.

Most people don’t realize that Christ’s coming to our world was forecast from the beginning. When God pronounced judgement on Satan in Genesis 3:15 (KJV) he said, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

In order for that to happen, Jesus had to be born. Isaiah 7:14 (KJV) reads, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” That name means “God with us.”

So, I hope you liked the song and what I wrote. Please leave me a comment below. But if you’d rather not do that, have a blessed and restful Christmas.

Saturday Song: George Harrison, Isn’t It A Pity

Here’s another song which resonated with rock music fans like me. It really is a pity how people mistreat others. What many call love is really lust. And relying on feelings is unwise since they are effemeral.

Hear George Harrison’s song here.

We Christians have an advantage over the bewildered and weary people of this world. Our Bible has wonderful promises and we also feel the comfort mentioned in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (KJV) which says, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

And as Jesus promised his disciples, as well as us, in Matthew 28:20 (KJV), “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

So, does this song stir memories? What do you think of what I wrote here? Please let me know below. But if you’d rather not write anything, have a blessed Christmas and New Year.

Saturday Song: Simon and Garfunkel, “I Am a Rock”

I certainly relate to this song. Because I wasn’t close with most of my family members, I don’t bother with celebrations as others do. In fact, I resent all the bother associated with holidays, especially Christmas.

As a result of this, some people wonder if I’m a Jehovah’s Witness. I most certainly am not. Even so, it’s the sense of obligation which upsets me. People often go to ridiculous lengths. They get so involved with shopping for that “perfect” gift that they come home angry. People spend a lot on Christmas cards. Then they have to buy stocking stuffers in addition to the presents. Baking and cooking for relatives keeps folks too busy to relax.

Whatever happened to relaxation and enjoying the company of friends? The Christmas rat race takes away so much joy. Then the bills come in at the end of January, ruining more happiness. There are times when I wish I could be left alone, like the man in the song.

Hear “I Am a Rock” here.

People also eat too much at this time of year. They also invite their own friends rather than the poor and disabled folks among them. As Jesus noted in Luke 6:32-34 (KJV), “For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. “And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.”

I personally would rather stay home and relax but others feel isolated while everybody else is celebrating. My living room is filled with many wonderful movies which I haven’t even seen yet. I also love petting my beloved bunny, Deborah and she enjoys being petted.

So, what’s your opinion of the song and what I wrote? Please leave me a comment. I also hope you will have a joyful and restful Christmas.

Saturday Song: Billy J Kramer, Trains And Boats And Planes

This song reminds me of being in Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. When I heard it on my little transistor radio, I identified with it immediately. How I longed to be home with my family whenever I saw a plane fly over the dorm.

Listen to the song here.

In a way, we who follow Jesus Christ are stranded in this world. Our true home is with him but we have work and lessons to learn here.

The Apostle Paul summed up the yearning we all have in Philippians 1:23 (KJV) “For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:”

But just as Paul still had plenty of church-planting and preaching work to do, so we have our tasks from the Lord. As Paul admonished his spiritual son in 2 Timothy 4:2 (KJV), “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”

I hope you’ll leave me a comment about the song and what I wrote here. But if you’d rather not do so, have a pleasant weekend.