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 “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).”

Murray K was a famous disc jockey in the 1950s.  He bet Bobby Darin that he couldn’t write a song that began with the words “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath”.

Darin took him up on his bet, and ended up with a big hit. Here are some of the lyrics:

“Splish splash, I was taking a bath
Long about a Saturday night
A rub dub, just relaxing in the tub
Thinking everything was alright

Well, I stepped out the tub, put my feet on the floor
I wrapped the towel around me
And I opened the door, and then
Splish, splash! I jumped back in the bath
Well how was I to know there was a party going on..”

Pharoah must have felt like Bobby Darin when the plagues started.  Moses told him they were coming, but Pharoah had a hard heart and didn’t believe him. 

I gave myself a challenge similar to the one Murray the K gave Bobby Darin, except the song had to start with “Ding Dong, boy I was wrong”.

Here’s my attempt:

“Ding dong, boy I was wrong
thinkin’ about Moses and the plagues
A jib jab, I was really mad
When I sat down to eat my eggs.

Well, I put down my fork and I started to puke
I jumped up on a chair
And I danced a juke, and then
Ding Dong! It  was Aaron at the door
Well how was I to know they could really bring it off.”

(Back to Darrin’s lyrics) They was a-splishing and a-splashing, reelin’ with the feelin’
Moving and a-grooving, rocking and a-rolling, yeah.”

The frogs Moses had promised had shown up at Pharoah’s breakfast. As a result of this first plague, Pharoah gave in to Moses’s request to allow Israel to leave town and hold a worship service to the Lord. Moses prayed and the frogs all died.

However, after Pharoah saw that the frogs had been removed, he changed his mind and stopped listening to Moses and Aaron. In effect, he also stopped listening to God (Exodus 8:1-12).

The Bible describes Pharoah as a person who generally had a hard heart (Exodus 7:3; 8:14).  What causes this heart condition?

Daryl R. Coats says a hard heart comes from a chain reaction cause and effect which begins with unbelief.  This leads to sin.  The person then refuses to repent of the sin, and is then affected with a destuctive pride.

Coats’ analysis sure applies to Pharoah.  He had already told Moses he didn’t believe in his God (Exodus 5:2).

Pharaoh also was committing grievous sin, killing innocent Hebrew children and oppressing the Israelites (Exodus 1:15,16; 6:4-18).  His ongoing refusal to heed God and Moses revealed that he was unrepentant and prideful.

With the beginning of the plagues, Pharoah could no longer claim ignorance. He couldn’t say in relation to the planned Israelite festival in the desert, “How was I to know there was a party going on?”. God was ringing Pharoah’s chimes and telling him he would suffer grave consequences and if he did not listen to Moses’ plea to let His people go.

Some things we can plead ignorance about. For example, a friend told me he was chastized by a doctor for bringing his wife to the hospital almost too late.  She almost died. He couldn’t have known her condition was that serious.

When it comes to obeying God, though, many things are pretty clear in the Bible.  For example, we know we aren’t to lie, steal, murder, commit adultery, covet other people’s stuff and worship other gods (Exodus 20:1-17).

The Ten Commandments are just the basics.  The Scriptures are loaded with spiritual food for believers to grow in their faith.

We don’t have to live in unbelief.  When Jesus rings the doorbell, we can listen, open the door and fellowship with Him over breakfast. We’ll save ourselves a lot of plagues in this life if we do.

Breakfast with Jesus sure beats breakfast with a bunch of frogs.

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 “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man  whose sin the LORD does not count against him  and in whose spirit is no deceit (PSalm 32:1,2).”

Roger Miller was a popular singer and composer of funny little dittys. I remember listening to his songs as a kid.  They included hits like “Dang Me”, “King of the Road” and “England Swings”.

One song of his that came to mind this morning was ‘You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd”.  Miller’s theme was that there are a lof of impossibilities out there, but “you can be happy if you’ve a mind to”.

Not only did Miller write that “you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd”, but he also included the following funny, beyond difficult actions in his lyric:

“You can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage”;

“You can’t change film with a kid on your back”;

“You can’t drive around with a tiger in your car”;

Miracles do occur, but these deeds are really not possible. Oh, maybe you could drive with a tiger in your car, but the results would be horrific.

I’m sure Pharoah was pretty skeptical when Moses and Aaron performed amazing feats in front of him.  They turned a stick into a snake.  They also changed the Nile River into blood.  However, Pharoah’s magicians were able to bring off the same acts, and Pharoah, who was already indisposed to not believe in miracles, walked away in disgust (Exodus 7:8-24).

I think Christians are like Pharoah in one respect: we really don’t believe our sin can be dealt with.  We go on with the same bad habits year after year, and just think it is impossible to stop sinning.  We think it would take a miracle, but these things are not part of our thinking in western culture.

Thus, we live on in misery, wanting to follow the Lord fully, but thinking we’re not capable of it.  Yet, God indeed has provided us with a process to get where we don’t think we can go.  He tells us to confess our sins to Him.   When we do, the misery goes away (Psalm 32:3-5).

But confession is only one step in the process.  The next action we need to take is to listen to the Lord -constantly. The Psalmist wrote,” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you (Psalm 32:8).”

 When we do this, our mind is set on the things of God, where He is going and His choices for us.. We’re too preoccuppied with His stuffs to think about sinning.

Confession and listening to God. Those are the keys to handling our sin.

Roger Miller wrote  that you could be happy if you’ve a mind to.  God says that, too.  As Miller wrote,

“All ya gotta do is put your mind to it
Knuckle down, buckle down, do it, do it, do it.”

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“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death  and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you (Psalm 33:18-22).”

Last week  I asked my class of international Fulbright scholars to write about the summer festivals in their countries.  Most of the responses reflected the importance of music to these celebrations.

In Morocco, a week long music festival of international singers is held in Casablanca. It culminates with a big ceremony on the shore with fireworks.

The country of Djibouti, located on the Horn of Africa, has its own music festival called Music Day. It has its origins from French colonial days. It showcases  musical talent. One of the highlights is the myriad of juices given out in this hot country, including papaya, guava and watermelon.

In Cosquin, a little town in Argentina, throngs of people gather to hear folk singers.  There is a competition that sounds similar to American Idol. In most cases, the winners become musical celebrities.

Finally, the Russians have a musical celebration honoring a famous bard. Other poet-singers perform and people camp out. 

I could have written my own festival story. When I lived in Finland, the country hosted a European-wide competition called the Eurovision Song Contest.  A Finnish band won the previous year, and in keeping with tradition, Finland was the host the following year.

This music competition is well-known, televised all over Europe. When I was living in Saudi Arabia, if anyone knew anything about Finland, they knew about “Lordi”, the band that had won the Eurovision Song Contest.

To participate in these festivals, you have to possess talent. You can’t be a slouch.  There has to be a certain level of competence to even make it to the starting line in these competitions and shows.

It’s really no different with church music. No one wants an amateurish musician offering their less than beautiful sounds to a worship service. 

Sure, we all are to participate and sing in  the congregation. But even the Bible says that music honoring the Lord should be played skillfully (Psalm 33:1-3). Therefore, at least the lead singers and musicians should know what they are doing.

Competence is important in any line of work.  My students want me to know at least something about English when I teach them.

A nation’s people  want talented people leading them. We honor our best in America, putting their faces on money and Mount Rushmore.

The Israelites must have figured  they had gotten the leader from hell when they had to deal with Ramses, the Pharoah of Egpyt. When Moses approached him about taking his people out to the desert for their own worship festival, the king of Egypt lost it.

In his anger, Ramses insulted the Israelites and made it impossible for them to do their jobs.  He called them lazy and took away a key ingredient to the brickmaking they did for him.  Furthermore, Ramses refused Moses’s request to go to their festival(Exodus 5:1-17).

The Israelites knew they were in big trouble, and blamed their own leader Moses for it. They figured he was an incompetent lout . As a result of Moses’s seeming bumbling attempts to deliver them, they figured they were dead men now (Exodus 5:19-21).

Moses turned around and blamed his own Leader for the mess. It was God who had sent him on his mission to deliver the people of Egypt, after all. 

Moses went to the God and said,”O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?  Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble upon this people, and you have not rescued your people at all (Exodus 5:22-23).”

Moses was questioning God’s competence.  He kind of figured the Lord wasn’t up to the job. Besides, He was making Moses look bad to boot.

God tried to set Moses straight. He reminded Moses that He was the Lord and that He was poweful and mighty. God reminded him of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and of His promises. 

Moses went back to the people to report what God said, but they were so bummed in their trouble they wouldn’t listen. Then, God instructed Moses to go back to Pharoah and tell him to let the people go to their festival (Exodus 6:1-10).

In one of history’s great cyclical cause and effects, Moses told God that sending him back to Pharoah was futile.  Moses told God,”Look, I’ve already proven I’m incompetent. He won’t listen to me. What’s the point of going back there  (Exodus 6:12)?”

Despite Moses’s loss of confidence God persisted (Exodus 6:13; 7:1). He didn’t trust in Moses, the Israelites, Pharoah, or anyone else to bring about His will (Psalm 33:11).  But He did trust in His own abilities.

God knows who He is.  He breathed the heavens and seas into existence. He made us. Furthermore, He is totally capable of stopping bosses, leaders and nations in their tracks (Psalm 33:6-7,9,10).

When life is beyond troublesome, it’s understandable to give up.  But we shouldn’t give up on God. We shouldn’t assign our own human incompetence to Him because He is perfect. He doesn’t make mistakes. (Matthew 5:48)

If we’re going to be delivered out of our troubles, He is the One to do it. More trouble doesn’t mean He has stepped off the throne or gone to a summer festival.  It’s just part of the process He takes us through on the way to deliverance.

Like a talented musician, God is playing His music in our lives. His hands are skillful, like those of  a wonderful harpist or guitarist (Psalm 33:2).

As the old children’s prayer made popular in a gospel hit says,

“He’s got the whole world in his hands he’s got the whole wide world in his hands

He’s got the little bitty baby in his hands he’s got the little bitty baby in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands…

He’s got you and me brother in his hands he’s got you and me sister in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands…

He’s got everybody here in his hands he’s got everybody here in his hands
He’s got the whole world in his hands…”

Aren’t you glad God is not an incompetent boob? He has some pretty big and mighty hands.

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 “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (Psalm 34:8).”

I’ve never been into exotic eating.  I have a squeamish stomach.

Food has to not only taste right to me, it has to look and smell right, too. I think presentation of food is just as important as taste.

I never touched the chicken livers my mother loved when I was a kid.  I hate liver.  It seems to me that organs were not meant for eating, nor tongues.

The most “on the edge” thing I have ever eaten is “l’escargot”, snails.  I had those in Paris and liked them, surprisingly. I eaten moose meat, and reindeer meat.  The latter made me feel a bit sacreligious, as if I were munching on Rudolph.

Yet, there are people who actually go in search of such foods. One of them apparently is John Hodgman, a writer for New York Magazine.

In an article entitled, “Extreme Eating: The city is awash in goats’ heads, cockscombs, and corn smut”, Hodgman tells about his journey for unusual chow. His mission, he said, was to seek out the strangest things he could find and eat them.

One of the exoticss he wants is cuitlacoche, or corn smut. This is a fungus that makes corn kernels look like purple, swollen, fuzzy tumors.  In soup, though, Hodgman says corn smut’s “flavor is astonishing.”

In one place, Hodgman orders duck tongues. “I could eat them all day”, he writes.

The author notes how restaurants are able to make odd food tasty.  He says that one has made “pork stomach in soy sauce taste good.”  Hodgman says this serving is only outdone by another restaurants offering of  crispy pork intestines.

Moses must have felt like he was being offered greasy, grimy gopher guts when God approached him about delivering the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt.  He had fled Egypt after a murder decades before, and he was now living a quiet life.

Thus, he engaged in 20 questions with God. “What if they don’t believe me?,” he asked the Lord. “What do I call you?”, he queried.

Moses also threw out excuses why he was the wrong man for the job.   “You know, God”, he said, “I’m a terrible public speaker. You know I get tongue tied when I open my mouth.”

God responded to all the questions and excuses by demonstrating His power in miraculous signs. Moses’s bottom line response to all of the Lord’s answers: “God, send someone else.”

Now this teed God off. He told Moses about his speech impediment, “Don’t worry”, God said, “Your brother Aaron is coming to meet you and he can be your press secretary.”

I suppose Moses noticed God was ticked because he went back to his father-in-law and begged leave to go.  Then he headed for Egypt with his family.

This episode in in Exodus Chapter 4 illustrates that God is not pleased when someone doubts his character and goodness. Before we are too hard on Moses though, we must remember that he learned his lesson over time. He became known as one who was the friend of God, a person who spoke to the Lord face to face (Exodus 33:11).

The circumstances God presents to us may sometimes seem beyond the pale.  What he is asking us to do may seem risky, unacceptable.  It’s as if He is asking us to chow down on burnt goats’ head.

We become like the baby in the high chair who refuses to eat. We scream, shake our heads, and even toss the stuff on the floor, and make our Daddy God mad.

A life in God is an acquired taste. You’ve got to want to go after it, just as John Hodgman went in search of creepy crawlies.

Hodgman knew that appearances are deceiving. Beneath that gross exterior, the author knew he was in store for a tasty treat.

When God offers up his delicacies in life, we have to quit thinking that we are a fish and  He is a fisherman tossing us a line and bait. God’s not dangerous and won’t eat us alive. 

God’s food in life may look like algae and smell like skunk, but it’s delicious.  We’ve got to take the risk and take a bite.  Yeah, it’s scary, but it’s the only way to know God and experience His goodness.

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“Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still’ (Exodus 14:13,14).”

Sometimes you can’t just win for losing. That’s how the Chicago Cubs must feel these days.

The Cubs have not won a World Series in over a hundred years, and haven’t even been in one in over 60.  Their history isn’t even checkered, it’s flat out black.

Now, in 2010, they have to deal with the likes of Carlos Zambrano.   He is a hothead who pitches for them, and is in the middle of a 91 million dollar contract.

Yesterday, Zanbrano stormed into the dugout and screamed at his fellow players. He was upset that his colleagues weren’t diving all over the field for hard hit line drives to protect his highness’s earned run average.  Never mind that he allowed the hits, and that extra hustle would have done no good. The Cub’s have suspended him until further notice.

This incident is not the first in Zambrano’s career. He was suspended last year for a similar incident, and in 2007 he was fined because he got into a fight with a teammate.

It’s not easy to deal with difficult people. When others are unreasonable and won’t compromise, you have one of two choices: fight or flight. You can either duke it out with them, or you can just run.  Neither option is very pleasing.

The Israelites coud do neither in their condition.  The once proud people of God were now enslaved by cruel rulers of Egypt. They didn’t have the power to fight or flee.

They had generally been homeless since Abraham, wondering  between Babylonia, Palestine and Egypt. The Israelites thought they had finally found a home when one of the Pharoahs invited them to settle in the best of the land (Genesis 47:5.6).

Times change, however, as the Israelites discovered.  The Egyptians became increasingly decadent, and less spiritual, at least in positively so.  Finally, the people of God ran up against Ramses, who practiced black magic and infanticide (Exodus 1:15). He put them to work on his massive building projects.

Ramses was extremely tyrannical. He was known to require the Israelites to use their dead children as bricks if they couldn’t meet their quota.

There appeared to be no way out of their dark, horrible condition, until God heard the groans of his people and sent them a savior in Moses. Moses tried to negotiate with Ramses, but the effort was fruitless. Pharoah’s heart was hard as a rock.

Facing with fighting or fleeing, the Israelites chose the latter, at God’s direction. He had promised a home to Abraham’s descendants, and it was time to deliver.

But before they fled, there had to be a fight.  God handled it. He basically took over and began to work miracles on the Israelites behalf.  He sat in motion the plan that led to the exodus from Egypyt. He even once told them to shut up, stop praying and get moving.

We have about a month to leave our current rental, so we’ve been looking for a new place. So far the efforts have been futile. We have fought a good fight, and flight is not really an option, or a desire. We like it here.

One day this week I came home and learned that a place I thought might work was gone, already rented. I got discouraged and said,”That’s it. I’m going to quit praying.”

God took me up on it. In fact, I think this is what He wants.  The message in my heart from Him is, “I’ve got it under control, so stop praying.”  

In fact, when I try to pray on the matter, the words won’t come. It’s as if someone has blocked my vocal chords or thoughts. So, I have quit praying.

What we need is a new home and a new life in this new community. We have prayed and fought like crazy people for months. We can’t seem to pull it off, so we are stuck unless God intervenes.

He sent a savior to Israel in Moses ; He also sent us a Savior in Jesus Christ. I think He is about to send us a savior in our immediate circumstances. I don’t think we will have to flee the area, and I believe my inability to pray on the matter is a signal that there won’t even be a fight. If there is, God is leading the charge.

Well, shut my mouth, as they say here in the South.

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“Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid. Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me.  Say to my soul,’I am your salvation’ (Psalm 35:1-3).”

As a noun, a saddle is a a tool which supports a rider. Wikipedia says that saddles have a long history, and are now specialized. In fact, the saddles must be carefully fitted to each rider.

Using Edward De Bono’s lateral thinking, I have been trying to come up with ideas to solve some issues in my life through the use of random words. One of these words is “saddle”.

When I think of the saddle, it brings to mind the idea of it being a useful tool for avoiding a rough ride. As I thought of this the other day, I began to think that in order to avoid a tough go on some of my problems, I needed tools.

I thought a really beneficial tool would be a boatload of money. That would solve a lot of my problems, I thought. I know I am not alone in my thinking.  We all think money makes the world go round. 

However, as I ruminated on my need for devices to deal with areas that conern me, I realized that I already had the best tool at hand. It’s right next to my bed. It’s called a Bible.

The Bible is an excellent manual for giving me insight into taking care of unsettling matters. Do I have a financial problem? Well, the Bible has lots to say about money. For example, it tells me not to love it (Luke 16:13).

What about problems in relationships?  The Scriptures definitely talk about handling those. For instance, the wise man of Proverbs gives some thoughts on dealing with an enemy (Proverbs 25:21-22).

The Bible is a great  book for instructions about how to take care of the practical matters of life.  Primarily though, its purpose is to help us get to know and interact with the living God.

So what does God have to say about my problems? Well, for one, He says He is concerned about them. When the Israelites were groaning under the whip of the Egyptians, the Lord heard their cry and noted their suffering, with a view to taking the matter into His hands (Exodus 2:23-25).

The Bible shows that God is especially an Advocate for those in dire straits.  Hebrew midwives were in great danger when they stood up to Pharoah and refused to kill off Israelite make babies as he had commanded.  Yet, because these women feared Him, He took up their cause and protected and blessed them (Exodus 1:15-21).

Right now I have a lot of battles going on. It’s all a little overwhelming.  

There’s good reason why. I have an enemy called Satan, supported by an army of evil ex-angels, who is trying to destroy me (I Peter 5:8).

The good news is that God is there as my General, leading the fight against Satan and his cohorts. God has His own army of army of angels, the good ones, who battle Satan’s equivalents on my behalf (Psalm 35:4-6).

As a member of God’s armed forces, I need to please my General.  Look what happened recently to America’s top general in its biggest war when he dissed his boss, the President of the United States. He got a pink slip and was sent on his way.

The best way to please General God is to believe Him, to put our faith in Him and do what He tells us. When we please God, he rewards us, just as He did with those Hebrew midwives.

At the moment, I think the best way for me to please God is to follow Him as He leads against the enemy. The participants in the spiritual war going on around me are mostly invisible, but the carnage is very visible in my life when I lose a battle.

God commended a whole list of ancient people for putting their faith in God and “being certain” of what they could not see (Hebrews 11:1,2). I figure they must have gotten on their simple saddles back then, mounted up, and followed their General.

That’s what I have to do in this modern age.  God has a saddle specifically designed for my ride in life, meant to lessen the injuries as I gallop along. 

Gotta go. It’s time to mount up!

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“Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep. O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.  How priceless is your unfailing love!  Both high and low among men  find  refuge in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:5-7).”

The word of the day is “saddle”.  As a verb it can mean to place an imposing responsibility or burden on someone.

I feel I have been saddled with an  an onerous task  these days because I am trying to find housing in an expensive university community. We are on a tight budget. What makes the job even more burdensome is that decent homes are few and far between because a lot of places are booked by students far in advance.

There is a biblical principle that I am having difficulty following at the moment which also makes the effort to find housing a huge load.  The wise man of Proverbs says,”Finish your outdoor work and get your fields ready; after that, build your house (Proverbs 24:27)”.

My “field”, my source of income, produces a low yield.  My job is low paying. As a result, it’s not too easy to be setting up house in this community.

All of this can make me seem  like the donkey Eeyore in the famous “Winnie the Pooh” series — dismal and gloomy.   I suppose I’m not much fun to be around. 

For example, I was hopeful that of a prospective place yesterday, but I learned when I came home from work that it had already been rented. This put me in a sour mood. My attitude toward the house hunt became like Eeyore’s. He likes to say,”Days, weeks, months, who knows.” That was me last night.

A hard job can make life seem like a daily dose of castor oil. When you get to heaven, ask the Israelites who lived in Egypt.

The Egyptians enslaved them and worked them mercilessly. The Scriptures say,” They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly (Exodus 1:14).”

Later, they even increased the burden on the Israelites by taking away their straw, a key ingredient in their brick making.  When the Israelites complained, telling Pharoah “You tell us to ‘make bricks’, but you take away our straw”, Pharoah just responded by calling them lazy bums and telling them to get back to work (Exodus 5:6-18).

The devil is trying to tell me that God is an Egyptian taskmaster and I am an Israelite.  I am looking up at God and saying, “Make bricks without straw! C’mon!”

The Bible is telling me the truth about Him, however.  In fact, the Scriptures are saying to me that God has a metaphorical house of His own I can live in. It’s filled with all kinds of nice and delightful things for my family and I to enjoy (Psalm 36:8). Living in this home can keep me going.

In addition, the wise man of Proverbs says that God has the wisdom I need to find my own place. He can help me establish my own home with the same priceless stuff He has in His (Proverbs 24:3,4).

Finally, the same wise man tells me that God will protect me from unscrupulous people (e.g., greedy landlords or bad management companies) who want to abuse me in this process.  This fellow also says that even if I stumble in this hunt over and over again, God will pick me up (Proverbs 24:15,16).

The truth is, the same God who made the beautiful heavens and earth loves me and my family. He won’t leave us in the lurch.

Donovan wrote a song to express what he believed we humans needed to dwell on: the heavenly beauty of our Lord.

Colour in sky prussian blue
Scarlet fleece changes hue
Crimson ball sinks from view

Wear your love like heaven 
Wear your love like heaven 
Wear your love like heaven 

Lord, kiss me once more
Fill me with song
[God], kiss me once more
That I may, that I may
Wear my love like heaven 
Wear my love like heaven 

Colour sky havana lake
Colour sky rose carmethene
Alizarian crimson
Wear your love like heaven 
Wear your love like heaven 
Wear your love like heaven 

Can I believe what I see
All I have wished for will be
All our [human] race  proud and free
Wear your love like heaven 
Wear your love like heaven 
Wear your love like heaven 

Like Donovan, I believe I need a kiss from the same God who created the gorgeous heavens and who has overwhelming, magnificent attributes of His own. I could use a hug from Him in my circumstances. Then I can pass His love on. I won’t have to be a human Eeyore anymore, walking around with a gloomy countenance.

Me: “Hey, whaddya think about wearing your love like heaven, Eeyore?” 

Eeyore: “It works, didn’t expect it to.”

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