Words from the Heart for Thursday July 25th, 2019

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

Song of Songs 2:11-12 (NIV)

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The Season of Singing

Influenced by music from France, French-language folk songs took root in North America during the colonial development of New France. While many of these songs have been preserved almost intact, others have evolved with the passage of time. Back in 1952, Canadian folk singer Alan Mills crafted a 13 track album, which contained a small sample of the thousands of songs which make up the traditional music and culture of 20th century French Canada. Alan Mills’ songs are still available for download on the Smithsonian Museum’s Folkways Music website. They are worth a listen.

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You may be going through a particularly difficult time right now. Although it likely feels that nobody has ever suffered like you are right now, the reality is that suffering is a common human experience. No one avoids grief. Loved ones pass, friendships die, marriages crumble, children and spouses disappoint. Everybody has a story, and included in that story are times of tragedy and pain. Solomon recognized that in the Biblical books he wrote, and he chronicles human life with all its pain, and with all its joys. Because morning always follows night. There is a dawn on the other side of every night. And so he writes in Song of Songs 2:11-12: “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.” We had a particularly difficult winter last winter, but spring did come and now summer is here and the winter is far behind. If you are in the winter of life’s challenges, there is a spring and summer ahead.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley