Religion


Totally post-spamming today.

I heard this song on the radio a little while ago and was captivated by the first verse. Since then, I’ve discovered that the chorus reminds me of another song or a children’s lullaby (particularly Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, but I don’t think it actually matches that one), which kind of annoys me. Still, there is something entrancing about this song for me.

Mikeschair – Someone Worth Dying For

You might be the wife,
Waiting up at night
You might be the man,
Struggling to provide
Feeling like it’s hopeless

Maybe you’re the son,
Who chose a broken road
Maybe you’re the girl,
Thinking you’ll end up alone
Praying God can you hear me?
Oh God are you listening?

(Chorus)
Am I more than flesh and bone?
Am I really something beautiful?
Yeah, I wanna believe, I wanna believe that
I’m not just some wandering soul
That you don’t see and you don’t know
Yeah I wanna believe, Jesus help me believe that I
Am someone worth dying for

I know you’ve heard the truth that God has set you free
But you think you’re the one that grace could never reach
So you just keep asking, what everybody’s asking

Chorus

You’re worth it, you can’t earn it
Yeah the Cross has proven
That you’re sacred and blameless
Your life has purpose

You are more than flesh and bone
Can’t you see you’re something beautiful
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe
He wants you to see, He wants you to see
That you’re not just some wandering soul
That can’t be seen and can’t be known
Yeah you gotta believe, you gotta believe that you
Are someone worth dying for

You’re someone worth dying for
You’re someone worth dying for

 

There is also something beautiful about the music video.  Despite the “theologically correct” comments, which in my opinion missed the intent of the song, I find the video very touching.

Letting the sounds soak in now…

Lately, I’ve been feeling a lot like the lyrics to some of the songs I’ve been listening to on and off on the radio.

I’m particularly feeling like these lyrics (especially the second half):

Still you call me to walk
On the edge of this world
To spread my dreams and fly
But the future’s so far
My heart is so frail
I think I’d rather stay inside

Good thing we get the chorus, despite feeling that way ^ ^

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And this one sometimes…

This part gives me hope :)

But I’m still a dreamer
A believer
Oh, I lost my faith in so many things
But I still believe in You
‘Cause You can make anything new

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Lastly, the song I couldn’t remember but waited until I found again before I felt right finishing this post.  I am in complete love with this song.

Can you hold me together?
Can your love reach down this far?
Can you hold me together?
‘Cause without You holding my heart
I’m falling apart

This weekend is Easter, which means…

Bunnies, egg hunts, spring, and all sorts of happiness?

Well, kind of.  But that’s not really Easter.

Today is Good Friday, but I have issues with saying “Happy Good Friday”… because it’s happy in one way, but I can’t really reconcile the tortuous, suffering death of a man to a happy holiday.  (I do have all sorts of warm feelings for “Happy Easter,” though.)  I think this post puts it best:

Good Friday: The Holiday That’s Different

And now, a little talk about the real Easter.  Easter is a celebration of new life, I think, representative of the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion.  Easter marks the end of Lent, a 40-day fasting period that started with Ash Wednesday, and the start of Eastertide, a 50-day long celebration feast.  (That’s a LOT of eating.  For srsly.)

Secularly, Easter is a time when the Easter bunny comes and delivers  Easter eggs to children.  This often involves Easter egg hunts, which I personally find to be fun even as a “grown-up” (I guess there’s a treasure-seeker in all of us XD).  Easter eggs often have candies or maybe even money inside, and some families engage in egg decorating or egg painting, in which you remove the inside of an egg and then paint the shell with different colors and decorations.  That is also fun :3

At work, one of the managers goes around all the floors and puts Easter eggs (plastic ones) with candy (jelly beans and chocolate, this year) on the top part of the door frames.  She also hides some of the eggs around, but I haven’t found any yet XD  (Maybe I should look in the trees or decorations.)  And she also wore bunny ears today :p

I love both sides of the Easter tradition — the real meaning, but also the secular fun stuff.  I sort of see the latter as an extension of the celebration that takes place on Easter Sunday.

So, I’ll leave you with a short riddle of “name that sound.”  What goes “bok bok bok”?

I’ll give a virtual(ly invisible XD) prize to anyone to gets it right :P  Okay, maybe I’ll give you some cookies or something.

Have a blessed and reflective Good Friday :)

Just heard this song.  I’m feeling particularly inclined towards escapism right now, so I rather like it XD

Haven’t we all wanted someone to come take us away at some point in our lives?  Away from the stress, or the pressure, or the sadness, or maybe just the mundane routines of life.   If you’ve never felt that way, then I’m really glad for you — you’re either the kind of person who is content/happy with their lives no matter what, and that’s a blessing, or the kind of person who has the strong will to make the change for yourself.  But, being the dreamer that I am, I know I’ve wanted to be swept off my feet and taken away to something better :)

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It’s okay if you can’t go and changed what happened
It was just a bad day
And you know everybody has them
I get it when you say
You feel like everyone’s passed you over
But it’s not too late
I’ll pick the weight up off your shoulders

I’m coming to take you away
To the place where pain won’t find you
I’m coming to take you away
So leave the weight of the world behind you
And you know nothing’s too far
Nothing’s too hard
I’ll always be there
I’m coming to take you away

Don’t cry cause you know you’re not alone
Now, let me dry your eyes
Now it’s time that you finally find out
There will always be a new day
At the end of every hard one
Now I’m on my way
So I can be there to help you start one
I’m bringing a new sun

I’m coming to take you away
To the place where pain won’t find you
I’m coming to take you away
So leave the weight of the world behind you
And you know nothing’s too far
Nothing’s too hard
I’ll always be there
I’m coming to take you away
To take you away

I’m coming to get you
So leave your bags at the home that held you down
You can’t pack for the place we’re going now
It doesn’t matter what’s going on
I’m the one to get you out

I’m going to take you
Where the sun lights up your face
Where you can’t remember yesterday
’til the hurt has been replaced
I’m coming to take you away

I’m coming to take you away
So leave the weight of the world behind you
And I know nothing’s too far
Nothing’s too hard
I’ll always be there
I’m coming to take you away
Take you away

I just heard this song last night, and I really liked it :D  Well, the first verse, anyways.  I didn’t hear the rest of the song yesterday XD  But I found it somehow, so here ya go~

If I could, I’d really like to send/dedicate this song to some friends I know who know how particularly that first verse feels, as much as or more than I do.  I think you know who you are :)

Do you wonder why you have to
Feel the things that hurt you?
If there’s a God who loves you, where is He now?

Maybe there are things you can’t see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending

Someday, somehow, you’ll see, you’ll see

Life is not a snapshot
It might take a little time,
But you’ll see the bigger picture

Happy St. Patricks Day!

Today is the religious holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, celebrated internationally.  It’s generally a day of wearing green, making merry, and getting happily drunk until you’re singing loud Irish songs with the rest of the pub.  Or some such :P  At least, modern times have turned the holiday into a celebration of these traditions.

The fun aside from the drinking includes pinching anyone who forgot to wear green today XD;  Lucky for me, I have a green band that I wear around my wrist every day, so I didn’t get pinched (yay).

But the original story behind the holiday is actually much more significant and religious.  St. Patrick was originally from Roman Britain, but he was kidnapped early in his life and worked as a slave in Ireland for many years before escaping to the coast and his freedom after a command from God.  Once home, he studied to be a priest and eventually returned to Ireland to evangelize there.  The most interesting thing for me was that he used the shamrock, or three-leaf clover, to explain and represent the Holy Trinity, and that is why shamrocks are a traditional symbol of this holiday today.

I really don’t know much about St. Patrick’s Day… and everything above was taken liberally from Wikipedia XP  But I just wanted to commemorate the day and share some significant/interesting stuff for me about today ^^  I’m still stuck on the significance of the shamrock XD;  THEREFORE… I’ll share with you some pictures I saw whilst I was searching for the perfect shamrock picture.

The end XD

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today is March 16, which I heard for the first time on the radio is John 3:16 day :)  I’ve never thought of it before, but it seems like that radio station is really big on holidays XD  So am I, so it works out well.

They recommended that today, everyone share John 3:16 with at least one person.  Maybe it’s a little cheating for me to post it, but I think I’m too intimidated by strangers to talk to them in person T__T;;  But anyways, here is the verse.  I think that it’s probably one of the most famous, powerful, and fundamental verses.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

— John 3:16 (NIV)

My dear friend Iris told me a few months ago that she has been recently starting to listen to Christian music.  Previously, she was pretty into K-Pop and up-to-date on a lot of that music.  (She knows like everything about everything media-related, I feel like.)

Before that, I rarely listened to Christian music, because it made me feel kind of… I’m not sure.  It was just an awkward, uncomfortable feeling, and I pinned it on the idea that a lot of them sounded like love songs, but they weren’t; at least, not in the typical way.  They weren’t romantic love songs to a significant other.  They were love songs to God.  And that just really weirded me out for some reason.  I mean, I always liked worship songs (at church), but not so much contemporary music.

After Iris told me that, I started listening more and more to Christian music.  I happily found that there are Christian radio stations, and Pandora also has Christian music.  And the funny thing is, I started to like a lot of the songs.

I think part of the reason I started moving towards this kind of music is because most of the music out there these days… well, some might be catchy, but most of them don’t really inspire a clean, righteous kind of life.  They make you want to go to a club and do some dirty dancing, and maybe at the end of the night you’ll be wasted enough to take a stranger home for activities you might not remember the next day, if you’re lucky.  Maybe that works for some people, but it’s really not my thing, and it’s not to me what a fulfilling life would be like.

I like to think that I can do something useful with my life — as useful as anyone could be, anyways.  Whether for self-fulfillment, happiness, a higher calling, God’s purpose, or just because, I’d like to be productive and bless others.  Normally, I do a terrible job, but it’s something I like to aspire to.  And I don’t think that many other people could truthfully say that they don’t want a purposeful life.  I don’t think many people enjoy wandering around aimlessly.  If nothing else, it’s sort of boring and repetitive.  You start wondering, “What’s the point?”

Anyways, sorry for the long locution at the potential expense of offending anyone who is not religious (or is of a different religion).  I just wanted to put up some songs that I heard recently that I like >__<  I think that, regardless of your beliefs, there is something beautiful, true, and touching in all of these songs.

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