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We Are So Blessed!

wysiwyg 23 Apr 02 - 11:33 AM
irishajo 23 Apr 02 - 12:13 PM
wysiwyg 23 Apr 02 - 12:18 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Apr 02 - 01:26 PM
Ebbie 23 Apr 02 - 05:42 PM
Stephen L. Rich 23 Apr 02 - 11:48 PM
Bert 24 Apr 02 - 12:48 AM
wysiwyg 24 Apr 02 - 01:09 AM
Bert 24 Apr 02 - 01:26 AM
hesperis 24 Apr 02 - 12:06 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 24 Apr 02 - 02:00 PM
Stephen L. Rich 25 Apr 02 - 12:28 AM
Bert 25 Apr 02 - 04:19 AM
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Subject: We Are So Blessed!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 11:33 AM

In my 3-CD player are Isaac (Dickie) Freeman and Doc Watson, each man giving me a project that sums up a life lived well, songs sung from the heart, music that will last forever.

These men fit in there like peas in a pod, and I am sure there are women in my collection, whose work does not happen to be loaded today just by chance, equally at home in presenting the real beauty of the human spirit to people round about them.

It has often been said that the voice of God consists of is each of the individual strains we can hear with our human ears.

How odd it suddenly seemed to me, when Freeman yielded the floor to Watson just now, how very silly and insane it is that we ever use our voices to hurt, not to bless. I was thinking first of Mudcat, but really, it's the world.

But how blessed we are, in music alone! And how blessed we are in blessing others with our gift of music-- however large or small, soft or loud, sweet or strong, it may be!

~Susan


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: irishajo
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 12:13 PM

I read this post and ever since have been singing this song in my head:

The windows of heaven are open,
The blessings are falling tonight
There's joy, joy, joy in my heart
Since Jesus made everything right,
I gave Him my old tattered garments;
He gave me a robe of pure white,
I'm feasting on manna from heaven,
And that's why I'm happy tonight.

Here's a link to another verse and a midi. Don't know who wrote it, the link says it's traditional. Maybe someone will have more info.

Thanks for the thoughts Susan.

-Amy


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 12:18 PM

Thanks, Amy.

Non-Christian and non-religious thoughts equally welcome.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 01:26 PM

It's all a matter of perspective, and faith. Whenever I start to say that I am lucky, I catch myself and say that I am blessed. In my heart I know that "luck" has nothing to do with it. It's the difference between feeling that a quirk of fate has resulted in something good happening to me, and being GRATEFUL for a gift. How do you thank fate?

Jerry


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 05:42 PM

Just occurs to me to wonder who is *more* grateful- we, in our comfortable homes, with friends all around us, and with the leisure to make music... or people whose homes have been shattered around them with the promise of more violence to come- but, hey! We got through last night with no one in our family lost... Thank God. Or, Allah.

I'm not knocking the thought of being blessed, Susan, I fully agree. At times when I have been concerned, even worried about something, when it comes time to offer it up and let it go, all that really comes up is JOY. Music is a very large part of that joy.


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 23 Apr 02 - 11:48 PM

Is there really any reason that both terms cannot be used? I don't mean interchangably. I mean as applied to different types of events.

I've been through many events in my life that by all rights should, quite literally, have killed me and didn't. I therefor have no doubt that somebody up there is watching out for me.

On the other hand, if I'm running late on a given morning and manage to slide up to the bus stop just as the bus is pulling in, I'm generally inclined to mark that up to dumb luck.

I thank God for each little mitzvah anyway.

All I'm saying is that, in an ifinite universe, there would seem to be plenty of room for God and the fates.

Stephen


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Bert
Date: 24 Apr 02 - 12:48 AM

YOU may be blessed WYSILUV, *GRIN*, But I'm still looking for a job.

Then again I've got my Tree, so I guess I am blessed. *MORE GRINS*


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Apr 02 - 01:09 AM

If y'ain't gone deeb an' duff, you'se still blessed, silly.

By MOOZIC.

~S~


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Bert
Date: 24 Apr 02 - 01:26 AM

Yup


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: hesperis
Date: 24 Apr 02 - 12:06 PM

Yepper!

*Hug for Sooz*

What kind of job you lookin' for, Bert?


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 24 Apr 02 - 02:00 PM

I agree with you, Stephen. I don't think that God sweats the small stuff. Sometimes stuff just works out. But, things like health, a loving wife and the gift of musical talent.. I don't think that's luck. As best I can, I try to give credit where I think credit is due.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Stephen L. Rich
Date: 25 Apr 02 - 12:28 AM

Jerry -- Well said.

Stephen


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Subject: RE: We Are So Blessed!
From: Bert
Date: 25 Apr 02 - 04:19 AM

Hey Hesp,
Well hell, just about anything. I'm nominally a Mechanical Engineer. But I'm also a Computer programmer - that's a programmer NOT a hacker, so don't talk to me about C or C++ or Microsoft or Cold Fusion or Sequel Server.

I started off as a boilermaker and I learned that from the best there is, so I can still beat ANYONE at that game. I worked in construction management for many years so I can still do that. I worked as a mechanical designer for twelve years and still think of myself as a designer, If you need a mechanical design problem solved, then I'm your man.

Most of my recent experience has been with custom programming in Microstation CAD. If you know anyone that needs to turn their CAD system from an electric pencil into a fully automated system then give me a call.

I try to write and sing songs as well, but I'm still learning that.


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