Friday, April 21, 2017


I just walked in the door from our WCS Fine Arts' Department production of Lilies Of The Field. It was tremendous! This entry, from August 20, 2012, references the movie based on the play. While in Vietnam, I work with an eighty-three year old American missionary named Tom Tune. Believe me when I tell you that there is no one quite like Tom! One afternoon a month ago, I heard Tom singing the chorus to the old gospel hymn:
"Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,

We shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheaves."
I remarked that we don't sing that song much anymore. Without missing a beat, Tom replied, 
"We don't rejoice much anymore."

What an absolutely true statement! With all we have as Christians to be grateful for, we moan and groan. Tonight as I sat down to supper, I turned on the television and what was playing but my favorite scene in any movie ever! In this clip from Lilies Of The Field, Sidney Poitier is teaching a groups of German nuns who have relocated to the American southwest the old spiritual, AMEN. I know it's only a movie and an old one at that but the look of joy on those womens' faces as they sing about Jesus is priceless. That's what salvation is: priceless. If it's in our hearts, maybe it should be a little more on our faces so the world will see what we understand, that there is a peace that passes understanding. And the church said Amen ......... or at least it should.

To watch Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier) and the nuns sing Amen, click or copy and paste the link below!

Applicable quote of the day:
    I Like this quote I dislike this quoteI think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to "rejoice" as much as by anything else

God bless,
Luke 18:1
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1 comment:

Tidbits of Torah said...

The following is sung to the tune of "There is Power in the Blood"

How can a youngster purify his path?
By observing the Torah of Hashem.
Who is the man who desires life -
who loves days of seeing good?


Guard your tongue
from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn from evil
do good -
seek peace and pursue it
and mediate in the laws of Hashem

Have you returned to your Creator?
Giving allegiance ONLY TO HIM.
Do you sing praises to HIM ALONE?
Or is there a foreign god on your lips my friend?

Oh how I love your Torah
It is a faithful decree that can't be breached
Righteous is the man
who mediates day and night
in the precious Torah of Hashem

and here is another song to the tune of "Softly an Tenderly... is calling, calling.."

Loudly but tenderly, the Shofar is sounding
Calling for Yidden to repent
Tekiah, Shevarim, Teruah, and tekiah
Awaken, you sleepers.... repent
Return, return,Yidden that are slumbering, return
Loudly, but tenderly, the Shofar is sounding
Awaken, you sleepers...repent

Why should you tarry?
The Day of Redemption is approaching
Search your actions and return in penitence
Forsake the sins you are committing, regret and confess them
For HASHEM has mercy and pardons.

Yidden that are slumbering,
Loudly, but tenderly, the Shofar is sounding
Awaken, you sleepers....repent.