Posts filed under ‘Inspirational Poetry’

Check this out: “A prayer tsunami”

As we have all been trying to get our minds around the devastation of earthquake and tsunami in Japan — and as we’ve all been embracing our fellow brothers and sisters in Japan in our hearts and prayers, it is still overwhelming to me to”grok” what has happened there.

In working to get past feeling helpless and overwhelmed,  I have found many articles and blog posts to be very inspiring.  They are chronicling the prayers as well as the humanitarian work going on all over the world for Japan.

Here is a blog post called “A prayer tsunami” posted on christianscience.com. Check it out!
It starts off with the guest blogger, Steve Salt giving his perspective from the West Coast of the United States:

“As word spread today about the devastating earthquake that hit Japan, a wave of fear began to spread around the globe. It is palpable. Video of the destruction viewed by billions is intensifying that anxiety.

As of this writing, the west coast of the United States is under a tsunami warning and residents are bracing for possible destruction along the western shores caused by the volume and speed of ocean waters. Just as tangible are the tidal waves of apprehension.

The ripple effect of this news is a heightened sense of insecurity. It is a challenge to the human psyche when the very ground we stand on is deemed unstable. It can shake our very core.

My prayer this morning continues to rest on the unshaken realm of God’s creation. I can find security there. Life is neither fragile nor trapped on the surface of a tiny ball of dirt in the vast vacuum of space. As I study my Bible I realize that life is formidable.”
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The rest of the article and the comments posted by people all over the world have been very inspiring to me.   In response, I wish to share inspiration that I have discovered this week:
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March 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm 4 comments

A Christmas Eve Invitation


Dear Friends!
Wishing you a joyful Christmas and Holiday Season

and a most wonderful, prosperous New Year!
You are invited to spend an inspiring Christmas Eve

at Third Church of Christ, Scientist in NYC
at 63rd & Park Avenue.
With warm Christmas love to each of you!

Julia

December 23, 2010 at 1:16 pm 2 comments

How’s Your Garden of Songs?

“‘Tis like the birthday of the world,
When earth was born in bloom;
The light is made of many dyes,
The air is all perfume:
There’s crimson buds, and white and blue
The very rainbow showers,
Have turned to blossoms where they fell,
And sown the earth with flowers.”
Thomas Hood

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How’s your garden of songs? Here are some May offerings from the Digital Sheet Music store on watchfiremusic.com.  Sow these titles and reap the beauty of Inspirational Music for your church and worship services!  Happy Gardening!

Apple of My Eye by Deborah Offenhauser
As a Little Child — by Desiree Goyette
Gift of Gratitude — by Andrew D. Brewis (more…)

May 11, 2010 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Music — A Healing Agent

After being involved in the NYC Spiritual Activists Summit a couple of weeks ago, I got to thinking again about the huge potential and opportunity music holds to inspire, lift up and heal.

I wrote a short article that I posted to On The Summit — a great site dedicated to allowing Summit attendees and visitors to stay in touch with one another, and to continue exploring spirituality, friendship, etc.  (Check out the “Best of” Highlights of the weekend!)

Friday night music at the NYC Summit; photo by Nathaniel Wilder

I wanted to share my article with you on here on my blog. The Summit weekend reminded me of an experience I had when I was 16 and the healing that resulted. Music played an important role in helping me get to that point of healing.

So here goes!
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May 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm Leave a comment

Songs of Spring — An 11th Hour Addition!

Hi Folks,

After I posted “Songs of Spring” — a list of Easter and Spring solos, Watchfire Music composer Carolyn Kardinal sent a brand new Easter solo, “Rabboni, Rabboni” to be added to her WFM web page.  It’s now available.

If you are still searching for that last minute gem of a piece for your worship service — this may be just the answer!

Enjoy exploring this beautiful new solo hot off the press! Click here for more info.
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March 30, 2010 at 10:02 am 2 comments

Songs of Spring

Hello, my fellow friends in hibernation!  Can you feel it?  You know, that subtle little thing in the air — riding  just behind the final March rains and snows — telling us that indeed, the winter is over.

Ah!  I am so ready for fragrant warm breezes, sunshine days, green trees, fields of flowers and birds singing in the air.  Here in New York City, all that translates to walks in Central Park and long hikes and runs along the Hudson River Park.  Those are my two nature options living in NYC, and let me tell you, I am grateful for them!

Springtime New York Style (from nylacoast2coast.wordpress.com)

I can’t wait to get outside again!  It has been a long and most definitely indoor winter for me.  Time to break out!  For me, Easter always heralds this breaking out,  and it’s just around the corner again… in a couple of weeks!

So let me get to the point:  While dreaming of the flowers and fresh air to come, this blog post is really a last-minute list of some great Easter and springtime sacred music available on watchfiremusic.com.   For you singers still seeking that perfect Easter Solo for your church’s worship services, check out these songs!  Enjoy!!
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March 19, 2010 at 12:14 am 2 comments

Interview with Musical Duo Pressman & Ponzek

Pressman & Ponzek:
A Natural Collaboration!

Pressman & Ponzek are a musical duo consisting of pianist, vocalist, composer and producer Lisa Pressman and guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, arranger and producer Tim Ponzek.  Combining their many musical skills and talents, Lisa and Tim have worked together for many years and have created their own unique musical signature style.

Together in their latest recording “Tomorrow the World,” they draw upon their musical kinship and their extensive studies of the Latin, Jazz and Classical repertoire. Lisa’s crystalline piano and pure vocals combine with Tim’s romantic classical guitar to create a delightful, relaxing and even ethereal listening experience on “Tomorrow The World.”  The energy of their dynamic musical interplay can be experienced as well as in Lisa and Tim’s previous release “if the sky was home”.

In addition to their recordings, Lisa and Tim have made their music available in sheet music form for other performers to experience and share:  piano/vocal scores, piano scores, guitar charts and now lead sheets.

Lisa and Tim live in one of my favorite spots on the planet – the desert of Arizona.  In listening to their music,  I feel like their special collaboration of Inspirational music is influenced at least a little by the beauty of the desert — its rhythms, melodies and harmonies played out in sweeping landscapes, plant and animal life.  It turns out that other parts of nature also play a deeply creative role in inspiring their shimmering music.

Find out how this dynamic duo works together and what makes their collaboration so natural.

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December 9, 2009 at 11:43 am 2 comments

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