You decide what’s right, You decide what’s good.
Just remember (Just remember)
Someone is on your side (Our side…Our side)
While we’re seeing our side-(Our side….Our side)
They are not alone.
No one is alone
Hard to see the light now. Just don’t let it go.
Things will come out right now. We can make it so.
Someone is on your side,
No one is alone.
Because we have to decide what is right,
we have to decide what is good.
This is not right. This is not good.
We are not alone.
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free
- ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
- ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gained,
- To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
- Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.
- “Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song written by Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) in 1848. Aaron Copland includes the orchestral piece is his delightful composition ‘Appalachian Spring.’ My favorite singing version is by Judy Collins (of course). You might also enjoy this one with Yo Yo Ma and Allison Krauss.
So it’s Sunday morning and the Guest Pastor is wearing a lampshade on his head. (Yeah, that’ll happen when the Senior Pastor is stuck on a plane with the mission team trying to get home from Texas.)
The lampshade is one of those ivory-colored, flute shaped (well, upside-down flutes) where the circular opening at the top is 6-8 inches across then opens out to a wide, wire rim to support the shade.
Walking in the light of God’s word and knowing his ways…..this is the Scripture he shares with us:
Pastor D. also shares from Psalm 119, verse 105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path,” then reaches into his crinkly, blue Ikea bag. When he pulls out the lampshade, a lightbulb goes off (sorry about that)–what a perfect illustration!
Unfortunately, there is no long range spotlight that goes down the pathway of my life 150 feet in front of me. No, at the most, it may be only a ten foot radius at my feet. And the path forward is actually difficult to see (as the lampshade is covering my eyes). However, with my view down at my feet I can clearly see the path before me a few steps at a time.
And if I’m stuck? Can’t see what’s next?
He admonishes us, “Go back to the last time you said ‘yes’ to God (or ‘no’). Start there. Then move again. And again. And again.”
Here’s to taking the next right step as He lights the way in the dark.