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Friday, 13 February 2015

Don't be afraid to care.

Again I have the opportunity to quote from the lyrics of one of the greatest albums ever released. I had the privilege of hearing  Pink Floyd perform Dark Side of the Moon a year before it was released on album and have to say that I was slightly disappointed when I first heard the recorded version. The live version was I thought even better. But there you are!

All of these years on and I am still listening to Pink Floyd. In fact as I sit here now Dave Gilmour is thrilling my ears as I listen to his solo album "On an Island."

If you have not heard it I suggest you get hold of a copy and sit back and wonder at the magnificence of good ole Dave's playing. It was Gilmour who sang the words this posting is named after. The song was:

Breathe (Waters, Gilmour, Wright)

Breathe, breathe in the air. 
Don't be afraid to care. 
Leave but don't leave me. 
Look around and choose your own ground. 

Long you live and high you fly 
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry 
And all you touch and all you see 
Is all your life will ever be. 

Run, rabbit run. 
Dig that hole, forget the sun, 
And when at last the work is done 
Don't sit down it's time to dig another one. 

For long you live and high you fly 
But only if you ride the tide 
And balanced on the biggest wave 
You race towards an early grave. 

The song really is dark and the whole album somewhat depressive in it's message which causes me to make contrasts between what the world offers and what we can have through faith in Jesus Christ.

I was thrilled and amazed recently at the news that a young man from Torpoint went into a church to ask the pastor how he might find God. He had explored other religions and world philosophies and found them impotent in offering hope of relationship with the creator. But too him there was a dissatisfaction with life and he knew that there must be more to it than simple philosophy and doing your best in the hope to please some deity on high. As faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins was explained and during a period of days pondering the gospel message the young man recognised that relationship with God was possible but only for those who are free from sin. That is an impossibility for all people because whether we like it or not we are born in sin and we are unable to change that fact. But the young man had been taught rightly in that he understood his dilemma but could trust in the sacrifice of Jesus made on the cross in order that He might take our deserved punishment as if He was the guilty one and then exchanging our hopelessness for His rightness! That requires us to admit that we are sinful and to prayerfully in humility ask the Only One who can deal with it to forgive us and to help us to live a life that honours God. The bible calls this being born again. 

As with our first birth there has to be breath to keep us alive. One of the most nervous moments for a mother is the time it takes for a new born baby to take it's first breath. When it does rejoicing is the order of the day a new life is being lived. From that moment on we are all afraid tp care who God is but when we are born again we:

Breathe and we are not afraid to care for God who is now our Saviour!

I am not sure at this moment how I might apply the rest of the lyrics but it is a great tune anyway!

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