"Lord, Lord, my prayer flies, Like a word on a wing."
You could be forgiven for thinking this is a sentence from a Sunday morning sermon. Or perhaps the lyrics of a venerable Gospel song.
Instead, it was penned by one of the most creative singer songwriters of the 20th and 21st centuries, and was just one of the many prayerful lyrics filling "Word on a Wing" - classed by many as David Bowie's "most underrated" song.
1/26/16: A gov’t-appointed health panel recommendedscreening for depression “during pregnancy and after giving birth” for the first time, highlighting an under-addressed issue among women. Is there a spiritual support we can each offer the new moms in our lives?
It’s been a five year whirlwind since college graduation. Between new cities and new jobs, I’ve also attended more weddings than I ever imagined I would. And while I’m still catching up with wedding registries, I feel the next stage of life approaching. Here come the babies!
On the night before his assassination, Martin Luther King said in a speech in Memphis, “We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop…And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I’m happy tonight….Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
The first full moon on Christmas Eve in nearly four decades graced the skies this past December. That night, my family and I attended a candlelight church service where we listened to an incredibly talented violinist and cellist play an arrangement of 'Silent Night' that could only be described as holy. It was an awe-filled moment when we left the church just before midnight, the moon lighting our path.
Most people reading the words “heart healthy” would probably think they referred to the quality of food or maybe some sort of exercise. Are there reasons to believe that what we think has an impact on the health of our hearts?
There is actually a significant amount of research taking place showing the effect of one’s thoughts on health. Bruce Lipton, PH.D, a cell biologist and former Stanford research scholar, studies and writes about the impact of our thoughts on our cells. In a recent video he says: “Before we blame the cells, we must first look at our thoughts, our beliefs and our behaviors because these are more important to our health than the genes.” He concludes: “When we change our thoughts, behaviors and beliefs, we can change our biology. We are the masters of our lives not the victim of our genes.”
I haven't heard it, but if there were such a joke, it would probably be based on a stereotype of one kind or another. Stereotyping another's religion can be a hurtful thing, in some cases even malicious in its intent. It can breed fear and violence. But it can also be a red flag that something needs to change, and a time for recognizing that we can do better than this. We can do a better job of understanding one another.
The celebrity influence is pervasive in our lives. We take our cues from celebrities on what to wear, what to watch and how to spend our money. And, we listen to their health advice. This advice spreads more easily these days with the growth of social media. After all, Katy Perry - promoter of vitamin supplements - has 80 million Twitter followers; that’s 77 million more than the World Health Organization!
Like many people, I love listening to the radio when driving. I don’t subscribe to satellite radio with their clear signals, so sometimes, the music or news programs I am listening to get interrupted by static. But I know that when I tweak the dial just a bit, or drive on further, that particular station will once again come in loud and clear.