Source: When The Sun Sets In The Ocean
Lots of music at the end but there are so many songs, from all genres, dealing with these issues.
Catch up on the history of the birds:
Even though the dove ruled with compassion and love
Many birds had decided they had had enough
They wanted a leader like the Eagle had been
Their patience had started to wear thin
As they secretly plotted against his rule
There was a riot at one of the schools
A female red-throated hummingbird said she didn’t like males
Her parents didn’t understand and wanted more details
“What’s there to say? I am in love with another female hummingbird”
Her parents kicked her out of the nest without saying a word
Then an Ivory Gull said he was in love with a Black Rail
“You can not love one not of your kind,” their parents started to yell
They were told they had to leave their land
They were in love and could not understand
The hawk, vulture, condor, falcon and osprey came together
“We are the biggest birds and surely we are the most clever.”
“This is our chance to take a stand,
To make our presence known in the land.”
They quickly spoke up and said; “We can all agree
That these birds style of living isn’t for you or for me.”
The mockingbird and turkeys shook their heads yes
Did they ever have their own thoughts? It was anyone’s guess
They continued, “We shall banish them, but why stop there?”
“If you aren’t from our country, but from lands elsewhere,
Then you should be banned and sent from where you came.”
“All the problems in our land, well, you are all to blame!”
“Syrian Serin, Algerian Desert Lark, Arabian Partridge, African Sacred Ibis
Afghan Babbler, Yemen Thrush, Palestine Sunbird, any we have missed?”
“Oh yes, Somali Starling, West Mexican Chachalaca, Banded Quail
Red-shouldered Hawk, Plumbeous Kite and Aztec Rail.”
“We no longer will welcome you with open arms.”
“We don’t care if less than 1% of you wish to harm.”
“We will no longer take a chance if you are from the Middle East,
From Mexico, if you are LGBT, your numbers must be decreased”
“We should build a cage around our entire land!”
Many of the birds thought that was a great plan
But other birds were smart enough to know if it will keep birds out
It will also keep birds in and of that, they had no doubt
The dove stood tall amidst the growing controversy
“Don’t you see, these birds are the same as you and me.”
“We all have come from different lands to make this land our home.”
“We should accept all birds, not give in to this hate syndrome”
“Where is the good when we choose these birds to be expelled?”
“We have been taught to love all birds, not just ones like yourself”
“The Eagle taught us when he gave us these words:
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all birds
Remind them to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one
To be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle to everyone.”
“I implore all birds to take a stand, to do what is just and right,
To end all this bickering and all these fights.”
“Instead, reach out a helping hand, open your wings wide.”
“We can change this land if we show all birds the love we have inside.”
“We can no longer be the silent majority!
“The words I speak come from the highest authority!”
“Our God, Jesus our Savior, commands us to love!”
The birds started whispering about the dove
One by one they stood up and said: “We agree!”
“This land was made for you and made for me.”
“We can live in love and make this country grand.”
“To the Republic and for what it stands
One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!”
They all agreed it was time to stand together before they all would fall
Bleed The Same by Mandisa-
Heal Our Land by Kari Jobe-
All Around The World by Taj Mahal and Keb Mo –
I Hate Hate by About A Mile –
The Gospel by Ryan Stevenson –
Lousy Sum Of Nothing by Erasure-
Remembered For by Colony House –
How Many Walls by Rise Against-
Reptiles (We Woke Up) by Flogging Molly –
Say It All by Matty Mullins –
World We Used To Know by Scorpions-
Silent Majority by Nickelback-
If We Keep Doing Nothing by Kris Allen-
Pressure Under Fire by Gov’t Mule-
Dear Black Son by Brother Ali-
Pray For The World by Deon Kipping-
All Join Hands by Acoustic Ghost-
The Greater Good by Styx-
Sons and Daughters by Brett Stanfill-
Who Taught You How To Hate by Disturbed-
Feeling lost at school and feeling ignored at home
Surrounded by people but feeling all alone
I think I’m tired of fighting the fight
I’m ready to leave this life tonight
There’s nothing here as far as I can see
I wonder if anyone will even miss me
Meanwhile two blocks away
Stacy winds up another day
She remembers him and when they were so close
But lately he seems distant, disappeared like a ghost
I’ll call him tomorrow to just say hi
She doesn’t know he’s ending his life tonight
Meanwhile two rooms away his parents talk
About how they might go take a walk
Should they go back to his room
They joke how it seems like a tomb
They remember how he laughed not long ago
Would they have tried harder if they had known?
Meanwhile two key strokes away
More of the kids in school type away
Making jokes and calling him names
Doesn’t he know he’s so lame
They wish he would go away and die
Tomorrow they will cry and wonder why
He thinks of how his life will end
Too many torn pieces to try to mend
His phone rings “hey how are you doing”
It’s Stacy asking how things are going
I was going to call you tomorrow but why wait
She didn’t know that tomorrow would’ve been one day too late
A knock on his door and mom says let’s leave
We are all going to go get some ice cream
No ifs ands or buts, you’re going
If they only knew what he thought of doing
His screen beeps and Scott starts to fight
What you guys say is wrong, it isn’t right
How about saying something positive
And he starts to think he might want to live
He gets off his bed and starts to head out the door
That’s when his bible fell onto the floor
A verse about you will have pain, suffering and sorrow
Then the Air1 verse of the day says hope in tomorrow
Then his youth pastor sent a text to see if he was okay
He sent back looks like I’ll make it through another day
Is there someone that you know
That thinks the sun won’t come up tomorrow
One Day Too Late by Skillet –
I Can’t Breathe by Bea Miller –
The Call by Matt Kennon –
Beautiful by MercyMe –
Hard Love by NeedToBreathe-
Hope by Ryan Calhoun –
My Friends by Oh Wonder –
Hope by Superchick-
Hope For The Hopeless by Papa Roach –
Remain by Royal Tailor –
Not Today by Hillsong United –
Be Still And Know by Hannah Kerr –
How Do You Get That Lonely by Blaine Larsen –
Storm Inside Of You by Veronica Ballestrini-
I Want To Live by Skillet –
Broken by Lifehouse –
I walked the land for days. I was told if I could find the castle I would find the Kingdom. Not many I came across had ever heard of the castle, let alone know how to find it. That did not deter me from searching. I heard it calling.
I continued my journey. Desperately looking for anyone who could tell me how to get to the castle. I entered a forest and saw the child. He was looking at me and had a smile on his face.
I asked the child if he knew where the castle was. He looked at me quizzicality and asked, “Where have you looked?”
I started to answer but he continued, “you look but you do not see. The thing you search for is right in front of you.”
This child did not know anything about a castle. “If it is right in front of me then why am I still searching?”
He again said, “because you look but do not see.” He then scurried off into the forest.
I scratched my head, perplexed at that conversation but continued my journey. It had been several days when I came upon another child.
“Hello, can you tell me how to get to the castle?” I asked.
“Where have you searched?” asked the child.
“I have been on so many roads, so many trails, so many paths that I have lost count,” I answered.
“Have any of those roads brought you closer to the castle?”
I thought, what kind of question is that? Isn’t it obvious the answer is no since I am asking you where it is? “I do not believe so. I have not found many people who have even heard of it, let alone know where it is.” What is wrong with the children in this kingdom? I silently thought.
“Many have been on this journey you are on. Some have succeeded in finding the castle. Some have never been on the right path. Others have quit searching when they were only steps away.”
“Why would they quit searching when they were steps away? Couldn’t they see it?” I asked.
“The evil one put scales over their eyes. He does not want anyone finding the castle and he will do whatever it takes to make you turn away and quit searching.”
With that, he left me with only more questions than answers. Who was this evil one? Why would anyone quit searching for something so grand? Why would they not want to live in the castle and the kingdom? None of this was making sense to me.
I continued on the path I was on. I was hoping that I would find someone who could lead me to the castle. It had been months since I saw the last child but I was on a journey and I was not going to stop until I found it.
I was rounding a corner when I saw a man sitting beside the road. “Where ya goin’?” he asked.
“I’m not really sure,” I responded. “I am searching for the castle in the kingdom but I have not been able to find it yet.”
“Oh, I see,” he said. “Mind if I tag along?”
“Not to be disrespectful but I prefer not. This is a journey I must take alone,” I answered.
“Why don’t you go down this way?” he said as he pointed to the left of me. “I have heard down that road will be all the money you could ever want.”
“Thanks, but I have had money and it did not bring me the peace I search for.”
“Why not go down this road?” he said as he pointed to the right. “I have heard there all the women you could ever desire down that road.”
“Thanks, but I have had my share of women and they did not fill the hole in my heart,” I replied.
“Why not turn around and go back to where you were? Surely it is a lot easier than searching for a mythical castle that you will never find.”
“You must be the evil one the child told me about. I will not listen to your serpents tongue. I will be on my way now.”
With that, I bid him farewell and was on my way again.
It seemed like another year had passed but I knew it could have only been days. I was getting frustrated. Why could I not find this castle?
I crested a hill and saw the two children again. “Hello again, will you continue to talk in riddles or will you show me the way to the castle?”
“The castle is located where you will never expect it to be. You will find it when you can cross the moat between your mind and your heart. You must understand, through faith, that what is seen was not made from the visible. You must have faith in what you do not see.”
Do what? Are these children serious? Moat, mind, heart, invisible, visible?
“You must lower the drawbridge and connect what you believe to be the truth and what you know to be the truth. When your heart and your mind are one you will find the castle. When you find the truth you will find the castle for the castle is the truth.”
“Keep searching. Walk in faith. You are on the right path.”
As perplexed as I was, I felt a peace that I had not felt before. Somehow, what they said was making sense. I knew I had not found the castle yet but I knew I was close. I knew I was heading in the right direction. One step at a time, one minute at a time, I will keep on walking.
Kingdom by David Dunn –
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2 –
Walk By Faith by Jeremy Camp –
Sing In The Valley by The Perrys –
At the end of the day when the sun sets in the ocean
Does she welcome him with arms wide open?
Does she tell him how much he was missed?
Does he cherish each and every kiss?
Does he talk about the damage he’s done?
How people pray for rain but there is none?
How the ice caps are less and less?
How the heat from him is causing a mess?
Or does he talk about all the good times
People laughing, basking in his sunshine
The picnics and the foods that grow
Does he talk of times from not long ago?
Does she talk about the storms and hurricanes?
Does she talk about how she wishes she could see the plains?
Does she complain about her waters rising?
Does she blame him for the people dying?
Or does she talk about how the people play
How they jump over or try to ride her waves
The joy in someone’s eyes as they see her for the first time
Does she wonder if their love is strong or are there warning signs?
Or do they talk about what a wonderful team they are
How they are always together to look at the stars
How both of them together can cause great things to occur?
Does she tell him how much she loves him and he loves her?
When they are all alone in the dark
Do they share what’s deep in their hearts?
When he wakes to start another day
Is there a tear in the ocean’s waves?
When he is gone and up high in the sky
Does he think of her with a twinkle in his eye?
Does she say hurry home soon?
Does he say tonight we will watch the moon?
So much can happen, so many feelings and emotions
At the end of each day when the sun sets into the ocean
In Case You Didn’t Know by Brett Young –
Walk Away by Goo Goo Dolls-
If We Were Vampires by Jason Isbell –
The Story by Brandi Carlile-
One Day At A Time by Brian Courtney Wilson-
House On Fire by Rise Against –
Ordinary People by John Legend-
I Won’t Give Up By Jason Mraz –
Have you ever met someone you thought was either half crazy or half genius? G was that person. I call her G because she reminded me of a grandma, even if she was a few years younger than me. Most would call her an old soul, I called her crazy for many years.
One time I went to visit G and, as usual, she was wearing one purple sock and one yellow sock. I have learned to accept her for who she is. She loves to garden and some of her talks were on that subject.
“Keep planting seeds. Even when all you see are weeds sprouting, don’t think for a second that seed isn’t still there. Life is like that. The weeds pop overnight but the flower takes awhile to bloom. Many people are like the weeds, grasping for the quick and easy. But when you wait for the flower and it finally blooms, man it is beautiful.”
“Weeds will choke the life out of you. Some weeds are beautiful but don’t let them fool you. A weed is still a weed. You have to get rid of them as fast as possible.”
She invited me over to have some pie and milk one day. After I took a bite she asked how did it taste. I said it was delicious. She replied: ain’t a bit of apple in it. It’s called mock apple pie. A lot of people are like that. Say they are something and turns out they aren’t like that all. Gotta watch out for mock people.
Most of the things she said I could only shake my head at and smile. Most, I have to admit, I didn’t even understand for most of my life.
“This moment contains all moments of your life. Your entire past has lead you to this moment. Your entire future is at this moment. Why would you want to be anywhere other than where you are now.”
“Hiding behind secrets and lies is like walking across a frozen lake as it melts beneath your feet. One more step and you could fall through.”
“True love requires open hands. Remember while you are looking down at your palms they are looking up to true love.”
“You can’t be a star if you are always chasing the sun.”
“It’s a cold, cold world out there. The fire in you is stronger. Don’t let anyone throw water on you.”
“You can’t live in a castle if you are always swimming in the moat.”
“You can’t soar like an eagle if your friends are all groundhogs.”
“You have two choices in life. You can live in the dark or you can find the light switch.”
“A house of cards can only stand if all four suits work together. A spade to do the hard work, a diamond to cut through the hard times, a club to knock some pride out of yourself, and a whole lot of hearts.”
“If a man pulls up to my house to pick me up for a date and beeps the horn, he’s at the wrong house.”
“To become who you are meant to be you have to get past who you thought you were.”
“We all need a friend like Winnie the Pooh.”
“If you don’t want to smell like a sewer, don’t hang out at the sewer.”
“There’s no I in yOU and mE. That’s whY we are an A.”
“The grass on the other side will turn brown also if you don’t take care of it.”
“Those scars remind you who were, not who are.”
“If you want to be a light in this cold, dark world, you can’t be afraid to light a candle.”
“If you want to go west but find yourself going east, turn around.”
“The sun is always shining above the clouds. Don’t let a few dark clouds ruin your tan.”
“If love makes you change who you are inside, then it isn’t love.”
“If you have to be fake to get someone to love you, then the love isn’t real.”
“Assuming you are going the right direction, if you keep putting one foot in front of the other you will get to where you want to go.”
“It’s okay to cry. One day those tears will water the most beautiful garden.”
“Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.”
“If you see a stranger who needs help, help. That stranger may be you one day.”
“If you want a clean yard, don’t expect someone else to clean up all your dog doo.”
“No pain no gain is only a half truth. We all have pain but not everyone gains. If you want to gain you have to fight through the pain, you have to not quit, you have to pick yourself back up and keep on trying.”
“Hope and faith and love are the only four letter words in my vocabulary.”
“We can never say goodbye if we first never say hello.”
“The forest has a bunch of different trees but they all provide the same shade.”
One day we were having a heart to heart about where we come from. Our hometowns, our friends, our parents. People that influenced us. What we inspire to be.
I will never forget what she said. Even though I had to think about it for awhile.
“We are all roots. A complicated mess all tangled up together, covered in mud and dirt, just searching for the light. We are just waiting to burst through that ground and explode into what we were meant to become. Unfortunately, most of us can’t forget the mud and dirt we left behind. Yes, it helped make us what we are and some of us still need it to give us life. But, in order for us to live a life full, we must stay above the dirt and continue to reach for the sky. When you finally see that flower, all this dirt and mud and tangled roots will make sense.”
Roots by Parmalee-
Roots by Zac Brown Band-
Wonder by Hillsong United –
My Roots Go Deeper by Alathea –
It has been a year since my first Birds post. Six months since the third one. This one I actually meant to release after the elections but…
I have another one ready to go that will be published next week. I hope you enjoy them.
Be sure to catch up on the history of the birds:
It would soon be a sad, sad day throughout the land
When the eagle would soon fly to Heaven to be in God’s hands
All the birds talked about the progress they had made
When they all decided to love instead of hate
They all knew a new leader needed to lead
But some birds didn’t think there was a need
Why can’t we just govern ourselves
While others thought that would not go well
It wasn’t long before the roads the eagle paved turned to gravel
All the progress the birds had made started to unravel
The Hawk stepped in and said he had something to say
“I should be the leader because I am a bird of prey!”
The Vulture laughed out loud and said he should be the one
A younger Eagle said he had the right since he was the son
The Hummingbird said it should be him since he was small and fast
The Falcon and the Osprey both said no as they laughed
“How can a small bird be a leader?”
“Wake up little bird, you are just a dreamer”
It was then the wise old Owl spoke up
“All of you are making me sick, ENOUGH!!”
“Listen to how we speak!”
“If only the Eagle wasn’t so weak”
“It is as if all we have learned has been erased”
“Appreciation and respect for others is being replaced
With words of hurt and words of hate”
“I see a new leader as all of you debate”
“The only one who hasn’t said any words
Should be the new leader of the birds”
All the birds looked around wondering who it could be
They all gasped when they saw the Eagle crying quietly
“This was just a test of the last resort”
“For my time here is indeed short”
“Have you all forgotten how it was before?”
“When we all killed in a useless war.”
“We can all coexist in love.”
“That is why I will appoint the dove.”
“There is no other way we can live,
As we have been doing, we must continue to give.”
“We must continue to encourage!”
“Let kind words continue to flourish.”
“Help all those hurt and in need.”
“Don’t let in unselfishness and greed”
“These might be the last words I say.”
“Love, my friends, love instead of hate!!”
“I pray you will always do what is just, what is right.”
Then the Eagle spread his wings and took his last flight
Better Than I Found It by Danny Gokey –
Here We Stand by Chosen House Choir-
Brother What Happened by Muddy Magnolias-
How Did You Love by Shinedown-
As Long As There’s Love by Alabama-
Enough Love To Go Around by Doug Anderson-
Troubled Times by Green Day-
4-15-13 by Dropkick Murphys-
One More Light by Linkin Park –
Unstoppable by Matty Mullins feat Jordan Feliz –
Change For The World by Charles Bradley-
Choose To Love by Francesca Battistelli –
One Way To Live by Clint Black-
Unite by 1Girl Nation-
Heal Our Land by Troy Sneed-
O God Forgive Us by For King & Country –
What Do I Know by Ed Sheeran –
Get Together by The Youngbloods –