That’s Not My Hometown

 

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Used to go to the drive-in in my dad’s old truck

Watching from the bed I would press my luck

Hoping to steal a kiss or get to second base

Have to get you home before it got too late

I hear that drive-in’s long been closed

And I’m here stirring up old ghosts

And I wonder what else has changed

And I wonder if anything I remember remains

Then I saw on the news the people gathered in the streets

I close my eyes and bow my head in defeat

As I watch them tear that statue down

And I think that’s not my hometown

Yeah, I remember when that town was full of love

And how before we ate we’d thank God above

And now I watch them burning those buildings down

And I think that’s not my hometown

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It’s been a minute since I went to visit

Wonder if you’re still living in it

It seems like yesterday in my memory

If I never left would there be you and me

Going to church in my Sunday best

And that time I can’t forget

When we drove out to lovers lane

Our first time in the back of my mustang

Man, those are good memories

Man, we used to run those streets

Those same streets now that I see on the news

They say there’s a side and you have to choose

And I watch them tear that statue down

And I think that’s not my hometown

Yeah, I remember when that town was full of love

And before we ate we thanked God above

And I watch them burning those buildings down

And I think that’s not my hometown

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I can’t believe my own eyes

This has to be some kind of lie

I fall to my knees and start to cry

I can’t believe my own eyes

I watch them tear that statue down

And I think that’s not my hometown

And I watch them burning those buildings down

And I think that’s not my hometown

And I think that can’t be my hometown

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Must Have Been The Wind

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Two weeks ago last night

I was awoken from my sleep

I thought I heard a young lady weep

It did not sound like she was alright

I tossed and turned but could sleep no more

The crying coming from the apartment below

She seemed to be in so much sorrow

I walked the steps down, knocked on her door

She opened the door with a hoodie over her head

I told her I was sorry to knock this late at night

But I wanted to ask if she were all right

You see I heard crying and it got me out of bed

She said my ears must be playing tricks

Cause she was really just fine

Maybe I was dreaming this time

I said if she needed to talk I’m right above, in apartment six

She said okay but needed to go back in

She smiled and shut the door

I walked back to my floor

Thinking it must have been the wind

I may look strong on the outside, but inside I'm dying

One week ago last night

As I was sleeping deep

I knew I heard a lady weep

I woke up with quite a fright

I sat and listened, the moon my only  light

I knew it had to be coming from the apartment below

I went downstairs, knocked and said hello

Sorry to disturb you at this time of night

I thought for a minute on what to say

I hope I’m not overreacting

From my heart I’m only asking

Are you really sure you are okay?

She pulled her hoodie a little closer

With a smile she said I’m really fine

Thanks for checking on me another time

As she tried to keep her composure

Maybe you were dreaming or it was the tv

I said okay but if you ever need to talk

Or if you ever just want to take a walk

I’m in apartment six, just come see me

I’ll be here if you ever need a friend

She smiled and shut the door

I walked back to my floor

Thinking it must have been the wind

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Then again, just last night

I heard her crying, then heard a loud crash

I ran downstairs in a mad dash

In my heart, I knew something wasn’t right

I pounded on the door

I begged her to answer, to say something

I yelled to hold on, help is coming

I ran back to my floor

Grabbed my phone and dialed 911

My heart was racing

Time I was chasing

Oh my God, what have you done?

Come on, you said you were fine

Open up so we can talk, please let’s talk

But I knew we would never take that walk

Please, please, it’s not your time

Open up, come on let me in

Tears rolled down my face

As the ambulance took her away

And I knew I would never see her again

Oh God, how I wish it only had been the wind

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For my wife and her mom, and for all the Alzheimer’s patients and their families who can not see each other in these challenging times.

It’s been so long since I saw your face

I wonder if you will remember who I am

I’m stuck here and you’re safe at your place

Questioning how this could be part of God’s plan

I’m kind of frustrated , kind of sad

That this virus has taken away days

Taken away minutes we could’ve had

All my colors have turned to grays

I wonder if you’re scared or lonely

I wonder if you’re happy or depressed

I wonder if you ask, why don’t they visit me?

I wonder if your disease is the same or regressed

I sit in my room and cry alone

Wishing I could have more time

Wondering if all my love I’ve shown

Up this mountain I continue to climb

I scream and I cry, I cry a lot

I punch and throw my pillow

I pray to God for time to stop

I cling to a little bit of hope

Yeah, I’m kind of sad, kind of angry

Wondering when I will see you again

Wondering if somewhere in your memory

Will you remember who I am?

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Oh, The Places We’ll Go

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Oh, the places we have been

Memories come flooding in

To Florida and the Outer Banks

Time with family, many thanks

To races in Boston and New York City

Every mile a memory

Made a few trips to Chicago

And some places I never thought we’d go

We’ve been to hell and back

Felt the fury of the devil’s attack

We held on and came out stronger

Hand in hand for another year longer

We have been to concerts galore

When allowed, we will go to more

Now we are on year fifteen of this ride

Time to pick it up and really thrive

Nashville and Chicago were cancelled this year

I know you cried a few tears

Who knows where we will go to next

But together we will go, step by step

Little did I know

The places we’d go

But of all the places we’ve been and yet to find

The place I like the most is by your side

Happy 15 year anniversary!

 

 

 

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Love, Not Hate: The Reconciliation

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History of the birds:

Love, Not Hate: Part 1

Love, Not Hate: Part Two

Love, Not Hate: Christmas Eve

Love, Not Hate: A New Chapter

Love, Not Hate: A New World

Love, Not Hate: The Division

Love, Not Hate: The Reconciliation

Love, Not Hate: Tragedy At Mandalay Bay

Love, Not Hate: Continue To Love

Love Not Hate: Love On Trial

Love Not Hate- Trick or Treat, Halloween Night

Love Not Hate- The Virus

continued from The Division:

The hawk said:

“Tell me eagle, because I know you are also a bird of prey,

How do you continue to love and live this way?”

“I’m tired of fighting and tired of trying to hide,

Tell me Eagle, how can I have what you have inside?”

The Eagle replied: “It’s a choice to love instead of hate,

Even when you birds of prey frustrate.”

“We are not any different than you,

We are not better because of what we do.”

“We birds are all one and the same.”

“It is easy to play the blame game,

But where does that put us in the end?”

“Living in the mistakes of the past makes us enemies, not friends.”

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“We have to work together instead of apart,

We can not let emotions rule our hearts.”

“It’s not easy to always do what is right,

But what is accomplished when we fight?”

“We destroy the land and hurt every bird here!”

“When we are not united all the birds start to fear,

Instead of helping all they start to help only themselves,

They enclose themselves in a box and have no dreams to excel.”

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“Instead of giving we take and take, full of greed,

But when we are united and let no bird be in need,

Then we lift each bird up and give them hope.”

“When bad times hit, it’s that hope that helps them cope.”

“We choose to believe that all birds should be treated equally,

The bluebird, cardinal, falcon, vulture, warbler, chickadee

The thrusher, sparrow, hummingbird, crow, owl, or duck

It doesn’t matter who you are, if you are down on your luck

We will be there to try to help.”

“We will put others ahead of ourselves.”

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“It’s not glamorous and sometimes it’s hard

Because some birds are always on their guard.”

“Quite frankly, a lot of times it is tough.

To always choose to love.”

“When the world seems to have gone their own way,

When marriages fail because one bird chooses not to stay,

When young birds grow up in a broken nest.”

“When you look around and see the world is a mess,

“Yes, sometimes we have to take a deep breath

We have to push on when we want to rest.”

“We know we can never give up,

Because, in the end, it’s all about love!”

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“It’s all about what we believe,

And we believe Jesus died for you and me.”

“He showed us how we should live,

That it is always better to give.”

“So, my friend, you ask what it is that’s inside,

It’s him, it’s His love and for Him, I will give my life!”

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The hawk thought about it for a few minutes

Then he said: “All the bad we have done, how do you forget?”

The eagle said: “We don’t always forget but we choose to forgive,

Nothing is accomplished when the past we try to relive.”

“We must move forward and look towards tomorrow.”

“There will be pain and there will be sorrow,

But there will also be hope and there will also be love,

And that little bit of hope and love can be enough.”

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The hawk asked: “Then why do so many birds, including myself, choose to hate?”

“Why is it so hard for us to love? For us, isn’t it too late?”

The eagle answered: “It is never too late, but do not wait!”

“We must get all birds to love today!”

“We must unite and show them the way!”

“We can do this together if you believe,

Together, great things we can achieve!”

“We can turn this pain into a blessing!”

The hawk thought about it for just a second

Maybe, just maybe, the birds of love are correct

He had to give the birds of love some respect

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Together they called an emergency meeting

“Our fellow birds,” they said together in greeting

The hawk started off first: “Birds of prey,

Today, my heart has changed its ways!”

“I have seen how hate has destroyed us,

And I have seen the power of love.”

“Today we will tear down our walls and take down the cage!”

“Any of you birds that are still filled with rage,

Come, talk to the eagle or me.”

“It is not really that hard to see,

That if you choose to love instead of hate,

Once again, we can make our land great!”

“Today all of us birds must unite,

We must find the love that’s inside!”

“We must show it to the world,

That even humans can be like us birds!”

Then the eagle said: “In memory of the words my father last said,

We must live with hope and kindness, not fly around like the living dead.”

“Build others up and always give  more than you take.”

“Most importantly, always love, love my birds, love instead of hate!”

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Hope Of All Nations by Karen Peck- 

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Love Not Hate: The Division

I have been writing these for several years but it seems the birds, and humans, do not learn and we keep going in circles.  I originally posted this and the next one two years ago.  The post that goes with this one will be posted in about 45 minutes so you will have a quick answer.

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History of the birds:

Love, Not Hate: Part 1

Love, Not Hate: Part Two

Love, Not Hate: Christmas Eve

Love, Not Hate: A New Chapter

Love, Not Hate: A New World

Love, Not Hate: The Division

Love, Not Hate: The Reconciliation

Love, Not Hate: Tragedy At Mandalay Bay

Love, Not Hate: Continue To Love

Love Not Hate: Love On Trial

Love Not Hate- Trick or Treat, Halloween Night

Love Not Hate- The Virus

The dove had ruled for many years

As he looked out in the crowd his eyes filled with tears

The young eagles time had come

He had grown strong and was filled with love

It was now time for the eagle to continue his dad’s legacy

To rule the land with love for all birds from all over the country

The dove started to say

“My fellow birds, today is a great day”

The birds of prey interrupted; “We’ve had enough,

All you ever talk about is blah blah blah and love love love.”

“Tonight us birds of prey are taking a stand!”

“We have decided to start our own land!”

“The birds of prey will rule anything west of the big oak tree!”

They expected a fight but the eagle said: “That’s fine with me.”

The hawk continued,  “We will build a cage around our land,

We don’t need you, on our own we will stand.”

Some of the birds of prey didn’t want to go

They believed in love and had friends that were close

But they all left, all these birds of prey

To start their own land and do it their way

The eagle sat down with the hawk

“If you insist on doing this we need to talk,

We need laws to govern all birds,

We need it written down so there’s no confusion with words.”

“We need to work together for the sake of all,

The land must still be united so we do not fall.”

But any law the birds of love tried to pass

If it didn’t suit them, the birds of prey just laughed

All they did was fight and nothing was ever getting accomplished

The birds of the land lost hope as their dreams were demolished

It wasn’t long before the birds of prey

Tried to make everything their way

The birds of love had to fight

For all the birds they tried to make it right

But in the end, the birds couldn’t agree on anything

The land was falling apart as they kept disagreeing

At first, the land of the birds of prey

Was successful and prosperous inside the cage

But birds of prey only take and never give

That’s just the way birds of prey live

Soon their land was desolate and barren

The birds of love stood outside staring

They agreed they had to help the birds of prey

They had to put into action the words they would say

Through the cage, they started to sneak food

They did everything they could to do good

But the vulture found out and tried to put it to an end

The birds of love found other ways to help the land mend

They did more than just feed

They gave hope to those in need

They reminded them of times not so long ago

Times when they were friends and not foes

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They would sneak anything to help inside the cage

Until the vulture, osprey, falcon, and hawk guarded the way

But the birds of love

Would not give up

Then the birds of prey ran out of luck

For it was then that a natural disaster struck

A terrible hurricane hit the birds of prey land

What little they had disappeared in the sand

The birds of love were there in force

Helping the birds of prey through the worst

The vulture, osprey, and falcon still turned their backs

They felt the birds of love were only looking to attack

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But the hawk’s heart started to soften

And something inside him started to blossom

He called a secret meeting with the eagle

He asked: “How do you love those of us so evil?”

“We have done so much to hurt you and the birds of your kind,

We have treated you like we are not the same but it’s like you are blind?”

“You are always there to lend a helping hand.”

“You are always trying to heal this land.”

“Tell me eagle, because I know you are also a bird of prey,

How do you continue to love and live this way?”

“I’m tired of fighting and tired of trying to hide,

Tell me Eagle, how can I have what you have inside?”

to be continued….

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Dear Hate by Maren Morris – 

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Ghost Nation by Gary Truman –  

It’s Not Working (The Truth) by Propaganda- 

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Help Us Now by Melvin Williams –  

Love Will Never Give Up by Karen Peck –  

Our World by Buckcherry – 

A Longer View by Shaman’s Harvest – 

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The Storm by Jeremy Camp – 

What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye –  

Love Anymore by Le’Andria Johnson – 

For What It’s Worth by Seth Glier – 

A Tree That Touched The Sky

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I saw a tree that touched the sky

It hurt my neck to look up so high

I wondered if I could climb to the top

But after a few feet, I had to stop

Doubt crossed my mind, am I worthy?

I think I am a little too dirty

What if I went a few more feet?

I wondered just what I would see

But another doubt, am I good enough?

Am I really worthy of love?

But a voice from somewhere inside

Told me to continue to climb

A quarter of the way up a whisper so small

What are you doing? Don’t you know you could fall?

Somewhere inside something told me not to fear

Don’t look down because the top is almost near

Halfway up I grew weary and tired

Voices everywhere telling me he’s a liar

Do you really believe he forgives?

Look at how you have lived!

So many wrongs, so many mistakes

Half your life you’ve been a fake

I reach for another branch, I must continue

Leave the past in my rear view

Why do you continue to climb?

What is it you are looking to find?

A voice says it’s not that far down

Let’s get back to solid ground

Another voice says you are almost there

It’s getting harder to breathe with this thin air

Maybe I should turn around

Back to the earth so green and brown

But something pushes me to go higher

I swear I can hear an angel’s choir

Three fourths the way I have climbed

Pushing onward, I am no longer blind

The negative voices telling me I must stop

Are still there but I listen not

I know why I found this tree

But this knowledge isn’t only for me

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I must tell you of all the truth I have acquired

On this journey where I had all my heart desired

But nothing ever seemed to satisfy

I was always searching but empty inside

I learned more the closer I got to the top

About grace and forgiveness and a true love

A few more branches, just a stone’s throw

When I heard a voice from a long time ago

Give it up, you are not good enough

Look at you, so unworthy of love

Do you really believe you can change?

Why don’t you turn around, reverse your way?

You are ugly and you have a terrible past

Even if you find love, it won’t last

The tree offered me another of its arms

I climbed higher, knowing there would be no harm

I knew in that instant my past did not define

The future was there for me to climb

Another branch or two

I was that much closer to the truth

But I felt the tree start to sway

I wondered if this is why so many walk away?

When the tree sways, people become afraid

So, way up here, I started to pray

For those in mansions, homeless on the streets

For those that always seem to win and those who are always beat

For those that are addicted to fight their pain

For those that have so much more to gain

I prayed for things unseen and those that are seen

I prayed for you and I prayed for me

Forgive me for what I’ve done

Into your arms I want to run

I no longer want to hide my face

I want to accept your love and grace

If you could help me climb a little more

I know I will never be who I was before

Then I felt a hand grab mine

He pulled me up to finish my climb

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Dear God by Hunter Hayes-  

Breakthrough by Chris McClarney – 

Here I Am by Lincoln Brewster – 

Breaking Point by Sanctus Real – 

Days Gone By by Hillsong Young & Free – 

What If It’s Everything

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I wrote this song a few years back.  I tried everyone I know to help me record a demo for it so maybe I could send it out. I was willing to pay but could not find anyone willing to help. Finally, I found a local musician, who was in a band I liked called Acoustic Ghost, who said he would help with some demos for my songs. Joel is an old time rock and roll guy and said he would do his best to make my songs come out the way I was hearing them in my head, but they did not.  He did a good job, just not the way I wanted them to sound.

This song, I hear it like a spoken/rap song, like Jason Aldean’s Dirt Road Anthem  type of sound.  I can picture TobyMac, Matthew West, or maybe Lecrae recording it, but that is wishful thinking. I just think the music they make would go well with this song.  Joel made it into a classic rock/blues sound, which I really do like and maybe it would bring a different audience to it that I was not expecting.  However, I would still like it done the way I hear it but I am grateful for Joel’s efforts.

I have included it at the bottom.  If you have some time today, take a listen and leave me a comment on what you think.  If you know someone who knows someone who knows someone that knows TobyMac or Matthew West or anyone else, feel free to forward for me.

It is six minutes long but I think it could easily be reduced to four, four and half minutes.

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Here are the lyrics:

I was walking down the street, smile on my face
Full of Gods love and forgiveness
In my head I was thinking how great is His grace
but it seemed everyone that looked at me looked away
They didn’t care or they didn’t know
Then I heard someone yell, what do you have to say
So I looked at him and told him our story
That You lived and died for me
I told him of Your love and Your glory
Then he looked at me and said I’m not bluffing
But what you say, what if it’s nothing
Then I smiled at him and started to sing
What if my friend,
What if it’s everything
What if it’s everything
So I walked on with a pep in my step
Living my life for Jesus
I wasn’t turning back, I won’t have regrets
Then I saw someone down on their luck
I went up and talked to her
I said hello and gave her my last buck
She thanked me with tears in her eyes
then she said, so what’s your story
I told her our story and how You had to die
She asked how do I know that it’s really something
You know my life’s been a rough one
Then I smiled at her and started to sing
What if my friend,
What if it’s everything
What if it’s everything
By then a crowd gathered around
They all wanted to know
How they could have this hope I had found
So I told them our story, told them to believe
Told them of the book, told them of your words
Told them I only know of one guarantee
In this life you will have troubles
But your sins you must confess
Give your life to him, don’t be on the bubble
Then they said we want to believe in something
But what if, what if its all nothing
Then I smiled at them and started to sing
What if my friends,
What if it’s everything
What if it’s everything
What if it’s the only thing
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What If It’s Everything by me and Joel Rollo-

The Man That Needed Grace by Matthew West –

See The Light by Tobymac –

Set Me Free by Lecrae –

Together by for King & Country (with Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly) –

 

Playing For The Crickets (Covid 19 Remix)

 

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Sorry, I have been absent for a few weeks but trying to get back into the swing of writing and reading. I wrote this one last summer but now we have the remix.  Enjoy.

Here I am, sitting all alone at home

‘Cause I’m not allowed to tour to play my songs

I pop the top to a Corona and add a lime

The fireflies signal that it is time

So I walk out to the dock and start to play

It seems so weird with no one chanting my name

My fingers come alive as I start to strum

I warm up my voice and start to hum

Here I go,  playing for the crickets

‘Cause no one is allowed to buy any tickets

I’ve got a chorus of bullfrogs playing bass

A hundred fireflies lighting up the place

My dog’s tail beats an old metal trash can as if playing drums

He’s a little off beat but he sure knows how to stick out his tongue

A stray cat chimes in with a melody

An old dog barks because we disturb his sleep

An alligator joins in from the swamp

I like how he stomps, I pray he doesn’t chomp

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A thousand mosquitoes buzz overhead

I better play one they like or they might sting me dead

I play one about that old muddy creek

And they fly away content, leaving us in peace

I play another about a summer love that I let slip away

A raccoon decides to join the crowd before the night turns to day

I close the night with a few of my greatest hits

Then my butt tells me it’s tired of the sits

So I stand and thank my band and take a bow

My show is over and I look at the crowd

I thank the raccoon, cat, dog,  gator, fireflies and the crickets

That’s all there is because no one is allowed to buy any tickets

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Quarantine Life by Matthew West –

Together ( We’ll Get Through This) by Steven Curtis Chapman –

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The Weight of The World

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As I looked on our society

I could see all the anxiety

I felt the weight of the world on me

I thought I would write an inspiring story

About a hero fighting for glory

But my hero was full of worry

I thought I would write about the flowers in spring

About the renewing of life and the hope it would bring

But all I could see were the flowers dying

I thought I could write a hopeful song

That maybe the world would sing along

But all my words came out wrong

Fresh out of ideas and bored to death

I wondered what could be left

I sighed and took a deep breath

Wondering if there was a reason to live

I walked to the edge of a cliff

And tried to think of something positive

We are living in the worst of times

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And I know everything is not fine

But is that the legacy we want to leave behind?

We all know heroes fall and flowers die

And there will be sad songs to make us cry

Sometimes the truth turns out to be a lie

We must remember the sunny days and not the grey

We must remember the love and not the hate

We must remember the moments and not the days

When the weight of the world is weighing me down

And no rest, no hope seems to be found

I take a minute to look around

I see the beauty in a snowflake falling

I hear the distant birds calling

I stop this world spinning, for a minute pausing

There’s beauty all around

Even in the dark places it can be found

From the bluest skies to the greenest ground

When the weight of the world is on me

I must choose to be

The light that the world will see

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Less Like Me by Zach Williams-

Keep Me In The Moment by Jeremy Camp- 

The Upside by Lisa Loeb-

Shine by Lisa Loeb- 

Be The Light by Ok Rock – 

Let It Be Love by Unspoken –