Monthly Archives: December 2013

25 Favorite Songs of 2013

Music Collage

Here’s 25 of my favorite songs from 2013. They are in no particular order.

I’m certain I probably left something significant off the list. 

 

Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Treasure by Bruno Mars

Just Give Me A Reason by Pink & Nate Ruess

 

Wake Me Up by Avicii

Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

 

Royals by Lorde

Say Something by A Great Big World

https://soundcloud.com/mollie-walker-1/a-great-big-world-say

Hold On, We’re Going Home by Drake

Get Lucky by Daft Punk

https://soundcloud.com/ibrababa/daft-punk-get-lucky

Same Love by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert

Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert

 

Love Me Again by John Newman

Brave by Sara Bareilles

When I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

 

Work B**ch by Britney Spears

Clarity by Zedd

https://soundcloud.com/jpedm/zedd-clarity-feat-foxes

I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift

Demons by Imagine Dragons

All Your Life by The Band Perry

Story of My Life by One Direction

Counting Stars by One Republic

Timber by Ke$ha & Pitbull

The Monster by Eminem featurning Rhianna

https://soundcloud.com/djvip510/eminem-the-monster-feat

Don’t You Worry Child

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Advent 2013: The Way Home

This post is part of The December Synchroblog and part of Christine Sine’s annual Advent synchroblog, both of which invite bloggers to reflect on the idea of “coming home” and what that means to them during the season of Advent. The bloggers who participate will be listed at the bottom of this post for you as they become available. 

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The word “home” brings to mind a feeling that is hard to describe … it has to do with belonging and being loved and relaxed and letting one’s guard down and feeling safe. Sometimes home is found in a particular place such as a state or a city or a house, and other times it is found in the company of others or in a particular activity such as painting or riding a horse.

When my son comes home from college and we give each other a great big hug that lasts 10 or 15 seconds I get the feeling that I’ve found my way home. At times I experience that “coming home” feeling when I realize that someone “gets me”.  Other times I feel like I am home when I hear a particular song or am in the process of creating or when I’m hanging out with friends.  And sometimes I find my way home in a simple act of giving or listening or helping.

Whether the feeling of home is brought about by people, places or activities it is a blessing that is like a deep, refreshing breath for our souls … it feels right and there is a lightness that occurs within.

Thinking about the holidays and home reminds me of the sermon “Are You Going Home For Christmas?” by Frederick Buechner in which he talks about what it means to be truly home.

“I receive maybe three or four hundred letters a year from strangers who tell me that the books I have spent the better part of my life writing have one way or another saved their lives, in some cases literally. I am deeply embarrassed by such letters. I think, if they only knew that I am a person more often than not just as lost in the woods as they are, just as full of darkness, in just as desperate need. I think, if I only knew how to save my own life. They write to me as if I am a saint, and I wonder how I can make clear to them how wrong they are.

But what I am beginning to discover is that, in spite of all that, there is a sense in which they are also right. In my books, and sometimes even in real life, I have it in me at my best to be a saint to other people, and by saint I mean life-giver, someone who is able to bear to others something of the Holy Spirit, whom the creeds describe as the Lord and Giver of Life. Sometimes, by the grace of God, I have it in me to be Christ to other people. And so, of course, have we all-the life-giving, life-saving, and healing power to be saints, to be Christs, maybe at rare moments even to ourselves.

I believe that it is when that power is alive in me and through me that I come closest to being truly home, come closest to finding or being found by that holiness that I may have glimpsed in the charity and justice and order and peace of other homes I have known, but that in its fullness was always missing. I cannot claim that I have found the home I long for every day of my life, not by a long shot, but I believe that in my heart I have found, and have maybe always known, the way that leads to it … I believe that home is Christ’s kingdom, which exists both within us and among us as we wend our prodigal ways through the world in search of it.”

May we all find our way home during this season of Advent by spreading love and kindness wherever we go.

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Quotes Worth Repeating: Be Faithful By Being Yourself

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“I thought that being faithful was about becoming someone other than who I was … and it was not until this project failed that I began to wonder if my human wholeness might be more useful to God than my exhausting goodness.” – Barbara Brown Taylor in “Leaving Church”