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Give Peace a Chance

Give Peace a Chance

The song was written during Lennon’s ‘Bed-In’ honeymoon in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  When asked by a reporter what he was trying to achieve by staying in bed, Lennon answered spontaneously, “Just give peace a chance.”  He went on to say this several times during the Bed-In.  Finally, on 1 June 1969, in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, André Perry recorded it using a simple setup of four microphones and a four-track tape recorder rented from a local recording studio.  The recording session was attended by dozens of journalists and various celebrities, including Timothy Leary, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg, Joseph Schwartz, Rosemary Woodruff Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Allen Ginsberg, Roger Scott, Murray the K, and Derek Taylor, many of whom are mentioned in the lyrics.  Lennon played acoustic guitar and was joined by Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, also on acoustic guitar.

When released in 1969, the song was credited to Lennon–McCartney.  On some later releases, only Lennon is credited; viz. the 1990s reissue of the album Live in New York City, the 2006 documentary The U.S. vs. John Lennon, and the 1997 compilation album Lennon Legend:  The Very Best of John Lennon and its DVD version six years later.  Lennon later stated his regrets about being “guilty enough to give McCartney credit as co-writer on my first independent single instead of giving it to Yoko, who had actually written it with me.”  However, it has also been suggested that the credit was a way of thanking McCartney for helping him record, “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” at short notice.

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul.  He leads me
in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.  Yea, though
I walk through the valley of the shadow
of death, I will fear no evil, for You
are with me.  Your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.  You prepare a table
before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil, my cup
runs over.  Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

 

Fits of Tranquility

Fits of Tranquility is a book of poetry and prose about hope, healing, perseverance, and joy, as well as faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and falling in love.

Amazon:
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Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25749684-fits-of-tranquility

“Rain”

Released in 1966 as the B-side to their single, “Paperback Writer,” the Beatles song, “Rain,” is considered by many to be among the group’s finest work.  This is also the track that Ringo Starr called his best recorded performance.  The drums are awesome, and so are the guitars, the bass, and the lyrics:
“Rain, rain, rain…  I don’t mind.
Shine, shine, shine…  The weather’s fine.”

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

The Trisagion Prayer
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us.

The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, treasury of blessings and Giver of Life, come and abide in us, cleanse us of all impurity, and save our souls, O Gracious Lord.

Prayers to Mother Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.  Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

In giving birth you retained your virginity, and in dormition you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos.  You were translated unto life, being the Mother of Life, and thus by virtue of your intercessions, you deliver our souls from death.

Another Good Prayer
O Christ our God, who at all times and in every hour, in heaven and on earth, are worshipped and glorified, who are long-suffering, merciful, and compassionate, who love the just and show mercy upon the sinner, who call all to salvation through the promise of blessings to come.  O Lord, in this hour receive our supplications, and direct our lives according to your commandments.  Sanctify our souls, hallow our bodies, correct our thoughts, cleanse our minds, deliver us from all tribulation, evil, and distress.  Encompass us with your holy angels, that guided and guarded by them, we may attain to the unity of the faith and to the knowledge of your unapproachable glory, for you are blessed unto ages of ages.  Amen.

The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.  And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds, Light of Light, true God of true God, begotten, not made, of one essence with the Father, through whom all things were made.

Who for us and for our salvation came down from heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man.  And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father.  And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead, whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.  And I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins.  I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Thank you!

Yoko Ono

Avant-garde artist, musician, and activist, Yoko Ono grew up in Tokyo and moved to the U.S. during World War II.  Her first name means “ocean child” in Japanese.  She and John Lennon first met in London in 1966, and were married on March 20, 1969.  For their honeymoon the couple flew to Amsterdam to protest the Vietnam War and to promote world peace.  Soon after, they went to Montreal to record the famous protest song, “Give Peace a Chance.”  John and Yoko had a son together, Sean Tara Ono Lennon, who is also a musician, and with whom Yoko still collaborates.  She’s done a lot of amazing work over the years, both musically and artistically, in service of causes like peace, love, and freedom.  Thanks, Yoko.

“Nowhere Man”

Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in October of 1965, John Lennon wrote this at one of the lower times in his life.  I don’t mean to offend anyone, but this song gives a fairly accurate description of who I was before I started living for the Lord Jesus Christ.  I hope you’ll enjoy it, and that it helps you to press on in your own journey of faith.  God bless you.

 

The Laborers in the Vineyard

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew:

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’  So they went.  When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.  And about five o’ clock he went out and found others standing around, and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’  They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’  He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’  When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’  When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received the usual daily wage.  And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’  But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong.  Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?  Take what belongs to you and go.  I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or are you envious because I am generous?’  So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”  (Matthew 20:1-16)

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain formed the alternative rock group, Nirvana, in 1985.  He was born in Aberdeen, Washington, and went on to pioneer the style of music known as grunge rock in Seattle.  The name Nirvana refers to the concept in Buddhism that Kurt described as “freedom from pain, suffering, and the external world.”  He died tragically in 1994, having lived a compassionate life.  Rest in peace, Kurt.

The Judgment of the Nations

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew:

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left.  Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?  And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’  Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels, for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’  Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’  Then he will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’  And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”  (Matthew 25:31-46)