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A Quest for Originals

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I’m wanting to hear from a different set of worshipers of the Son! I’ve been looking for people who were originally and spiritually “born into” Christ outside of organized religion, and have continued to pursue community with other believers this way.

Since I became aware of church as a living entity–often referred to as organic, I’ve been reading lots online by like-minded brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. What I mostly find are blogs (kind of like mine) from the perspective of people who have left institutional styles of churches and are now journeying into the freedom of meeting with the Lord Jesus alone as the head.

Here’s the negative side: those of us in this catagory of the “formerly churched” have baggage to deal with because of the paradigm shift from the bonds of religion to the bonds of Christ only. We have issues–doctrinal concerns, frustrations, and sometimes, bitternesses–with the typical, contemporary versions of church.

Wading through all that can be depressing, and be yet-another-diversion that takes the focus from Jesus.

I have begun to ask around for connections to people who have been spiritually reborn into an organic expression of the church, having never been encumbered by the perspective of mainstream Christianity.

I would love to share with you the first blog I was introduced to on this new quest:  Christopher Kirk (whose name awesomely means, “Bearer of Christ to the Church”) writes a blog called NotesFromTheBridge.

I’d like to especially point out his post entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Relational, Organic, Simple, House Church.” It was encouraging for me to read as it describes well what I’ve been experiencing with family and friends the last few years, as well as a bit more of the path that God can lead us in.

Hanukkah Thoughts 2013

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A New Blog

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I’d like to make a change in my blogging content. Successful bloggers suggest that if you tell your own story it makes your content unique, therefore more interesting. I can hardly bring myself to do this online, so I’ve been blogging less and less. “The story” not only seems too personal, but it also includes others, and how many of “the others” in our lives want us publishing our perspective on our relationship with them?! That’s a scary thought. Limiting “the story” to the glowing points only, leaves out the adversity–the part where I actually learn more. I’d like to plod on despite these problems, so I’m going to try a new way, somehow a more personal way: by forging a new blog…

So please visit www.teafortoon.wordpress.com and subscribe!!!

Consider the Sun

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Yesterday I told the story of piecing together this song from two sources of inspiration. Today I’m posting the lyrics.

(Click here to see our first and rough recording: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4869333046429&l=1089647898641100913)

So, here are the words to my song. I hope you enjoying singing it too, and sharing it with others!

sun moon and stars

Consider the sun, Earth’s source of light.

Consider God’s Son, the source of all life,

Resurrected and ascended,

The Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings!

Ascension follows resurrection:

Look from the earth to the heaven.

God placed the stars in the sky,

His morning star shines so bright!

God placed the sun and moon as rising bodies of light

To mark the times and the seasons,

Enabling life and our sight.

Consider the moon shining at night.

Consider God’s bride, His reflection bright,

Resurrected and reflecting.

Who is this appearing like the dawn?

She’s fair as the moon, she’s bright as the Son!

Ascension follows resurrection:

Look from the earth to the heaven.

God placed the stars in the sky,

His morning star shines so bright!

God placed the sun and moon as rising bodies of light

To mark the times and the seasons,

Enabling life and our sight.

The Making of a Song

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The Sun Singing through My Woods

The Sun Singing through My Woods

I started this blog having been newly inspired by a certain book, wanting to discuss it with others. (You can see that first post here: https://esztertun.wordpress.com/2010/09/19/have-you-read/) Since then I have read nearly all the books by this author and have been re-inspired each time.

Most currently, I’m reading JESUS: A THEOGRAPHY (by Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola). When I was only into the book by 24 pages, I was stopped by a need to make a portion into song lyrics.

Sweet and Viola had described the days of creation, how Jesus is revealed in all of His creation, in amazing, poetic ways. I needed to sing about it! About the symbolism of God’s creation: how the sun symbolizes God’s risen Son and the moon symbolizes His bride reflecting His light. The poetry came easily out of their words (by the way, I’ll post the words tomorrow), but my creativity stopped when it came to making a melody. I mulled it over for a few weeks, tried out some notes here and there; but nothing worked.

A few of the songs I’ve written in the past sound similar to each other, and that always frustrates me. This needed something different.

My kids and I were riding along in the truck one day, singing a Hungarian Gypsy praise song that we love by Amaro Del, called “Erted Adta.” Then the thought occurred to me to try out my new lyrics to this tune. Hooray! What a great song it turned out to be!

So I wrote to Amaro Del asking their permission to use their melody, and this was their reply: “…of course you can use this music; there is no objection, especially if it is for God’s glory.”

With many thanks to all this external inspiration, we made a stab trying to record it. I have to admit it is a rough, poor quality, first recording that we’re all a little embarrassed of; but we’re enjoying to sing it and hope you can enjoy it some too, even in its very amateur state. I’m accompanied by young friends who do a great job! Hannah Hollander, her sister Bobby Joy on percussion, and my daughter Eily on the ukulele.

Please click here to give a listen: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4869333046429&l=1089647898641100913

My Burden Is Light

My son is petting a working mule in harness at the Museum of Appalacia.

My son is petting a working mule in harness at the Museum of Appalacia.

The past year, I often found myself rephrasing a common thought. I used to say it like this: “I’m trying to be more like Jesus.” But the way I am wanting to express this feeling now goes more like this: “I want Jesus to be seen in me, to live through me.”

So, in another attempt at expressing this, I’d like to submit to my readers, both family and friends, a poetic rephrasing of Matthew 11:28-30 (inspired by the Amplified Bible):

Jesus said, Come to Me. I’ll give you rest.
I am your Joy, your Peace; My Father’s Way is best.
My yoke is easy and My burden’s light!
Come and learn of Me: I’ll refresh your life.

My yoke is wholesome, useful, good–it is light!

Not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing–My burden’s light!

It’s comfortable, gracious, pleasant–My burden’s light!

Jesus said, Come to Me. I’ll give you rest.
I am your Joy, your Peace; My Father’s Way is best.
My yoke is easy and My burden’s light!
Come and learn of Me: I’ll refresh your life.

My heart is gentle, meek, and humble–I am Life!

My heart will ease, relieve, refresh you–I am Life!

My yoke is easy and My burden’s light!
Come and learn of Me: I’ll refresh your life.

Just When I Think I’m Finished with Christmas Music…

The Wedding Dance of the year: our dear friend Peter and his bride Monika

The Wedding Dance of the year: our dear friend Peter and his bride Monika

For some it might be early, but I’m packing Christmas all up today, the music, the decorations, and even the lights. We enjoyed it for a month, and now we’re ready to get back to less clutter.

Maybe we have captured a new perspective on continuing the celebration throughout the year, of Jesus in all His different aspects, not just His birth.

My Dancing Day

So I’m wrapping up the Christmas music for the season, but have to share one last song! 

This time around I happened to focus on a carol entitled, “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.” I’ve been familiar with it for years, but overlooked until now.  Usually only the first three verses are performed.  However, I learned that it continues on from there. Quite a few verses were originally written, telling the story of Jesus’ life on earth.  It’s written as though in His voice, and–what intrigued me most–as a love song to His bride, the church.

It’s an old English carol, and it expresses so well how, through prophecy, Jesus was promised to come and play out a manifestation of God to and through His creation:

“Tomorrow shall be my dancing day;
I would my true love did so chance
To see the legend of my play,
To call my true love to my dance;

“Sing, oh! my love, oh! my love, my love, my love,
This have I done for my true love.”

The verses express how He took on man’s nature, came to be part of us both as helpless and poor, was tempted, hated, betrayed and killed, saying, “This have I done for My true love.” And He did all this to call His love into His dance, into His life, into Himself.

“Then down to hell I took my way
For my true love’s deliverance,
And rose again on the third day,
Up to my true love and the dance.”

Sing, oh, my love…this have I done for my true love.

Dance as art expresses the artist. It reminds me that when the church was born at Christ’s death and resurrection, she was born to be an expression of Him.  Her name is Ecclesia: the gathering of His people, His body, bride, family, dwelling place.

“Then up to heaven I did ascend,
Where now I dwell in sure substance
On the right hand of God, that man
May come unto the general dance.”

God’s whole desire and intent is to express Himself through His people, to be known and loved by us as we know and love Him in and through each other.

I wanted to journal these thoughts here before they all got lost in the packing.  Now I’m getting back to work. :)

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