A song from my church today. "If It Hadn't Been for Love," which is originally a fantastic murder ballad from Chris Stapleton (check it out). With a little adaptation, we played it as an Easter song, which strikes us as quite appropriate.
My church has, for 25 years, hosted a monthly open mic coffee house called the Urban Goatwalker. The Goatwalker has been a safe place for members of the community to meet together to share songs, coffee, snacks and friendship. It has been a welcoming place for everyone, especially for our friends who too often find themselves on the margins of life. We celebrated the Goatwalker's 25th birthday last Saturday and it was a grand time. Many, many thanks to all who have made the Goatwalker the blessing that it is and has always been.
The video above has a few snippets from this week's coffeehouse.
Welcome to strangers to friends, old and new welcome to travelers and welcome to you
Welcome to fans of Tupac And fans of Thoreau Bienvenidos a mes amigos que habla espanol
Whether you like guitars or drums
Or poetry by Rambo
You are welcome here
Even if you like banjo!
Whether you walked here on foot or rode in on wheels We are so glad you're here you're kind of a big deal
Your smile when you smile makes our hearts swell but your tears and your frowns are welcome, as well
The thing is, we like you you're great, without compare and we are so glad that you you specifically Have made your way here
Seeing the upside down world in the drops hanging on the trees I wonder - If I looked close enough and tried hard enough could I find a reflection of a water drop reflected through a water drop and find a world made right?
We need to come together as adults. We don't have any other reasonable option.
Look, I hope the GOP is able to come up with a better, cheaper
version of healthcare that covers everyone, as much as possible. I hope
they can fix the problems that do exist in the ACA as it exists. That
would be nice.
But on what basis should anyone believe that they can do so?
Saying, "I really, really, REALLY hate Obamacare! It's a doodyhead
plan!" is not the same as actually having a rational, well-thought-out,
Basing a "plan"
(in this case, repealing the ACA) on a hope and hatred of the old way
is not a plan, it's silly, childish, wishful thinking.
Same for Trump and "Russia didn't do it! I don't believe the intelligence community and their data!"
That's fine for him to say it, but based on what? What research has he
done? What operatives in the field studying data can he produce? He says
he "knows things" but what? He isn't saying what he "knows..."
Saying, "I really, really, REALLY don't want to believe our intelligence
community" is not the same
as having rational, well-researched,
This is the problem with many in the modern
GOP and, frankly, many in modern conservatism, unfortunately. They do
not operate upon data and research, but on hatred of something based
upon fake news and no news and wishful thinking.
It's childish and ridiculous and has no place in a rational government, flawed though it may be.
I say this not to insult all conservatives but to appeal to the best in
all of us: We can't operate on wishful thinking and empty claims and
fake news. Let us join together and insist upon not repealing one
existing and working (if flawed) plan on the hope that maybe, somewhere
out there, something might exist that is better. IF a better plan can be
envisioned and spelled out and considered rationally, put it out there.
But until such time as that happens, do not even speak of repealing
what you have no plan to replace.
This is something that surely we all can agree with and rally around, yes?