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18Jan/150

Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle

When I first heard this song I didn't really like it. All I could hear was the chorus "As we call out to dry bones, come alive, come alive". The lyrics and emphasis didn't resonate with me and it seemed showy so I put up my bias filters whenever the song would play and I categorized it as 'meh'.

It wasn't until months later as I drove down the road listening to the song with my 'bias filters' off  did I hear beyond the chorus and realize what the lyrics were saying. It's now a favorite song.

"Through the eyes of men it seems there is so much we have lost,
as we look down the road where all the prodigals have walked..."

"We know there is more to come,
that we may not yet see..."

"So with the faith you've given us
we''ll step into the valley unafraid..."

As we call out to dry bones,
Come alive...
As we call out to dead hearts,
Come alive!

"By your spirit breath upon them
show the world you alone can save,
you alone can save."

 

9Dec/140

Christmas 2014 – Light Of The World

Last Christmas I discovered this song and I've spent all year listening to it, again, and again, and again, waiting for Christmas.

He is the song for the suffering, He is messiah, The Prince of Peace has come

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For all who wait...

For all who hunger...

For all who've prayed...

For all who wonder...

Behold your King.

Behold Messiah.

25May/140

Opinions About What Makes Sci-Fi Great

What makes for a great science fiction movie? Is it futuristic technology, exotic alien places, hypothetical situations based on advances in technology, a story that explores what the future could become?

It was an overcast and rainy Saturday with nothing much to focus on doing except tend to the house.  For background noise and casual viewing I watched Star Trek Into Darkness followed by  Close Encounters of the Third Kind as I went about my day.

When Star Trek Into Darkness was in theaters I didn't catch my interest because the previous Star Trek (2009) movie was so disappointing. There were no expectations that Star Trek Into Darkness would be any better than the previous movie so I waited for it to come out on rental and when NetFlix announced it was available for instant viewing the bar was low enough and I decided to view it.

The entire Star Trek Into Darkness movie was an action drama that explored a different time line in the Star Trek universe and focused on character relationships while being wrapped up in future sci-fi technology. It was less science fiction and more action adventure designed to make a box office hit that would appeal to a wider audience. I'm not a huge trekkie but it was like building a car and forgetting to put the tires on - it may look and feel like a car but it can't go anywhere.

The movie did start with a controversial situation about the prime directive and is adhering to it more important that one person's life but the focus was less on the prime directive and society and more focused on Kirk and Spock's relationship and 'feelings' towards each other. This seemed to set the tone for the entire movie which was nothing more than a display about how each character felt toward the situation at hand. For a sci-fi movie that focused so much on feelings had a real ho-hum attitude afterwards.

With a Saturday not yet half finished and more chores to do I queued up Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It's a movie that I remember watching several times throughout my childhood. At the time I didn't fully understanding some of the sub-plots about the conflict in Rory's family or the government attempt to keep the encounters a secret so it was interesting to watch again after so many years. Despite being over 30 years old with some inconsistent editing, weak character development, and slow plot development while having  no real focus on sci-fi technology , future societies, etc it did capture the most important aspect of science fiction - exploration.

The sense of exploration, the drive to find out what's out there, is the driving force behind a good science fiction movie. I think that is why Star Trek Into Darkness was so disappointing because Star Trek the Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager, and even Star Trek Enterprise were some of my favorite stories in the Star Trek series.

As a society are we so emotionless that we have to go to a movie to watch someone else face there feelings and deal with there emotional situations to be entertained?

In my opinion there is nothing wrong with a sci-fi movie that explores the consequences and emotional situations that arise in pursuit of exploration but I want to end the movie with a sense of 'Wow, that was interesting, wouldn't it be so cool if <insert amazing place> existed!' or 'That's so interesting, just imagine how <insert new technology> could transform society'.

To end a movie with the impression that I primarily watched characters go from one dramatic situation to the next is saddening. I don't need to go to the movies for that, all I have to do is be a Dad and live my life to experience more than enough drama!

A sense of exploration, what could be out there, out in the world, space, cyber-space, and how it might transform society as we know it, now that's something to think about... if you ask me.

What makes science fiction great for you?

 

 

 

24Jun/130

Fawns’ Hideout

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These fawns found a safe and secluded little haven in the midst of humanity's hustle and bustle. I wish every child could be half as fortunate ad these deer and find such a wonderful place to spend their summers.

23May/130

Like a fish out of water

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Everyone ends up out of place sooner or later. You never know when you'll stumble across the person struggling to find their place.

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