We give you thanks for the babe born in violence.
We give you thanks for the miracle of Bethlehem,
born into the Jerusalem heritage.
We do not understand why the innocents must be slaughtered;
we know that your kingdom comes in violence and travail.
Our time would be a good time for your kingdom to come,
because we have had enough of violence and travail.
So we wait with eager longing,
and with enormous fear,
because your promises
do not coincide with our favourite injustices.
We pray for the coming of your kingdom on earth
as it is around your heavenly throne.
We are people grown weary of waiting.
We dwell in the midst of cynical people,
and we have settled for what we can control.
We do know that you hold initiative for our lives,
that your love planned our salvation
before we saw the light of day.
And so we wait for your coming,
in your vulnerable baby
in whom all things are made new.
My brother Joseph Carlson is recording his first EP. It’s going to be really good. I’m currently in San Diego capturing some of the recording process. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes I put together from Day 2.
A big thanks to brother Elias for this
Meet Jack English, a 93-year-old legend who lives in a cabin isolated deep in the Ventana Wilderness, California.
While on a hunting trip he learned that an old homestead was put up for auction by the estate of a childless heiress. He put a bid on the property and won. On the land he built a small cabin using materials from the land and milling trees by hand. When his wife passed away, Jack effectively left “society” and moved to the cabin full time.
Filmed and contributed by Grace Jackson.
Such a life is certainly not for everyone, but I have to believe that our society benefits from those few who remind us that thrift, hard work, and independence are virtues to strive for.
In a rare television interview, this visionary author, environmentalist and farmer discusses a sensible, but no-compromise plan to save the Earth.
“There are no sacred and unsacred places; there are only sacred and desecrated places. My belief is that the world and our life in it are conditional gifts.”
“We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.” -WB
Benjamin Franklin, concluding speech to the Constitutional Convention, 1787 (via laphamsquarterly)
Wouldn’t it be nice to have statesmen/women like him again in certain regards?
I find these sorts of people to be inspiring.