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MUSIC…More than a Frill

What does music do to our souls? John Rutter, the composer whose music I shared in my previous blog, has a theory about music and especially the music sung by small or great choirs. Because we enjoy music that has beautiful harmony, Mr. Rutter thinks it is a lesson for all mankind…to be in harmony with one another.

What a desperate prayer this is for the world as we know it today. To even consider harmonious living in a time of destruction and cruelty is almost “asking for the moon.” Yet, this is what God wants from us and only through Him and the love He demonstrated for us through His Son will we have this glorious blessing of peace and harmony. We look for the day that our churches and community choirs will once again gather in fullness to sing His wonderful praises.

BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN RUTTER: Born on 24 September 1945 in London, John Rutter is the son of an industrial chemist and his wife. He grew up living over the Globe pub on London’s Marylebone Road… As a chorister there, he took part in the first recording of Britten’s War Requiem… He then read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the choir. While still an undergraduate he had his first compositions published, including the “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” which he had written aged 18.

In 1981, Rutter founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts, and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works)… He frequently conducts many choirs and orchestras around the world.

In 1980, he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996, the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music.

Rutter’s compositions are chiefly choral, and include Christmas carols, anthems and extended works such as the Gloria, the Requiem and the Magnificat. In 2002, his setting of Psalm 150, commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, was performed at the Jubilee thanksgiving service in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Similarly, he was commissioned to write a new anthem, This is the day, for the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, performed at Westminster Abbey during the service. (Taken, in part, from a conversation with Bruce Duffie)

At the end of this blog, you will see the words, OLDER POSTS. In case you missed it, click on this to hear another of his beautiful musical pieces with words. It will be worth you while.

Listen to what he has to say about choral music and then below his message is one of his most excellent works of art. Tune your heart to be blessed.

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Turn up sound. THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU

Conducted by John Rutter Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, The Mark Thallander Foundation Choir Festival


Good Friday Requiem

On the Friday of the crucifixion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, Boyer Writes presents the Requiem by Mozart

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THE CRUCIFIXION by the artist Gabriel Metsu 1629-1667

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What is a Requiem?

Compositions written to honor the deceased, often in the form of a Requiem Mass. As early as the late 15th century, Requiems were composed using melodies from Gregorian chant.By the 18th century, composers began to create Concert Requiems that required large orchestras that were too large to be used at ordinary funeral services and were more like an oratorio.The 20th century saw the emergence of the War Requiem, or compositions to honor those killed in war. These Compositions will often contain secular text along with the religious text of the Requiem Mass.Over 2,000 requiems have been written by hundreds of composers over the years.a version of the mass performed to commemorate the dead.

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Requiem by Mozart, performed by the National Orchestra of France, directed by James Gaffigan    Turn up your sound

 


Music of Comfort and Their Stories

People have heard the music of great hymns of faith, but may not know what was the story behind the writer and why it was written.  For you, as promised, I bring 5 hymns that will give you the message of comfort and courage needed at this time.  These are stories of lives changed as they found Christ as Lord and Savior through the difficulties or joys that they experienced.

from Boyer Writes      May you be blessed.

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Countdown to Christmas…Day 4

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A real birth…a real Child born of a Virgin…a real Savior of the world.

Music video and dramatization   Turn up sound   (Josh Groban)

 


Out of the Mouth of a Baby

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They asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?” “Yes,” Jesus replied. “Haven’t you ever read the Scriptures? For they say, ‘You have taught children and infants to give you praise.'”  New Living Translation

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Claire Ryann and her father

Video by a very young Claire Ryann (about 3 years old)  This child cannot read words on a script card.  Her memory and clarity is more than amazing.  Out of the mouth of babes not only comes the story of the Gospel of Christ, but shows the abilities God gives a little child.  Perhaps this is why we are to become as “little children” if we are to enter the kingdom of heaven.

 

 


Fill All Lands with Glory…A New Focus and Invitation

joyWith so much sadness and darkness in the world, we must lift up our voices and “Shine”to dispel the gloom and doom. Look at the faces, on the video below,  of  Christians in the Royal Albert Hall in London. They represent every age, race, and gender.    Multiply their  voices and faces of all Christian people world-wide who can  bring light into the world.  It is our duty and joy to share  our voices of hope.  As He has said, Christ is our only hope and redemption.   Our only cry should be for all nations and what God wants for His world and His creation.

An Invitation to a new FOCUS:  Join Boyer Writes with  a new daily focus and see what it does to your life. We certainly understand that this may not be easy.

What is this new focus?

  • Decide if you want your minds and life to be changed from a daily bombardment of darkness or  to light and joy, where you can reach for inner peace and calm.
  • This may mean deciding to switch off  the TV news and discussion groups for a period of one month or longer.
  • Even though this is not Lent, many times during the season of Lent, Christians choose to restrict themselves from certain things in order to draw closer to God.
  • This invitation is to do a similar thing.
  • Choose your own New Focus
  • If you make this decision, please use the “Comment” on this post or write an email to Boyer Writes and let us know of your choice in order that we may pray for this new focus in your life.   boyerwrites@yahoo.com   (copy email and paste)

  Fill our lands with your glory, Lord!  Dispel the darkness. Shine on Us!

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Deception is Possible…Trumpeting a Warning

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Deception is  an act or statement intended to make people believe something that is not true.  Recently I was sent an email that gave a long, flowery presentation on how one political presidential candidate may be God’s messenger to save the United States…and maybe even the free world. The email was directed at Christians.  I could not help but think that all people, especially Christians, may want to consider carefully that deception is a great possibility when following one who decides to lead or comparing one to divine intervention.  This is risky business for who knows the mind of God outside of His divine word.

Everyone wants evil to go away. We would like someone or some leader to fix things, but this is truly wishful thinking. There is great fear when one learns  about a beloved Christian priest being brutally murdered in his own church, in front of the altar and cross of Christ. The Scriptures have told us that we will be hated for being followers (Mark 13:13) and there will be great anguish in the world (Mark 13:19), but there is hope and we should not be deceived or listen to deceivers.

Below are some verses from the Holy Scriptures, book of Mark and chapter 13.  Pay close attention to Mark:13:22 about deception.    If one is interested in the world’s future, he or she may want to read what Jesus, Himself, had to say about this.   Be wise and be alert to “off the wall” things being written and said in this modern world.   God would not have us be deceived.

New Living Translation   Holy Scriptures  Mark 13

  1.  Jesus was leaving the Temple that day, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls.”
  2. Jesus replied, “Yes, look at these great buildings. But they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!”
  3. Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple. Peter, James, John, and Andrew came to him privately and asked him,
  4. “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to be fulfilled?”
  5. Jesus replied, Don’t let anyone mislead you,
  6. for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many.
  7. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately.
  8. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.
  9. “When these things begin to happen, watch out! You will be handed over to the local councils and beaten in the synagogues. You will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.
  10. For the Good News must first be preached to all nations.
  11. But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
  12. “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel against their parents and cause them to be killed.
  13. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
  14. “The day is coming when you will see the sacrilegious object that causes desecration standing where he should not be. Then those in Judea must flee to the hills.
  15. A person out on the deck of a roof must not go down into the house to pack.
  16. A person out in the field must not return even to get a coat.
  17. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.
  18. And pray that your flight will not be in winter.
  19. For there will be greater anguish in those days than at any time since God created the world. And it will never be so great again.
  20. In fact, unless the Lord shortens that time of calamity, not a single person will survive. But for the sake of His chosen ones He has shortened those days.
  21. “Then if anyone tells you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah,’ or ‘There he is,’ don’t believe it.
  22. For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.
  23. Watch out! I have warned you about this ahead of time!
  24. “At that time, after the anguish of those days,the sun will be darkened, the moon will give no light,
  25. the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
  26. Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds with great power and glory.
  27. And He will send out his angels to gather His chosen ones from all over the world—from the farthest ends of the earth and heaven.
  28. “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branches bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near.
  29. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that his return is very near, right at the door.
  30. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place.
  31. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
  32. “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.
  33. And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!
  34. “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return.
  35. You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak.
  36. Don’t let Him find you sleeping when He arrives without warning.
  37. I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for Him!”

Trust in God with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.  Proverbs 3:5,6

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GREAT is the FAITHFULNESS of GOD to give WISDOM,

not DECEPTION, to ALL AGES, RACES, and PEOPLES 

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The Child’s Voice..closest to Angels

UK  Livera BoysThe innocence…quality…and tenderness of the voices of children is what I am sharing with you today.  As we grow older, the voice changes…as do the qualities of childhood. It is a beauty that is lost to age, but nonetheless a joy forever when captured before it is no more…as in this video.  Libera boys ingins

One of my favorites is Going Home. (Lyrics shown below.)

The boys singing are from the U.K. and are called Libera.  The singers  are aged seven to sixteen and  attend many different local schools in South London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Libera thinks of themselves as more than choirboys, but also as a boy band. Don’t miss the beautiful song that  calls for God’s Mercy (Salva Me) and Abide with Me.

I leave you with this thought.

 Ask God for mercy, and to know that He gives mercy and forgiveness. Certainly feel safe with Him. This song is about being saved from the darkness, chaos, from things that harm. To fly away and be saved from this darkness. To feel calm within the grace of God.

Sit back and quietly listen and enjoy in the frustrations of the day and in busy lives. You will not be disappointed. Lyrics to Going Home by William Arms Fisher, Music by Antonin  Dvorak

Goin’ home. Goin’ home. I’m a-goin’ home. 
Quiet-like some still day, I’m just goin’ home. 
It’s not far, just close by, through an open door. 
Work all done, cares laid by, goin’ to roam no more; 
Mother’s there ‘xpecting me, father’s waiting, too, 
Lots of folks gathered there, all the friends I knew. 

Morning star lights the way, restless dream all done. 
Shadows gone, break of day, real life just begun. 
There’s no break, there’s no end, just a-living on; 
Wide awake, with a smile, going on and on. 
Going home. Going home, I’m just going home. 
It’s not far, just close by, through an open door.

The Composer’s Story:

William Arms Fisher was a pupil of famed composer Antonin Dvorak, studying under Dvorak in New York City. A native of Prague, in 1893, Dvorak composed his most famous symphony, the Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”. It was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and was an homage to the United States, which had just passed its 100th anniversary of being a country.

Contrary to popular belief, Dvorak did not base the symphony on any existing folk songs. Rather, he wrote original themes based on what he’d heard of Native American and African American music in the United States. The symphony was met with immediate success at its premier on December 16, 1893 at Carnegie Hall.

In a newspaper interview, for the New York Herald in 1893, Dvorak challenged American composers to look at their own country’s rich heritage of native music to draw their inspiration from. His full quote: “in the African American melodies of America I discover all that is needed for a great and noble school of music. They are pathetic, tender, passionate, melancholy, solemn, religious, bold, merry, gay or what you will. It is music that suits itself to any mood or purpose. There is nothing in the whole range of composition that cannot be supplied with themes from this source. The American musician understands these tunes and they move sentiment in him.”   William Arms Fisher took up the challenge, starting by penning words to the Largo melody of the second movement of Dvorak’s symphony.


Count Down to Glorious Easter_ Day 4

This is the Thursday before the Crucifixion of Jesus.  On Holy Thursday (also called Maundy Thursday), Christians commemorate the Last Supper—a Passover meal that Jesus shared with his disciples the night before his death, which we shared in our last blog.  During the meal, Jesus broke bread and offered his followers wine, saying “This is my body, given up for you.”The arrest and flagellation of Jesus occurred before his trial.  Condemned, he was led off to suffer crucifixion on the cross, a Roman means of torture and death.

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Painting by Rubens

Credits:  Video St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir “God So Loved The World” by John Stainer.  Cathedral photographs St.Paul online.


She was Homeless, a Foreigner, and Loved a Woman

What does it take to love someone so much that one will leave one’s own country and family to follow that person to a people unknown even if it means being homeless and not certain when one will eat the next meal?

We have an example of this in a love story that makes one think that there may have a purpose in some twist in the road that we know not of.  We, in the modern world,  may even learn a few things from their experience.

I’d like to introduce you to two people.They will be familiar to some…and perhaps not know to other readers.  This saga started when the men of the family died, leaving two women, Ruth and Naomi, alone and destitute.    Today it would be like a family  having no money in the bank; no one to pay the mortgage and not even food stamps would make things the way they used to be.  I’m certain at this moment someone is thinking, “I know that feeling for I’ve been there. I even had children that I had to support. “RuthAndNaomi2

It may have been a different time in history and these women may not look like you or dress like you, but suffering is the same regardless. The feeling of hopelessness,however,  did not mean that there was not faith.  Faith was one thing that was abundant in their lives.  It is the stepping out on that faith that is the hard part.  It is somewhat like wandering in the dark, but believing that there is a Hand that guides.

Decisions had to be made.  These two women  had a special relationship. Naomi accepted the fact that Ruth had a loyalty and love for her that began when Ruth married her son.   They lived in a culture that expected the men of a relative to stand in the gap for the women in their lives. There was no such thing as “women’s lib”.   If a brother died, often another brother would take her to be his wife.  It was a matter of keeping the family together and the name to continue.  The women were dependent upon this custom, which may have led Naomi to take Ruth and return to her own homeland. No one had told Naomi that they would care for her.  Ruth also knew that her decision was a difficult one to go with Naomi, but because of her love she was willing to make this choice.   Being a foreigner,  Ruth  could be subjected to all types of prejudice.    In essence, she and her mother in law were homeless.

(The lesson…we often have to make decisions even when we do not know what those decisions will lead us into.)

Being a wise women,  Naomi, told Ruth to go to the local fields and glean what she could so that they could take the grain and have something to eat.  It was a custom when the field owner was harvesting to leave a certain amount of grain standing for the poor.  Today we would call it a giving of a 10% or helping out our local food bank for those who need help feeding the family.  Naomi did not ask her to stand on the road side with a sign about being homeless and needing help.  She only ask her to work and  warned her to stay close to other women and to be careful of those who might have bad intentions to her.  This she did.

(The lesson:  We can pray and hope, but sometimes we have to simply get out there and work…maybe not the work we want…but do what is necessary at the time. )

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Because Naomi had come back to the land where she grew up, some of the people knew her and the word soon was out that Naomi was back with her daughter in law.  This was news to a distant relative, Boaz,  who owned the land where Ruth went to glean.   He was curious about the young woman. He instructed his workers to leave her the best portions.

(Lesson: Sometimes God opens a door and makes events happen using people to bless us in a greater way than we expect.)

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Even though it is not mentioned, it appears that Ruth and Boaz may have gotten to know one another in the field, for Boaz  actually took the matter to a council to see if some man would want her for a wife.   Courting and love relations, as we know it today, were not the usual route toward marriages. They were arranged as families united often for economic purposes.  None of the men were in favor of the offer, so Boaz, Naomi’s relative, now has his own decision to make.

Ruth goes to Boaz and lays at the end of his bed.  Nothing more is told about the relationship, but Boaz decides that Ruth will be his own wife.  boaz

The story does not end there for Ruth and Boaz had a son named Obed,  who was the grandfather of the future great King David.   Naomi also became the baby’s nanny.

So often the readers of the Holy Scriptures are turned off by the long line of genealogies, but they are actually important. I must admit that I have skipped many of them.  This one was especially important because Jesus became part of this lineage.  (See complete lineage)

(Lesson:  As we put our lives in God’s hand, we do not know what wondrous things He is working out.)
One must remember that God is not a respecter of persons.  His eye even knows when a sparrow falls. If you are in the middle of a troubling situation, do not give up.   There is much life to live and many bends around the corner of which you are now not aware.   As you reach out to Him, God will be in control.

“All very interesting, but that was a different country; different race and different religion than I am.  How can this story apply to my life?”

We are all God’s creation and He even knows when the sparrow falls from the trees…as the deep voice of Sam Gary sings for us in HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW.

 

 

 


Begin the New Year with Music and Lessons You May Have Missed at Christmas

Christ ChildPerhaps your Christmas was too involved and busy to settle back and listen to some of the world’s most beautiful music.  Put down the phone; turn off the TV and enjoy the best of this Holy Season .  This  is your moment to listen and meditate on things beautiful while you sip a favorite beverage. 

 May God bless you in a special way in this New Year.


Easter Sunday 2015 CHRIST IS RISEN!

Whatever time zone, it is now Easter in parts of the world. Especially remember our Christian brothers and sisters who have suffered so much in this last year…and in the University in Kenya just this week.  We pray that those who said, “Yes, I am a Christian” will have experienced the Risen Lord, in all His glory, with their last breath.

HE IS RISEN….CHRIST IS RISEN INDEED.    Hallelujah Chorus sung by King’s College Choir and Orchestra


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Boyer Writes would like to wish you the most blessed of Christmases as you enjoy Kings College choir at Cambridge.


For Sunday: St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel Ceiling

If you have never seen the marvelous art and architecture of the  Sistine Chapel or St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, this is your opportunity along with beautiful music for this Sunday morning.  May you blessed by Michelangelo’s beautiful paintings and the sculpture of Masters.

Art and music for your Sunday listening.


For the Serious Music Lover…Handel’s Messiah…an after Easter Concert

To spend time listening to some of the world’s greatest music may be your delight if you are a serious music lover.   Nothing can be more uplifting than Handel’s Messiah… which is glorious anytime.  As we have been thinking of the risen Christ, perhaps it is even more appropriate.

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The year 2013 was the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death.   This Baroque composer is best-known for his work, The Messiah”.  Handel lived for 49 years in London and died at the age of 74.  This, of course, was not very old in today’s thinking. ”

The BBC has broadcast all of his operas, more than 40 in total,  and every one of the composer’s keyboard suites and cantatas was performed during the annual London Handel Festival, which included concerts at St. George’s Hanover Square church, where Handel worshiped, and at the Handel House Museum , longtime residence of the man who Ludwig van Beethoven himself, citing Messiah, said was the “greatest composer that ever lived.” …  (from Smithsonian Magazine by Jonathan Kandell)

For your enjoyment and worship of God, Boyer Writes gives to you The Messiah….performed by the musicians  and Choir of Kings College at Cambridge University in England.   (Turn on sound and wait for the introduction)


For Who am I? THE OLD RUGGED CROSS has the answer.

Look at yourself in the mirror.  You see this person that is complex and wonderfully made.  Look at your hands.  They may look young, but will someday become older hands with bluing veins; thin skin and tiny lines.  Look at your hair.  It will most likely turn from a color to a shade of grey.  You will have lived.   Yes, lived …and in the scheme of things…a very short time on this earth.

As we ride through the country side, we see valleys and mountains.  Throughout the world there are graves…family plots and larger cemeteries where the remains of people lay who once had a life as you do.  Some of them made the most of it.  Some did not….but regardless, they were each unique.  Just as you are unique.

We ask questions about life as the philosophers have done throughout the ages.   Why was I  born and what is my purpose in life?  Only God has those answers. If we seek HIM…at this Lenten season, He may reveal it to us.

One thing that Christ knew, because He knew all, was that He would face an “old rugged cross”.   He could have refused to go to the cross and could have called angels from heaven to protect Him, but He did not.  He simply prayed, “Not My will, but Thine be done.”

He also knows that you will ask this question, “Who am I?”  He has the answer.   Because of the cross, you are God’s child.   You have a loving heavenly Father.   He knows the number of hairs on your head and your future….that is who you are.

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Music for the Soul…. Psalm 91 and Thou Who Came from Above by Charles Wesley

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Psalm 91   “It is good to give thanks to the Lord..to sing praises to His name, O Most High…to declare His steadfast love in the morning…and His faithfulness by night…to the music of the lute and the harp…to the melody of the lyre…For You, O Lord , has made me glad by your work…at your works of your hands, I sing for joy!”

The choir of Rochester Cathedral sings the hymn O Thou Who Came From Above. Charles Wesley’s wonderful words are sung to the lovely tune Hereford composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley who was born in London in 1810 ….. his 200th anniversary.


Advent Sunday: Slow down and Listen to His Voice

As we prepare this Advent Sunday  for the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, we at Boyer Writes  dedicate this time of Advent to a deep refection and a quiet time.  Stop from your busy schedule and let God speak to you through His quiet, still voice. 

   Below are the voices of Cistercian Abbey in the Vienna Woods. 

“This Cistercian Abbey was founded in 1133 by Saint Leopold III as a house of prayer to thank and praise God and to intercede for the sake of the world. The spiritual and cultural life of this house has continued without any interruption or destruction. We Cistercians live in the rhythm of “ora et labora – pray and work”.     The monastery  seems surprisingly young at heart. Of the 83 brothers who live here, most are well under 50 years old. And more than a few of them found their way to the monastery via the internet.  The brothers use social media to reach as many people as possible and introduce them to their heritage and their philosophy, which is to appreciate the qualities of the age and yet to live unchanged according to Abbey’s traditional religious principles and monastic rules.  The Cistercian order demands discipline, work and obedience. Severity is their standard…”

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Advent Moments for the Young at Heart

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So often people talk about the Christmas tree as a religious symbol.  To some it may be, but   it is not.  The decorating of a tree at Christmas goes back many years throughout the world,  coinciding with the traditions of Christmas, but has no real religious significance to Christians. That may be a surprise to some of our readers.  We are glad, however, that we can enjoy this beautiful, decorated work of art each year in our homes, shops and even in our churches.

The True Meaning of Advent:  In this world where darkness would destroy peaceful living, we look for the LIGHT to come.   Advent is not only about the birth of Jesus Christ, but about the waiting for his return again.   For He has told us in John 14:3 , “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.”   We are to search our souls; ask forgiveness and be ready for His return.  He is to come as a thief in the night.

My thanks to a very talented staff at Jacquie  Lawson   and to Gayle in California who sent this card to me a Christmas or two ago.  If you are young at heart and have a love for the Savior and this Advent season, you will love  this  in Boyer Writes Advent Moments. Gather your children or grandchildren around to view this card. The ornaments on this Christmas  tree   do tell the story of the real meaning of Christmas. We hope you enjoy it.

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Music for the Soul

cambridge choir2Nothing stirs the soul like the music sung in the video below by the Choir of Kings College, Cambridge, England.    Blessings to all who hear from Boyer Writescambridge choir5


Under Her Wings…and HIS

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The story that explains  “under  her wings”:
After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park , forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno’s damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched on the ground at the base of a tree.
Sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother’s wings.
The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies.
Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast….because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live.covering chick
‘He will cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you will find refuge.’ ~ Psalm 91:4
After reading this story, I could only think of the number of firefighters who lost their lives.   What a tragedy that so many were lost…but my prayer is that in their last moments that they knew the protection of being under God’s wing.
The SONG     “UNDER HIS WING”  and its composer’s story:
William Orcott Cushing (1823-1902) served as a Unitarian pastor for many years. He was well known as a very kind and compassionate man whose love for Jesus was acted out daily towards his fellow man. After his wife’s death in 1870, Reverend Cushing resigned from his pastorate and began writing hymns.
Cushing wrote more than 300 hymns. He wrote Under His Wings in reference to Psalm 17:8, “Hide me under the shadow of Thy wings. Ira Sankey (1840-1908) composed the music for the hymn and published it in his Sacred Songs No. 1, in 1896. Sankey composed the music for close to 12,000 hymns in his lifetime.
Refrain:
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.( Refrain)Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

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Boyer Writes is celebrating our 4th year today.  During these years, we have published 364 writings and  61,092  visitors have viewed our site.   We thank all those who read and make comments from around the world.  Some feel like old friends even if we have never met. We are grateful to God for all His blessings and know that He has held us in His Hands, as well as His Wing.  To help us celebrate, the voices  below sing Under His Wings, performed by African American choirs of Huntsville, Alabama and  Atlanta, GA : Oakwood University Aeolians, University Choir, Dynamic Praise, Voices of Triumph, The Great Atlanta.
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The Great Commandments and Music for the Soul

Epiphany at Russian Orthodox Church

Epiphany at Russian Orthodox Church

Matthew 22:37-40    ” You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your mind.   This is the first and great commandment.  The second is like unto it…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets.”

Toga Monastery in Russia

Toga Monastery in Russia

Nuns from Vvedensky Tolga Monastery … located in Russia in Yaroslavl

“The Tolga Monastery stands on the bank of the Volga River a little above and across from the city of Yaroslavl. The monastery is almost 700 years old but the present buildings date from about 1670.

Legends hold that in 1314 Bishop Trifon of Yaroslavl, spending the night at the site awoke to see a pillar of fire which led him to an icon of the Virgin and the monastery was established at this location.

The soviets closed the monastery in 1926 and used the building for various purposes including an educational center, a World war II hospital and a correctional center for juvenile delinquents. It was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1987. There has been considerable restoration done and it is now operated as a nunnery.”


BOYER WRITES Celebrates 300 Writings

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Having started to write Boyer Writes  in 2009, I have found it to be a wonderful medium for my thoughts and creative expression.  Sometimes I look for interesting and funny things, but mostly I want to inspire and encourage those who may read.  It is also important to me that I can connect with people. Someone who lives in another country may write a comment about what has been meaningful.  Words have power and we may not know this side of heaven how powerful.

A love for music and art has influenced me to include at the end of each writing a  concert videos or art from around the world.  There is great beauty and talent in the world and we are blessed that we can hear and see so much of it through the internet.

Today Boyer Writes is celebrating a mile-stone of  300 writings, and I would like to share a beautiful song from a most talented young girl.    She sings a prayer better known as  The Lord’s Prayer.

“Our Father Who art in Heaven.  Hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come.  Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors…and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.. for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen”


For God So Loved the World Advent Sunday

Perhaps one of the most quoted verses of the Bible is John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. That whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  

At this Advent season, we realize that for anyone to give their only son to save another person is an unthinkable thing to do…yet, God did it. 

To be in the world…to know the world…to have been part of creation, yet comes to the world to be the sacrifice for all sins of the world, God gave His only Son.

Why?  Because He loved the world….His creation.   A most profound thought!

He sent Him in the world…not to condemn the world…but that the world might be saved.   That means you and me.   No matter what your faith is;  has been or if there is no faith,  I would ask that you seek Him this holy season.  Call upon His name and He will answer you.  As strange as it may seem, I find seclusion in my shower to be the best place to pour my heart out to God.  Give it  a try.