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SONG LYRICS: LOVE AND HONOR:

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I remember a time when the truth was black and white
There was no room for gray–
When a man’s word would reign supreme
Stronger than fortune or fame.

In my heart I hold my life’s one demand
To free the world I love from evil’s crippling hand…
And I will not stop until my dying breath—
For there is no end where love begins — again…

CHORUS:
When love finds you it changes everything,
Just open your eyes…
It starts to happen, before you know,
Your honor is tested, can you endure?
The war inside, fighting will, fighting hard,’
Honor’s voice begins to sing out the voice
The voice heard above it all…

For the Sake of love and honor would you answer the call,
answer the call—- of love.

Transition——
I feel the call, I know that love can conquer all,
But I must find a will to fight
For glory, love and honor…
Nothing’s going to stand in my way.

A greater calling, I cannot fail to risk my life for love
and the will to prevail.
Liberty is calling loud
Listen, can you hear the sound?
The rhythm of a beating heart — that turns from fear to love.

CHORUS:
When Love finds you it changes everything…
There is no end where love begins — where love begins again.
Just open your eyes
It starts to happen, before you know,
Your honor is tested, can you endure?
The war inside, fighting will, fighting hard,’
Honors voice begins to sing out the voice
The voice heard above it all

For the Sake of love and honor would you answer the call,
answer the call– of love.

CHORUS:
When Love finds you it changes everything…
There is no end where love begins — where love begins again.
Just open your eyes
It starts to happen, before you know,
Your honor is tested, can you endure?
The war inside, fighting will, fighting hard,’
Honors voice begins to sing out the voice
The voice heard above it all…
FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE AND HONOR will you answer the call-
Answer the call– of love

Optional verse:
A delicate beauty with flowers in her hand
A silhouette flowing with the wind
With beauty floating all around..
Listen can you hear the sound
The rhythm of a beating heart —- can calm a troubled soul.

Lyrics and Music by Matthew Remillard
Inspired by the screenplay: Rebirth
Singing: Matt Remillard and Cheryl Harris

 “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”  Thich Nhat Hanh
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We have ancestral memories in every cell in our bodies-- what we do with this knowledge becomes our legacy to generations that follow us.

“If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.” Thich Nhat Hanh
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We have ancestral memories in every cell in our bodies– what we do with this knowledge becomes our legacy to generations that follow us.

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I come to you with an open heart, on it written, not void of reason or rhyme.
As one whose passion is torn apart, in the hunt and hunger for love and truth.
Only in past dreams have we lived in this moment, in this realm referred to as time.
For more than a day or a dream shall we stay, in this moment that I wait for you.

In those days when breath be still and mine eyes seem closed,
Be not bound by numberless days that move too fast, and then pass too slow.
Have faith to be covered, only to rise again and be not tattered nor worn,
To be apart only to mourn, then to again reunite and soon be reborn.
Let us not doubt, but shout that I will be yours, and you be mine.
Written in love above, in a place beyond this time.
Beyond matter and space or of now and then in doubts and fears that make us cry.
Let it be written in love to transcend the realms of reason, and the need to ask for — if — or why.

T.L. Lewis
February 15, 2014

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On my knees praying for a better world to come,
Trying to speak— but my heart is numb
Silent screams, tiny hands reaching up…

Innocent eyes so full of life and tears,
Their last moments struggling through pain and fear–

Dear God please tell us why,
— how can anyone devalue such precious life,
to have no mercy, be so devoid of love?
Please, tell me that the brightest days are yet to come…

Tonight I pray for their families, for hearts to change,
Show us mercy– as we’ve lost our way…
Please send your light into this darkest place,
how much more can you take?

I pray these babies are at peace in your arms,
That they are wide awake and free from harm.

Please shine a light on this darkest day,
We’ve lost our way– when we no longer protect the least of us–
Help us to stop this innocence lost, this hell, this holocaust-

Soften our hearts with your undying love.
Please, let us know that brighter days are yet to come…

Help us remember all of this sorrow will pass away.
For in your kingdom there is no more death and no more pain.

December 14, 2012

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Shake not dreams from your eyes, nor close your lids on a dare–
It will never be night– not with the fragrance of myrrh and the light in your hair…

The first truths you will doubt … are those that can’t lie,
The last dreams you let go, are the ones that will die..

And you will long for the sun
— yet you must reach for the cool colored moon–
and the night is the day, and the day passes too soon.

Together we search all over the earth– from the fountains and springs- the moisture does burst,
yet never so much that it quenches our thirst…

The circle of life, folds in and out on itself like a soft flannel quilt,
To cover a trembling clenched fist, a petrified will–
from the boughs and the branches — fingers reach out, screaming, I’m part of you still–

Like an innocent child, yet smug like a sage,
guarded by illusions of infancy and the coming of age.

So small do we dream, so little and so short do we live.
How easily we tire and give up– and give in.

So hurried we run ahead and behind–
Oh how we travel without reason or rhyme,
Blown like the sand in the footprints of time…

Seekers of truth, defenders of right,
Makers of will, keepers of light…
Holding to truths that ennoble the mind.

Shake not the light nor dreams from your eyes–
The first truths you will doubt…are those that can’t lie–

Dare to lead with your heart.
Dreams you can’t let go, are the ones that can’t die…

Sometimes what sparkles– truly is gold.
A story burning– waiting , to be told,
Captured between yellowed pages,
too soon, tattered and torn–
Characters, begging, wanting, aching, longing — to be– reborn.

T.L. Lewis
January 1, 2007


IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son.

Rudyard Kipling


Do It Anyway

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered,
LOVE THEM ANYWAY

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives,
DO GOOD ANYWAY

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies,
SUCCEED ANYWAY

The good you do will be forgotten tomorrow,
DO GOOD ANYWAY

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable,
BE HONEST AND FRANK ANYWAY

What you spent years building may be destroyed overnight,
BUILD ANYWAY

People really need help but may attack you if you help them,
HELP PEOPLE ANYWAY

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth,
GIVE THE WORLD THE BEST YOU’VE GOT ANYWAY.

On a sign in Mother Teresa’s office


From a sign on the wall of Shishu Bhavan, the Children’s Home in Calcutta

“Human rights are not a privilege
conferred by government. They are
every human being’s entitlement
by virtue of his humanity. The
right to life does not depend,
and must not be contingent, on
the pleasure of anyone else, not
even a parent or sovereign. …
You must weep that your own
government, at present, seems
blind to this truth.”

Mother Teresa
[Agnes Gonxha Beiaxhiu] (1910-1997)
Humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize 1979


A Gift for God (1975)

“There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well.
They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste.
When I see people throwing away things we could use.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997)