The Pearl

Menacing predator prowling

Finding a rebellious heart
Freezes her senses for a moment
Seeking the delicate treasure
But the pearl cannot be touched

Longing for the love she knew

An abyss of her heart silent
Responding to deception

The deceiver whispering lies
The pearl still cannot be touched

The Rescuer hastens
Illuminating an enslaved soul
Waves of mercy wash her heart
Tenderly restoring brokenness

The pearl saved by His Grace

Stephanie White

"C.S. Lewis often alludes to the idea that if we ever truly saw evil —in its unabashed ugliness— we would be so completely reviled and repulsed that we would never choose it."

Rozann Lee, writer for Word on Fire Ministries

The Sea, beckoning a return

“Are you ready?”My Lord asks.

“Maybe,”I reply.

“Well at least it’s not no this time.”

I respond, “it may take more time.” But I feel the pull.

“It’s ok, your soul will let you know when you’ve healed completely,” God simply answers. “It will still be there when you’re ready.”

“Thank you for all the healing help you have given, Lord.”

“Of course, and all that has happened in your life has brought you here, today, and being here close to me is good. So don’t worry. I am with you.”

~~Stephanie White

“Don’t Go To War With Yourself “

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=RDz9BPMjL44Aw&params=OAFIAVgB&v=z9BPMjL44Aw&mode=NORMAL

Music profoundly impacts my soul, with so many beautiful choices I tend to gravitate towards positive messages that encourage my soul to praise God in His creation, in His Merciful Love.
As I posted yesterday, musicians do not always go under a label to proclaim truth in their music, nor do they necessarily have to claim a CCM label either to share the gospel.

But what if the artist doesn't "proclaim" Christianity? What if instead there are definite Christian attitudes and morales in their lyrics that can lead one to believe in Christianity?

How then should we view this??

I don't have an answer here, but my opinion is that Catholics and Protestants can both embrace and see Christ in all people. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta would feed anyone, anywhere and was one to look beyond labels and see Christ in all people; begging to be held, fed, loved.

Isn't it what Jesus would do?

Chris Martin of the international musical sensation "Coldplay" has undoubtedly spread at least peace, love and kindness. They have helped many organizations with funds and their efforts to eradicate poverty, aids, and to spread peace efforts globally.

https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/coldplay

Coldplay's newest EP release "Kaleidoscope" contains a song touching on the theme of immigration – something that Pope Francis knows all too well, being an immigrant himself , as a child his family left Italy in 1929 to escape the fascist rule of Benito Mussolini.

Pope Francis poses with a group of Syrian refugees at the Vatican, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016. Pope Francis has had lunch with a group of Syrian refugees who were brought to Italy from the Greek island of Lesbos thanks to the pope’s intercession. The Vatican said Thursday that the pope brought toys and other gifts for the children, who, in turn, gave him a selection of their drawings. Both the adults and children had the chance to speak with the pontiff ‘’about the beginning of their lives in Italy,’’ the Vatican said. (Credit: L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP.)

In the song "Miracles (Someone Special)" Martin writes of famous people who had confidence in what they believed in, and were not afraid to be love in the face of horrendous evil of their times.

In the Catholic faith, Saints follow the Lord Jesus to their own crucifixion by not ever backing down from the truth Christ taught them. They went to their deaths for the faith, they spoke up for the poor and oppressed, and with Christ by their side they created multitudes of followers by their actions.

Other famous leaders and believers in common human rights as peace and justice are mentioned in the song as well, focusing on doing the right thing against all odds.

In this day and age of rampant corruption, impurities, and filth in music, I am weeding through and finding amidst loud screams of "sexual revolution" and lewdness are gems that speak beauty, love, peace, justice. And millions are listening… converting.. talking about peace.. loving… putting down the masks of selfish ambition and getting things done that create joy- which makes God pleased.

"Miracles (Someone Special)"
(with Big Sean)

[Chris Martin:]
My father said never give up son
Just look how good Cassius become
Muhammad, Mahatma, and Nelson
Not scared to be strong

Now you could run and just say they’re right
No I'll never be no one in my whole life
Or you could turn and say no wait they're wrong
And get to keep on dancing all life long

My father said never give up son
Just look what Amelia and Joan done
Or Rosa, Teresa their war won
Not scared to be strong

Now you could run and just say they’re right
No I’ll never be no one in my whole life
Or you could turn and say no wait, they’re wrong
And get to keep on dancing all life long

Yeah you could be someone special
You've got bright in your brains and lightning in your veins
You'll go higher than they've ever gone
In you I see someone special
You've got fire in your eyes and when you realize you'll go further than we've ever gone
Just turn it on

[Big Sean:]
Look I paid my intuition I couldn't afford tuition
My funds was insufficient, it felt like I'm in prison
Until I realized I had to set my mind free
I was trusting statistics more than I trust me
Get a degree, good job, 401k, but I’m trying to turn k’s to m’s, what does it take?
And maybe I could be the new Ali of music prolly
Instead of doing it just as a hobby like these boys told me to
I guess you either watch the show or you show and prove
Prove it to them or you prove it to yourself but honestly it's better if you do it for yourself
Never complacent till we hit the oasis
One life don't waste it feel my heart races, success I taste it, ah
Ah we on the verge of getting every single thing that we deserve

[Chris Martin:]
Yeah you could be someone special
You've got fire in your eyes I see heaven inside you'll go further than we've ever gone
In you I see someone special
You've got bright in your brains you can break through those chains you'll go higher than we've ever gone
Just turn it on

In you I see someone special
Don't go to war with yourself
Just turn, just turn, just turn it on and you can't go wrong