Friday, September 27, 2013

J is for Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

One of the most jubilant hymns I've ever heard is Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee. I cannot feel discouraged when I hear this powerful piece. The music is from the final movement of  Ludwig  van  Beethoven's 9th Symphony of Ode to Joy, and the Lyrics. were penned by Henry van Dyke  in 1907.

      Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, Op’ning to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!
    All Thy works with joy surround Thee, Earth and heav’n reflect Thy rays, Stars and angels sing around Thee, Center of unbroken praise. Field and forest, vale and mountain, Flow’ry meadow, flashing sea, Singing bird and flowing fountain Call us to rejoice in Thee.
    Thou art giving and forgiving, Ever blessing, ever blest, Wellspring of the joy of living, Ocean depth of happy rest! Thou our Father, Christ our Brother, All who live in love are Thine; Teach us how to love each other, Lift us to the joy divine.
    Mortals, join the happy chorus, Which the morning stars began; Father love is reigning o’er us, Brother love binds man to man. Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife, Joyful music leads us Sunward In the triumph song of life.
      I think it's right up there with one of  my favorite hymns- How Great Thou Art, in music that lifts up praise to God!

       What do you think? Do you have a favorite hymn?

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      Friday, September 20, 2013

      I is for Icthus

       I was a teenager during the Jesus Freaks era, (I did my share of passing out tracts on the beach!) and wearing the Sign of the Fish was a big fad amongst Christian youth. According to the history, Icthus is the Greek word for fish and the  letters represent Jesus, Christ, Son, God, Savior.
      It was used as a  symbol by the  early Christians who were persecuted for their faith.  They  would draw the fish shape in the dirt to let other Christians know who was safe to speak of their faith.
       So, it was the same  for Christian youth-we recognized other Christians by the fish necklace or bracelet they wore. I believe I still have one of the icthus pendants  that I wore as a teenager
      Back in those days, we were allowed to have Bible studies on the high school campus during  lunch period. We would sing a few songs accompanied by guitar, pray and have a short devotional. We had our Bibles and used them right there on school property! We even had a couple of teachers as our mentors. Of course, there were kids who participated just to be part of the cool group- but they were always accepted and loved.
       Today, when we see the symbol of the fish, it's often meaningless and not necessarily demonstrating that the bearer is a follower of Christ. Perhaps it was just another religious fad, but I have fond memories of those years when I was a follower of Christ even before it was cool to be a Jesus Freak.

      Have you any memories of those days, or remember reading about them? Do you use the Icthus symbol?

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      Friday, September 13, 2013

      H is for "Help, Cecil, Help!"
      I must be feeling nostalgic for events of my youth, for here is yet another post about those bygone days. This week, our alphabet meme is hosting the letter "H" and my post centers around a tag line spoken in an old cartoon called "The Beanie and Cecil Show."

      I was a child in the 1960's, and loved this particular cartoon that began in 1962. It ran for one season, but had reruns for several years. I believe there was an updated version in the 1980's, but never watched those shows.

      The character, Beanie, was a human boy who wore a beanie cap, that allowed for him to fly wherever he wanted to go. Cecil was a sea-sick sea serpent who was a very devoted friend to Beanie, although a bit goofy. The two, along with Beanie's uncle, would go on adventures while sailing on the ship, and more often than not, Beanie would get into trouble. Then he would call out "Help, Cecil, Help!" Cecil would respond "I'm comin' Beanie Boy, I'm a comin'!"
      While researching this info, I watched some of the videos, and was amused at the puns played out during the cartoon. As a child, I would not have picked up on that, but now, I appreciated the humor. I love pun-filled cartoons!

      The show had other characters, most with pun-filled names and many developed their own tag lines. Of course, every adventure must include the bad guy, and this was no exception. The villain was a guy named Dishonest John. He often went by" DJ." Cecil would always declare "DJ-you dirty guy!"
      This was particularly humorous, because my brother's initials in first and middle name was DJ, so of course, you know what I called him! And my dad's name was John! We really had fun with that name!   Dishonest John had an evil laugh- something to the effect of "Naa-ah- ahhhh"
      Like most cartoons of that era, there was lots of music and singing. I learned to appreciate classical music by hearing it played out in those cartoons. The Beanie and Cecil show always had the opening song and  the ending song, where they chorused   "....a Bob Clampett cartoooooon!" Each new episode would introduce the cartoon by singing what  that particular program was about, in the same tune as the theme song.
      Do you remember seeing this program? Who was your favorite character?

      Friday, September 6, 2013

      G is for Game Boy

      A few years ago, I was wandering around in a Big Lots store when I heard a mother call out "Marco!" When I turned a corner, I met up with her as she called out another "Marco!" I could not help it ... I responded with "Polo!"
      She was seeking out her young son, but I was sheepishly smiling at my own response. Whenever I hear the name "Marco" it's an automatic reaction to also think "Polo." Why? Because, as a child, I played a swimming pool game known as MARCO POLO.

      I currently live in a complex of Townhouses and am situated about 50 feet from the community pool. Not a day goes by that I don't hear kid's yelling out "Marco!" and the chorused response of "Polo!" Fifty plus years later and kids are still playing this pool game!
      The game, MARCO POLO,  is a form of tag played in water. One person is "it" and is known as Marco.  Marco is supposed to keep his eyes closed and moves around trying to tag the other players. The others  yell out "Polo" so that Marco can locate by voice. When another player is tagged, then she becomes Marco.
      I was curious as to the history of this game, why it's so named, and how long has it been played. The information I located was almost silly in it's answer. Mainly, numerous sites stated, was because the explorer was lost and didn't know where he was going.  I could not find anything of an acceptable answer, but I know it's been played for at least half a century! I think, given the opportunity, I would still play this game today! It's fun-as long as Marco doesn't cheat.   

      Do you have memories of this game?