Than Any Dreams

Today I recalled a song that I loved as a teen-ager by Joni Mitchell called, “Both Sides” There was something hauntingly beautiful about her lyrics (and her voice!) singing about the other side of clouds and dreams. But at the time that was another side that was unknown to me. I was so sure of right and wrong and completely rejected any kind of made up religion. Then life happened and my concepts, my hopes and my own dreams broke down, and got mired in a mud pit. That is where Jesus found me and I am so glad He did. This simple contemplative glance back shares a little of my journey and I pray it may be a blessing to you as well.

Than Any Dreams Could Be

The future was so far away
And I had dreams and hopes so true
I hadn’t time for growing old
There was so much to do

Till aches and pains became my friends
That stumbled on my way
And loss and grief showed up to greet
My heart from day to day

Then weaknesses and failures came
To teach Christ’s way for me
And show His cross was precious more
Than any dreams could be!

Than Any Dreams Could Be -by Peter Caligiuri
copyright 2021 All Rights reserved

It occurred to me today that some of my younger generation readers have no idea of who Joni Mitchell is (I get Mom liked The Tommy Dorsey Band but I never heard of him from anyone else!) So here is a link to her live performance of that song, though the audio recording is poor, it actually shows Joni in concert.

Anxious for Nothing!

Be anxious for nothing
Wrote Saint Paul from the jail
Give God every worry each fear and detail
Remember to thank Him and praise from your heart
For He has been watching our life from the start

And He answers with peace greater than we can know
His love gives us rest
In Christ Jesus we hope

So if you are passing through sorrows and tests
Put it all in His hands
Only God knows what's best!

Anxious for nothing by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2021
All rights reserved

What does God think about it?



Last night during the Republican debate the commentators constantly referred to the polls saying things like, “What do Iowa voters think about immigration reform”  or ” how will the New Hampshire vote be swayed by what Ted Cruz or Rand Paul says?” One day it may be that one of those on the stage last night will be elected president of the United States. In another year we may be hearing, “What will the world think about what the president said from the Rose Garden today?” But with all the hub-bub and political maneuvering going on, who has stopped to ask, “What does God think about this?”

A long time ago the prophet Isaiah was having a personal encounter with God like no one else had up to his time. He prophetically saw the coming judgement of Israel then later her return to the land. He saw the Prince of Peace, the seraphim, and the very throne room of God.  Later Isaiah is even shown the sufferings of Christ for His people. He probably wondered, just like we would have, how  God would work everything out and how He would ultimately redeem His people. Then God comes and almost as if putting his arms around Isaiah’s quaking shoulders says, “Relax, I’ve got this! It doesn’t matter what everyone thinks because I have everything completely under control!

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Maybe you have caught just a glimpse of God’s awesome plan or are struggling with the despair of present failure or sin. Listen again to what God told Isaiah that day, because He still has everything under control and He will make a way no matter what anyone thinks-even you!