Saturday, August 22, 2015


Brad, Tiffani and Wren



Shizukesa o kōchiku
This building is a home.

It provides shelter,
yet my soul longs for security.

It gives grace for stability,
yet my heart aspires to growth.

It is defined as property,
yet my spirit rejoices
in the prospect of prosperity.
The sparrow and the swallow
make nests. The sparrow succors
with seeds; the swallow with insects.
Both rejoice with voices for song.
Happy are those who sing with joy.
They live with faith for providence
by design.
Happy are those who seek strength
in sharing love with others;
whose hearts are set on building peace
with friends and competitors.
Even those who go
through desolate places
will secure sustenance.
Survival results in revival.
They will proceed from place to place
with purpose to win joy in the discovery
of providence for life.
It will be an education in finding design
with experience. Listen to your student,
you who designed this course in investigation.
Defend rights for those anointed
by the glistening oil of the effort
to achieve success in survival
for salvation.
One day in your presence
is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather stand at the threshold
of your house than to dwell in enmity
with the existence of opposition.
A rainbow shows a shield of light.
Darkness yields protection
from destruction; not just at night.
Happy are those who find trust
in the goodness of design with faith.
Tranquility will be built with joy.

84 Quam dilecta!

1 How dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts! *
My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.

2 The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; *
by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.

3 Happy are they who dwell in your house! *
they will always be praising you.

4 Happy are the people whose strength is in you! *
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.
5 Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, *
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.

6 They will climb from height to height, *
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.

7 Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; *
hearken, O God of Jacob.

8 Behold our defender, O God; *
and look upon the face of your Anointed.

9 For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, *
and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.

10 For the Lord God is both sun and shield; *
he will give grace and glory;

11 No good thing will the Lord withhold *
from those who walk with integrity.

12 O Lord of hosts, *
happy are they who put their trust in you!

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Victoria Justice

Shiawase ni narimasu
from Ps.34

I will be happy.
Happiness will be my praise.

I will rejoice in the fabric of reality.
Let those who listen hear and be glad.

Proclaim the greatness of existence with me.                     
Let us transcend inhumanity with exaltation.

I asked for help when it was needed.
Escape from error was part
of the deliverance from terror.

Look at the light of day and be radiant.
Don’t let shame cloud the way you shine.

I called out in my affliction and I was heard.

Love delivered me from my troubles.

The message of deliverance
embraces those who value life.

Taste and see. Love is good.
Happy are those who rejoice in it.

Respect the right to life.
Use this respect to set an example
for those who do not.

Even young panthers suffer hunger.
Those who read reality to find design
do not lack in the discovery of goodness.

Come youth. Listen to me.
I will teach you to respect rights.

Who among you desires happiness
and would like the time to enjoy prosperity?

Speak truth to power.
Do not defend cruelty or violence.

Turn from evil. Do good.

Seek peace. Pursue it.

Security protects those
who only take risk to value safety.

Punishment is not for destruction.
It is for the correction of those who refuse
to root out the weeds in perception

that led to harmful action

Needs cry out. Selection detects them.
Judgment plans for them. Action tends to them.

Sympathy attends to brokenness. Empathy amends
what led to the break
in harmony.

Troubles attend the selection of goodness in design,
but effective production provides deliverance
from turbulent turmoil in time.

Security will protect your organization.
Structure will preserve your conception.

The least force necessary will correct a crisis.

Retribution will punish those who afflict others
with violence, cruelty or oppression.

Those who do no harm will not be punished.
Those who do not require correction
will not be corrected.

Benedicam Dominum

1 I will bless the Lord at all times; *
his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 I will glory in the Lord; *
let the humble hear and rejoice.

3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; *
let us exalt his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me *
and delivered me out of all my terror.

5 Look upon him and be radiant, *
and let not your faces be ashamed.

6 I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me *
and saved me from all my troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, *
and he will deliver them.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good; *
happy are they who trust in him!

9 Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, *
for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, *
but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

11 Come, children, and listen to me; *
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 Who among you loves life *
and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking *
and your lips from lying words.

14 Turn from evil and do good; *
seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, *
and his ears are open to their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, *
to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them *
and delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted *
and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, *
but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.

20 He will keep safe all his bones; *
not one of them shall be broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, *
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, *
and none will be punished who trust in him.


Saturday, August 8, 2015


Jennifer and Justin in Paris

Jiyū no tame ni kumitatemasu

from Ps.111

Hooray Yah!

I will give thanks for our freedom
in the congregation of faith.

The works of providence are great for people!
They are studied by all who delight in them.

Assembly has to be democratic, republican and majestic
for fairness to endure as justice in society.

The greatness of the organization will be remembered
for graciousness and compassion.

Food is given out of respect for needs.
This covenant remembers that ability is developed
with functional capacity.

People have been shown the power of work.
Organization for the management of resources
defines government anywhere in the world.

Faithfulness with freedom and justice
are the products of moral law
in an open society.

The commandment against killing
is the foundation for morality.

Truth is built with equity
on this ground.

Redemption is granted to those
who observe this rule of law.

Respect for knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.
Those who act accordingly have understanding.

The house of praise is built with gratitude
for the sun’s rays and the darkness of days.

111 Confitebor tibi

1 Hallelujah!
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, *
in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation.

2 Great are the deeds of the Lord! *
they are studied by all who delight in them.

3 His work is full of majesty and splendor, *
and his righteousness endures forever.

4 He makes his marvelous works to be remembered; *
the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

5 He gives food to those who fear him; *
he is ever mindful of his covenant.

6 He has shown his people the power of his works *
in giving them the lands of the nations.

7 The works of his hands are faithfulness and justice; *
all his commandments are sure.

8 They stand fast for ever and ever, *
because they are done in truth and equity.

9 He sent redemption to his people;
he commanded his covenant forever; *
holy and awesome is his Name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; *
those who act accordingly have a good understanding;
his praise endures forever.