C80 VS 10 July 2001
(Parody: Simon & Garfunkel: I am a Rock)

[The fact that I can recall the original song from my school days must say something about the song and about me! The original seemed to exalt the singer’s insularity and ability to remain unaffected: “I am a rock; I am an island.” Great song; foolish thought. John Donne said something along the lines of: “No man is an island, entire unto himself.” Certainly I am grateful that God didn’t leave me to my own devices. I had this song on the wall of my room, and one day when I was beside myself, I recited the words “You are my Rock” over and over — dozens of times — until I calmed down to a state of mild panic! Perhaps we need to ask the question: If everyone and everything were taken from me, what would I have left?]

In Death’s dark Valley
You are still my Hero
I refuse to be discouraged
You are here to guide me
You will hold me firm
You will lead and I’ll survive the storm —
You are my Rock!
You are my Shelter!

You are my Wall
My Stronghold safe and mighty
I am shielded by Your armour
Your Righteousness my breastplate
Salvation on my head
My shield no flaming arrows can pass through
You are my Rock!
You are my Fortress!

In times of darkness
You are the Light that guides me
No evil can ever conquer You
I shall live forever
You have said it’s so
Where You have gone I know that I shall go
You are my Rock!
You’re my Salvation!

And my Rock never fails
And my Stronghold never falls ….

2 Sam22:1-3; Joel 3:16
Ps 23:4; Ps 46; Ps 9:19; Ps 18:2; Ps 27:1; Ps 37:39; Ps 43:2; Ps144:2
Jn 8:12; Jn 9:5; Eph 6:11

[I feel that celebrating Christmas without remenbering Good Friday & Easter is like celebrating a wedding anniversary when you’re not even married.]

[Parody: Art Garfunkel’s Bright Eyes]

Looking out into the night-sky
I see a star that is gleaming
Brightly it shines as it leads us along.
Where wíll He be born?
There’s a story told by the prophets
Of the Day of Messiah
Coming to free all His people from sin
As told by Isaiah
Oh — when will He come?

Bright Star! Heavenly fire
Bright Star! You are the prophets’ desire.
When will you lead us to the birthplace of this King of Kings?
Bright Star!

There’s a boat I see on the water;
The fish that are caught there are shining;
Fishermen battle to pull the net in:
What does it mean?
The wind causes the mainsail to billow;
A Man is asleep on a pillow;
He wakes and rebukes the wind and the waves,
Calming then down:
Oh — Who is this Man?

Bright Star! Heavenly fire
Bright Star! You are the prophets’ desire
When will you rule in our hearts, clear away the cloud and the gloom?
Bright Star?

Three trees stand on a hill top:
A strange hush is filling the air;
All around people stand and they stare.
What does it mean?
Listen, the Man up there is speaking;
You see the woman who’s weeping.
The rolls of the dice are parting His clothes;
The Man on the Cross:
Oh — What does He mean?

Bright Star! Heavenly fire
Bright Star! You are the prophets’ desire
How could you lead us to this darkness: the death of this King of Kings
Bright Star?

A faint light fills the eastern horizon:
The third day’s sun that is rising;
Two men shocked as they stand by a tomb:
What does it mean?
The Man dressed in white now is speaking;
Gently calming their fears.
They look and they see the marks on His hands:
They understand —
Yes! They know what it means!

Bright Star! Heavenly fire
Bright Star! You are the prophets’ desire
You have come down, beaten sin, death and the grave
Bright Star!

Bright Star! Heavenly fire
Bright Star! Fill us with your fire
You have come down, beaten sin, death and the grave
Bright Star!

Ps 22:18
Is 42:7; 45:13; 49:9; 51:14; 52:2; 58:6
Jn 20:3ff; Jn 21:3; Mt 8:26ff; 19:24