Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Kind of an empowering message that has been the basis of my life and my morality… since the days when I started singing in church. Powerful stuff.

What kind of world is this that we are living in where are our loved or hated for the color of our skin?
What kind of emptiness would make you so unkind?
what vein and heartless arrows have poisoned your minds?
What kind of place is this where we have all arrived?
Tell them they’re forgiven. But, tell them that they lie.

What kind of world is this when we dare to place upon the backs of our sisters so we can carry on?
What kind of heart pretends what it feels is true?
I know a love much stronger than the ghosts that follow you.
What kind of fool would judge me by the color of my eyes?
Tell them they’re forgiven. But, tell them that they lie.

Five hundred years of days and sorrows
– maybe selfish love is just too strong –
life only lasts for a moment we’ll turn around one day and be gone
So I cry… tell them they lie
Yea I cry… tell them they lie
Tell them they lie.
Tell them they lie.

do nv dah go hv i

America’s history Revisited: Tell Them They Lie

image3Sadly, in the assembly of this post, I learned of the passing of Priscilla Coolidge. Within the short span of one article, there was tremendous hope from a ‘song’ which had to be one of the earliest I ever learned… to the message that this is nothing new. It is not the first time any government has lied to it’s people. To the sadness of the loss of a ‘Gypsy Queen’ who influenced my life…. for that, I thank you.

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