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so, what's with all the verses and funky fonts?, you may be asking.

i was having a bit of 'graphic art therapy' on monday night. i've been feeling a little helpless and inadequate as of late; i have a dear dear friend that is struggling through some hard times. i want nothing more than to snap my fingers, or click my heels, or nod my head, and have all the pain go away on their behalf... but alas, life does not work that way. instead, i can listen, and i can encourage, and i can listen some more. feeling frustrated and wondering what i could do to lift my friend's burden -- as well as keep my own mind and soul occupied -- i flipped to some sheets tucked in the back of my bible.

i started reading through the old testament at some point during college. i realized that by the time i would eventually finish with malachi, it was probably going to be a looooong time before i methodically visited these writings again. so as i studied, i took to jotting down certain verses that struck me for one reason or another, since i figured i might never discover them again. these sheets have lived behind my concordance ever since.

i revisited these sheets and i thought about my friend. feeling drawn to these passages, i eventually decided to reacquaint myself with microsoft word. an accountant by trade, excel has become my program of choice; so it was with great joy that i realized i had downloaded many fonts from fontgarden eons ago. between the fonts, the formatting, and the inadvertent scripture memorization, i became painfully aware of how little i meditate on scripture nowadays. and yet how enriching it is.

for a surprise, i was going to tape the passages all over my friend's door [i decided instead to share them in person]. funny how my project of encouragement has turned into something i myself have been dwelling on constantly. along with praying for my friend, it seems it's all i've been doing and thinking about this week. so i thought i would share. be encouraged.

on an un/related note: if any redhawks have the lyrics and/or chords to "be released", please let me know...
Posted on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 11:11PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments8 Comments

Reader Comments (8)

that's exactly it. design can be meditation.

Jan 13, 2005 at 11:57AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
surprisingly so.

i may make a habit of it.
Jan 13, 2005 at 12:36PM | Registered Commentermdog
I'm a redhawk, but I'm not sure I know that song.

Wow...what an incredible blog. Very insightful and very encouraging. funky verses are always good.
Jan 13, 2005 at 10:45PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
i thought you were a redskin... ;) we used to sing "be released" in intervarsity. it uses the malachi verse, and now the song is stuck in my head.

and... thanks. i'm glad you are encouraged.
Jan 13, 2005 at 11:11PM | Registered Commentermdog
I obviously don't remember all the words, but it has something to do with be released to run through the fields and soar like the wings of an eagle.....maybe???
Jan 15, 2005 at 01:54AM | Unregistered Commenterjoy
well, i know that malachi 4:2 is one verse, the chorus is "be released to run/to leap and dance through the fields/to rise upon/wings like an eagle"... but i can't remember if there is a second verse?? agh.
Jan 15, 2005 at 10:38AM | Registered Commentermdog
These chords are close, but might not be exact

Be Released


The Son of Righteousness
Is ris---ing
With healing in His wings
With healing in His wings

So be released to run
Am7 F
To leap and dance through the fields
C G Am7 C
To rise above on the wings of an eagle

The day will surely dawn
When the Lord will come
For all who fear His name
For all who fear His name
Apr 28, 2005 at 10:40AM | Unregistered CommenterRenfroeJones

Hehe I think I searched for "To Be Released" a couple years ago and this blog was one of the only results back then, too.

I have it on cassette: Godrock - Live at Joel's Place. Along with "Set Me Free," I want to own these songs on a digital format.

Feb 4, 2009 at 12:14AM | Unregistered CommenterStephen

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