milk & honey

Today is day 1. I am whispering a doxology into my story.

Today is day 1. I am whispering a doxology into my story.

Stass

—Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks (Cover)

stassmaster:

Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks by The National (Cover) 

Click this. If you want it. 

The National is one of my favorite bands in the whole wide world— I mean it! I mean it! They ended their set with an acoustic version of it when I saw them live in 2010. And I cried, like a vanderlyle crybaby geek. 

GOOD GRIEF

(via stassmaster-deactivated20131208)

The God who is love and family, who was born in a barn, is a God who is found, first of all, in our homes, in our families, at our tables, in sunrises, in our joys, and in our arguments.  To be involved in the normal flow of life, giving and receiving, as flawed and painful as this might be at times within any relationship is to have the life of God flow through us. 

Rolheiser | The Holy Longing

thesufjanstevensmodel5000:

Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan

thesufjanstevensmodel5000:

Dear Miley. I can’t stop listening to #GetItRight (great song, great message, great body), but maybe you need a quick grammar lesson. One particular line causes concern: “I been laying in this bed all night long.” Miley, technically speaking, you’ve been LYING, not LAYING, an irregular verb form that should only be used when there’s an object, i.e. “I been laying my tired booty on this bed all night long.” Whatever. I’m not the best lyricist, but you know what I mean. #Get It Right The Next Time. But don’t worry, even Faulkner messed it up. We all make mistakes, and surely this isn’t your worst misdemeanor. But also, Miley, did you know the tense here is also totally wrong. Surely you’ve heard of Present Perfect Continuous Tense (I HAVE BEEN LYING in this bed all night long [hopefully getting some beauty sleep?]). It’s a weird, equivocal, almost purgatorial tense, not quite present, not quite past, not quite here, not quite there. Somewhere in between. I feel that way all the time. It kind of sucks. But I have a feeling your “present perfect continuous” involves a lot more excitement than mine. Anyway, doesn’t that also sum up your career right now? Present. Perfect. Continuous. And Tense. Intense? Girl, you work it like Mike Tyson. Miley, I love you because you’re the Queen, grammatically and anatomically speaking. And you’re the hottest cake in the pan. Don’t ever grow old. Live brightly before your fire fades into total darkness. XXOO Sufjan

Mark 5:21-43

"talitha cum."

(Little girl, I say wake up.)

- Jesus

“Play and seriousness, the exuberance and superabundance of life, on the one hand, and the tense power of vital energy on the other, are profoundly interwoven. They interact with one another, and those who have looked deeply into human nature have recognized that our capacity for play is an expression of the highest seriousness.” – Hans-Georg Gadamer

{Nietzsche - “Mature Manhood: to have found again the seriousness one had as a child - in play.”}

“After two thousand years people still journey to Jesus.  They bring a vaunting ego and last year’s scar, one unruly hope and several debilitating fears, and unwarranted joy and a hesitant heart - and ask Jesus what to make of it.  We have only gradually become aware of the hook in Jesus’ promise, ‘I will be with you all days, even to the end of the world.’ This not only means that he will not go away but that we cannot get rid of him. He continues to roll back the stone from the caves we entomb him in.” 

The Holy Longing | Ron Rolheiser

"This is not the worst thing to ever happen. Cancer is so limited.  It cannot cripple love, shatter hope, corrode faith, eat away peace, destroy confidence, kill friendship, shut out memories, silence courage, quench the Spirit or lessen the power of Jesus." - Margaret Lee

Stass

—Can't Help Falling In Love (Cover)

thestassmaster3000:

I recently played this song at a wedding. I decided to record it, hope you like it. 

Oh my gosh. Stacey Park makes me cry.

(via sonofastoryteller)

what is culture?

{ I have no roots;

they are bundled in my tired arms.

"Let us go," they plead, 

"Let us make a home in this earthy soil."

"I can’t." I reply as I squeeze them, their radicles wrapping around my neck and wrists. 

"We are dying." They moan and I choke. 

"We can no longer live on your tears and your sweat."

 They moan again as I gasp for air. }