Tuesday, February 06, 2007


no words today.....

15 comments:

Anna said...

Caption... "after Christ..."

Those chains look very heavy Paul...

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

they do indeed, and to think of all those who were shackled and died wearing them who were after christ - it's part of the paradox of the song amazing grace, of being free and yet still bound - i think that's why the negro spiritual songs are so powerful

this film has really caught me, moved my very soul - having visited the communities and places in both east and west africa and seen the eerie places that still whisper there secrets and stories i am lost for words... i guess that's why not many people have commented - i mean, what can you say?

maybe our tears say so much more

Awareness said...

“It is a great mystery that though the human heart longs for Truth, in which alone it finds liberation and delight, the first reaction of human beings to Truth is one of hostility and fear!”
Anthony de Mello

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

liberation has always come at a great cost.... i find it so remarkable that 3 days after slavery was abolished dear william died - his fight won, he went home...and am guessing a voice said, well done and arms like we can never know held him...

i sill need to read mello

Anna said...

So true...have you ever heard the song Grace Like Rain? There are several versions...it is SO moving. Touches me to my very core about God's love for me and all His children.

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

anna, no i haven't, but sounds like i should, who is it by?

Anna said...

Man...you are quick...

Todd Agnew...his version is slower than some I have heard but it is great and beautiful nonetheless...it is on iTunes.

Let me know what you think...

Anna said...

Another great version is by PLUMBLINE...

Awareness said...

Maybe we can know those arms....

I don't know why there weren't more comments because there is so much to say and ask. The song and it's genesis has such a remarkable story all in of itself. It's surprising we havent heard more about it. It's more surprising that the world doesn't know more about Wilberforce and his efforts.

The song and the stories behind it are filled with joy, sorrow, hope, and tragedy. It truly is moving....


.....personally i had lots I wanted to write about (as per usual) after I followed the links and read more about wilberforce's story and efforts. Your posts always lead me to thinking and learning and feeling. But, I feel like I take too much "comment time" already. I try to tell myself to shut the frig up..........well, every once in a while.

the quote you posted yesterday.......Margaret Mead. She too was a brilliant leader. Her words and efforts continue to inspire me ever since I first studied her books and work in undergrad.....

Ok, I'll shut up now.

Rainbow dreams said...

no comments here as I'm still reading and following links...
apart from it being my great grandmothers favourite hymn, and one that always brings tears to my eyes, I knew nothing else about it until yesterday.
My problem is I read and feel and then get lost and frustrated because there seems so little we can actually do - will keep reading...

Layla said...

sometimes an image speaks much louder than words...

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

anna, i will check out both versions - thank you

dana, i think you hit the nail on the head - how many don't know this story - and how is church leadership to blame for not allowing these stories to become part of our repentance and growth.

in ll my years in the evagelical church i never heard him or this movement mentioned once - what does that say?

Ah, margaret mead, yes - couldn't remember her name - thank you

katie, keep reading, as i say, i wonder about our churches when we don't hear of remarkable prophets of time like this man

barbara, i concur - images are sometimes more powerful - in one of the trailers whilst at dinner it is only when he is shown the shackles and the scars that he finally decides to persue his journey to abolish slavery - just wish i could have found a better pic

Mr. Althouse said...

Actually, it looks like there's a thousand of them.

Mike

Carmi said...

Sometimes, we say more in silence than we ever could with words.

Like a sabbatical, it's nice to see you back writing after this day of rest.

I'm so glad I found your blog.

always scared said...

We had a really good lecture one sunday at church about slavery and Wilberforce!!

but it still happens today...though maybe not as openly as it was then..thats the sad thing!!

I guess we are all slaves to something!!