[Aaron Burr:] How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten Spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
[John Laurens:] The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father Got a lot farther by working a lot harder By being a lot smarter By being a self-starter By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter
[Thomas Jefferson:] And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted Away across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter
[James Madison:] Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain
[Burr:] Well, the word got around, they said, “This kid is insane, man.” Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland “Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came, and The world’s gonna know your name. What’s your name, man?”
[Alexander Hamilton:] Alexander Hamilton My name is Alexander Hamilton And there’s a million things I haven’t done But just you wait, just you wait…
[Eliza Hamilton:] When he was ten his father split, full of it, debt-ridden Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden Half-dead sittin’ in their own sick, the scent thick
[Full Company except Hamilton (whispering):] And Alex got better but his mother went quick
[George Washington (Company):] Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside A voice saying, “Alex, you gotta fend for yourself.” He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf
[Burr (Company):] There would’ve been nothin’ left to do For someone less astute He would’ve been dead or destitute Without a cent of restitution Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and all the things he can’t afford Scammin’ for every book he can get his hands on Plannin’ for the future see him now as he stands on (ooh…) The bow of a ship headed for a new land In New York you can be a new man
[Company (Hamilton):] In New York you can (just you wait) be a new man In New York you can (just you wait) be a new man In New York you can be a new man [Women:] In New York [Men:] New York [Hamilton:] Just you wait!
[Company:] Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton) We are waiting in the wings for you (waiting in the wings for you) You could never back down You never learned to take your time! Oh, Alexander Hamilton (Alexander Hamilton) When America sings for you Will they know what you overcame? Will they know you rewrote the game? The world will never be the same, oh
[Burr:] The ship is in the harbor now See if you can spot him ([Men:] Just you wait) Another immigrant Comin’ up from the bottom ([Company:] Just you wait) His enemies destroyed his rep America forgot him
[Mulligan/Madison and Lafayette/Jefferson:] We fought with him
[Laurens/Philip:] Me? I died for him
[Washington:] Me? I trusted him
[Eliza and Angelica and Peggy/Maria:] Me? I loved him
[Burr:] And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him
[Company:] There’s a million things I haven’t done But just you wait!
These words from the centurion in Capernaum speaking to Jesus give some pause. “I am Not Worthy to Have You Under my Roof.” Should we think we are not worthy?
In the account from the Book of Matthew it seems to say that the soldier leader was more being humble and deferring before Jesus. The centurion’s servant was deathly sick; and so he asked that Jesus heal him. The centurion believe Jesus could help.
And this faith the centurion displayed, even though he wasn’t a traditional believer, even though he had great earthly power, Jesus praised that faith.
I think this is the core message Matthew is conveying: be humble; have faith; believe honestly, in whatever manner you are able. I think this is what we are called to each day.
Let it be so for each of us, each day. We are in fact worthy; in fact, by being humble, we model the very attitude Jesus praised. Have faith, believe, and you are, worthy.
Yet another RUSH song, yet more sounds and words the soak deep into me over and over again. It fortifies me.
“If we burn our wings Flying too close to the sun If the moment of glory Is over before it’s begun If the dream is won Though everything is lost We will pay the price But we will not count the cost
When the dust has cleared And victory denied A summit too lofty River a little too wide If we keep our pride Though paradise is lost We will pay the price But we will not count the cost
And if the music stops There’s only the sound of the rain All the hope and glory All the sacrifice in vain (And) If love remains Though everything is lost We will pay the price But we will not count the cost”
Writer(s): Neil Peart, Geddy Lee Weinrib, Alex Lifeson
So this particular day, the 19 of June, is Juneteenth; and thus, a reading the words of the Emancipation Proclamation.
MICHEL MARTIN: By the president of the United States of America, a proclamation, whereas on the 22 day of September in the Year of Our Lord 1862, a proclamation was issued by the president of the United States, containing, among other things, the following – to wit…
NOEL KING: That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward and forever free.
SAM SANDERS: And the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons and will do no act or acts to repress such persons or any of them and any efforts they make for their actual freedom.
RODNEY CARMICHAEL: That the executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation designate the states and parts of states, if any, in which the people thereof respectively shall then be in rebellion against the United States.
JUANA SUMMERS: And the fact that any state or the people thereof shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such state shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such state and the people thereof are not, then, in rebellion against the United States.
DWANE BROWN: Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, by virtue of the power vested as commander in chief, of the Army and Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States and as a fit and necessary war measure for suppressing said rebellion…
AUDIE CORNISH: …Due on this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863 and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the full period of 100 days from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the states and parts of states wherein the people thereof respectively are this day in rebellion against the United States the following, to wit…
TONYA MOSLEY: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana – except for the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension, Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans – Mississippi, Alabama…
BRAKKTON BOOKER: …Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia – except the 48 counties designated as West Virginia and also the counties of Berkley, Accomack, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth – and which excepted parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.
KORVA COLEMAN: And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated states and parts of states are and henceforward shall be free.
GENE DEMBY: And that the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons.
CHERYL CORLEY: And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense, and I recommend to them that in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.
ERIC DEGGANS: And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations and other places and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.
AYESHA RASCOE: And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.
WALTER RAY WATSON: In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be fixed. Done at the city of Washington, this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863 and of the independence of the United States of America the 87th.
By the president, Abraham Lincoln.
The reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to commemorate Juneteenth today, also known as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day.
“FREE AT LAST”, Oh, I’m free at last, free at last.
To listen to the reading — well worth it — check it out via the following link.
An old song by the band, U2, an oldie but a goodie, as they say.
Sometimes we feel that way, we’re going as fast as we can to keep up, but only just staying in the same place.
Sometimes we do the best we can and it falls short; sometimes it’s chronically short; sometimes it’s terminally so. Terminally so.
And it is in the crucible, this struggle, this place is the very fountain source of grit; to persevere even though it is hard; to carry on because you know it’s the right thing to do, striving for improvement, striving, ever striving,
Yes indeed, blog peeps, I’m gonna go off normal script here as we hit mid-week and quickly approaching Father’s Day.
I published my first book a couple weeks ago. I’d love to have you all check it out.
An old friend who did the original illustrations for the book had this to say about it:
“A great Father’s Day gift. My long time friend Jeff Ludlum wrote this book. I had the special opportunity to illustrate it. Light, thoughtful, grounded and personal. New dads, young and old will enjoy.”