New Excellent 11 Song and thoughts on Compassion

The newest song in the Excellent 11 series is completed.  "Spread Your wings" is about compassion.  A lot of the thinking behind the song comes from Matthew Fox's "A Spirituality Named Compassion."  Unlike pity, compassion requires a person to become engaged in the problem.  We cannot simply hand someone an easy solution or a fistful of dollars.  We must get down and dirty.  This is what Mother Theresa  did.  We can then use our strengths, our resources to work with those who are oppressed, down-trodden, poor, hungry, etc. to help them oout of their situation.  Here's the song:

Spread your wings

And fly above the mountain tops

Where the sun

Breaks through the clouds.

Soaring high

Far into the atmoshpere

See the world

In holy beauty crowned.

 

Carrying upon your back

The troubles of the world.

Lift them to a higher plane

And release them to the sun

 

In your beak

Bear again the olive branch

An offering

Of tomorrow's hope.

Let your song

Gently float back to earth

Beckoning forth

The heart's own tones

 

Join the choir of heaving sadness

Lifting up their mournful song

Add your voice in deep compassion

Til you and they are one.

 

Then spread your wings

Carry them above the mountain tops

Where the sun

Breaks through the clouds

Soaring high

Far into the atmoshpere

See the world

In holy beauty crowned.

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