This song is referenced by Song 101 – This New Song and was not used as the music for a Psalm. Must have been reading the Old Testament when I wrote this, as the words are focused on Ezekiel 18:20-22. The verses talk about the relationships between sons and fathers and how the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son. Sometimes when we reread a scripture we do not remember, the words of eternal life we rediscover sink deep into our heart (See Enos 1:3-4). The description of Song 159 – Huntsville specifies how disappointed I was with some of Paul’s High School antics, and so it only made sense to use a photo of his and Kate’s wedding reception to express to me how well he has “taken responsibility for his own actions,” and is now one of the strongest members of the family in terms of “keeping from building family factions.” Certainly, Paul and Kate have been blessed, both at work and with lovely children, demonstrating “the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him who is pious.” It is so obvious to me, in my older age, “We choose each day the path to take, For ourselves and for Jesus sake.” I now feel closer to Paul than to my other sons and sons-in-law, or as the song says “Fathers and sons, eternal knots will tie,” and “shall live (hopefully) with the Father and the Son.” When I refound this photo, I thought it was nice my “Jewish son,” David Kessler, was talking to Paul and Kate. David stayed with us one summer when I was working at the University of Houston Seismic Acoustics Lab, where he was doing Post-Doc work on PSDM (see Song 165 – Feed Yourself First). Then he came back and stayed with us several summers. He is a wonderful person, scientist, and has built a very interesting company, SeismicCity. Keys this meditation recognized include how we must each take responsibility for our individual actions, and as we turn from iniquity, thankful to being washed in the blood of Christ, recognize all transgressions committed in the past shall not be mentioned in the future. And there were words from the meditation written specifically to me, including at the end of verse 1: “Look at life in the eye, It’s not your right to ask why, Bear the burdens we are given, They’re our ticket back to heaven.”
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