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Gabriel's Harp

Contemporary Christian Music

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The past three years just melted together

Time passes and we gauge our time as before and after. After graduation. Before kids. After vacation. Before winter.

Well, the last three years just blended together. Before the pandemic. After the pandemic. It's so hard to remember what happened when in the past three years. I got a little spoil…

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Pandemic Reflections

National Geographic describes adaptation as “the adjustment of organisms to their environment in order to improve their chances at survival in that environment.” Just as whales migrate each season - swimming from the Arctic Ocean in summer to the warm coastal waters of Mexico in winter - w…

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May 4th Voices: Kent State 1970

Take a moment listen to a recent acting project, produced and directed by the incredibly talented Joe Gunderman in conjunction with Kent State University. Written by David Hassler, the play was first performed in October, 2019 at the Kent State University Hotel & Conference Center.

I was thrilled…

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Patience, People

The Advent song rings in my mind today: Patience, people, for the Lord is coming.

So often we expect immediate results. Well, that just doesn't happen. Things develop over time. Rome wasn't built in a day. Patience is a virtue. Have patience in all things, but first of all, with yourself. (That l…

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Walking the Journey

So, yesterday, the Divine Word Staff toured the Office of Migration and Refugee Service, supported by the Diocese of Cleveland Catholic Charities AND the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Our tour guide was kind and well-informed, and had - as I suspect most of the Service's employees do…

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So it's just been forever . . .

Since I wrote a new blog post! Sometimes we get too busy to keep up, or be introspective. Parish life has been very busy. I'm fortunate to be of service to several churches in our area. There aren't enough hours in the day to finish new compositions, arrangements, recording.

I'm so lucky to be at…

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Today is Pentecost!

So, paraphrasing Fr. Dave's homily for today:

Our God is a consuming fire! The warmer our souls become, the more God burns away our impediments. Compassion is kindness, humility, patience. Ground yourself in the love of God and may the peace of Christ control your hearts. When we're at peace, we …

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John 18:38 "What is truth?" Pilate asked.

The Lesson for Today: The truth is interpreted - or should I say clouded - by everyone's opinion. (And EVERYONE has an opinion!) What slays me is when people deliberately mislead you into believing them so you can be manipulated. It happens more often than we know! Sometimes it takes years to discov…

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What's good for the soul?

So, what's good for the soul? It varies. Sometimes you can be introspective, sometimes you must devote yourself to making society a better place. People are always saying they want to be happy, and yet, happiness eludes them. Do they seek possessions that fail to bring long-term happiness or experie…

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