"All Lights Burning Bright" | SONG of the week

Lead vocal: David Francey
Guitar: Craig Werth
Bouzouki: Craig Werth
Fiddle: Geoff Somers
Percussion: Shane Simpson
Backing vocals: The Boys Brigade Irregulars
Album: Right of Passage
Album year: 2007

We were standing the last watch

At the close of the day—
Three days on the water
Out from Thunder Bay.

'Cross Superior, Huron,

And into St. Clair,
On a bright day in summer
I found myself there.

Dead calm on the water

As blue as the sky,
And we waved from the water
As we slowly passed by.

We entered Lake Erie.

It was late in the day.
You could see that storm coming 
From a mile away.

We had all lights burning bright,

All lights burning bright.

That storm overtook us,

And it fell like the night,
And the Point and the Island,
They passed out of sight.

But we sailed on rock steady,

Set course through the storm,
As the sky fell upon us
And the wind drove us on.

We had all lights burning bright,
All lights burning bright.

And I thought to myself
I'd be just like this ship
If I kept my light burning
On every trip.

The watch it was ended

With the turn of the night,
And I wrote in that log book
All lights burning bright.

We had all lights burning bright,

All lights burning bright.

"On lake boats the last entry in the Watch Log Book at the end of each shift reads 'All navigation lights burning brightly.' I took this phrase as a metaphor for life. Keep your own light shining…brightly."
David Francey


Psalm 98:1 | VERSE of the week

"O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things"


It's been five years since the first "of the week" was published!

The journey continues . . .

Looking Down the Yosemite Valley Albert Bierstadt 1865 painting detail


Isaiah 40 | BIBLE PASSAGE of the week

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned:
for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness,
Prepare ye the way of the LORD,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low:
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough places plain:
and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together:
for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

The voice said, Cry.
And he said, What shall I cry?
All flesh is grass,
and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
the grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:
surely the people is grass.
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:
but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings,
get thee up into the high mountain;
O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings,
lift up thy voice with strength;
lift it up, be not afraid;
say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand,
and his arm shall rule for him:
behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:
he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
and shall gently lead those that are with young.

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
and meted out heaven with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales,
and the hills in a balance?
Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or being his counsellor hath taught him?
With whom took he counsel,
and who instructed him,
and taught him in the path of judgment,
and taught him knowledge,
and shewed to him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
and are counted as the small dust of the balance:
behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn,
nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
All nations before him are as nothing;
and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.

To whom then will ye liken God?
or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
The workman melteth a graven image,
and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold,
and casteth silver chains.
He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation
chooseth a tree that will not rot;
he seeketh unto him a cunning workman
to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.

Have ye not known? have ye not heard?
hath it not been told you from the beginning?
have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,
and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers;
that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain,
and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
that bringeth the princes to nothing;
he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
Yea, they shall not be planted;
yea, they shall not be sown:
yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth:
and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither,
and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.

To whom then will ye liken me,
or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high,
and behold who hath created these things,
that bringeth out their host by number:
he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might,
for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel,
My way is hid from the LORD,
and my judgment is passed over from my God?
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard,
that the everlasting God, the LORD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth,
fainteth not, neither is weary?
there is no searching of his understanding.
He giveth power to the faint;
and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
and the young men shall utterly fall:
but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

"There's a billion stars in the Milky Way alone*—that's one little galaxy. And He knows the name of a billion stars, but scientists tell us there's between one and two billion other galaxies. Is your God too small?"
Chip Ingram


"South Georgia" | SONG of the week

Composer: Adam Young
Album: The Endurance
Year: 2016
Click here to learn more about the album or to download it.

"In 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his crew sailed for the Antarctic in the vessel Endurance. Not long into their voyage, they encountered polar pack ice and progress slowed to a stop. The Endurance was within 200 miles of her destination when the ship became beset, and as the wind compressed the ice in the Weddell Sea against land, the Endurance was slowly crushed to death and the men forced to abandon her. How Shackleton managed to reach South Georgia and arrange for the rescue of his crew remains one of the greatest survival stories of all time. The incredible resilience of the crew of the Endurance, and of Shackleton himself, is one of my favorite historical accounts because it serves as a reminder to us all: when things look bleakest, not all is lost."
- Adam Young

"thus we went along, and thus we returned."
Ernest Shackleton


"Multiplied" | SONG of the week

fire forest multiplied needtobreatheBand: NEEDTOBREATHE
Album: Rivers in the Wasteland
Year: 2014

Your love is 
like radiant diamonds
bursting inside us
we cannot contain.
Your love will
surely come find us
like blazing wildfires 
singing your name.

God of mercy,
sweet love of mine,
I have surrendered to your design.
May this offering stretch across the sky
And these hallelujahs be multiplied.

"But the word of God grew and multiplied."
Acts 12:24


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Marc Stiegler


A.D. 1917 | YEAR of the week

separable fastener zipper patentAdvancements
- "separable fastener" (zipper) patented
- toggle light switch patented
- marshmallow creme invented
- 100-inch telescope completed (largest in its day)

- A little less than 5% of Americans owned a car, truck, or motorcycle.
- 1917 had the most (recorded) consecutive days above 120 °F (43 days in Death Valley, California).
Hooker Telescope- The year also had the coldest temperatures ever recorded in Tennessee (−32 °F) and West Virginia (−37 °F).

- 1st jazz recording commercially released
- 1st Pulitzer Prizes given

- William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
- Louisa M. R. Stead (wrote the words to "Tis So Sweet To Trust in Jesus")
- Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray- Ferdinand von Zeppelin
- Emil von Behring
- Scott Joplin
- Asa Hull
- Adolf von Baeyer

- Robert Lowell
- Hans Conried
- John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy- J. R. R. Tolkien, on medical leave from the British Army, began writing The Book of Lost Tales (the first version of The Silmarillion).
- James Weldon Johnson published his first poetry collection (Fifty Years and Other Poems).
- Edna St. Vincent Millay published her first volume of poetry (Renascence and Other Poems).

Renascence and Other Poems Edna St. Vincent Millay- Thomas O. Chisholm wrote the words for the hymn "Living for Jesus."
- Frederick M. Lehman wrote the hymn "The Love of God."
- Haldor Lillenas wrote the hymn "The Bible Stands."

- In the Zimmerman Telegram, Germany offered to give Mexico land in the West if they would declare war on the U.S.
- The U.S. declared war on Germany.
- Conscription began in the U.S. after the Selective Service Act was passed.
"The Bible Stands" hymn- The first major German bombing raid on London by fixed-wing aircraft took place.
- Greece joined the Allies.
- In Canada, the Military Service Act allowed the government to conscript men for the war effort.
- China declared war on Germany and Austria-Hungary.
- Brazil joined the Allies.
- The previously-secret Sykes–Picot Agreement of 1916 was released to the public.
- Russia-German peace talks began.
Zimmermann Telegram
- The U.S. bought the Danish West Indies for $25 million.
- The SS Laurentic sank, and 354 people died.
- A new Mexican constitution was adopted.
- The SS Mendi sank, and 646 people died.
- The Jones Act allowed Puerto Ricans to have U.S. citizenship.
- Woodrow Wilson began his second term as President of the U.S.
- Jeanette Rankin became the first woman member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
- The February Revolution took place in Russia.
- Emperor Nicholas II of Russia abdicated his throne.
- A fire in Atlanta destroyed 300 acres of the city.
Lenin 1917- A tornado struck Mattoon, Illinois, killing 101 people.
- A fire at a Montana mine killed at least 168 workers.
- The Espionage Act was passed in the U.S.
- A labor dispute ignited a race riot in East St. Louis, Illinois that left 250 people dead.
- C. S. Lewis entered Oxford University.
Dallas Love Field 1918- 1300 Arizona striking mine workers, their supporters, and citizen bystanders were illegally deported by members of a deputized posse.
- Lenin escaped to Finland, and Trotsky was arrested.
- King George V issued a proclamation, stating that thenceforth the male line descendants of the British Royal Family would bear the surname Windsor.
- Nippon Kogaku, K.K. (Japan Optical Co.) was formed, the company that would later be renamed Nikon Corporation.
Quebec Bridge- A fire destroyed two thirds of the city of Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece.
- Dallas Love Field airport was opened.
- In Russia, the October Revolution destroyed the Provisional Government, and the Russian Civil War began.
- The British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour proclaimed British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people."
- Georges Clemenceau became the prime minister of France.
- The Quebec Bridge, still the world's longest cantilevered bridge, opened to traffic.
- Two freighters collided in the harbor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, causing a huge explosion that killed at least 1,963 people, injured 9,000, and destroyed part of the city.
- The United States Railroad Administration officially took control of American railroads.

"When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam's race—
The saints' and angels' song."
Frederick M. Lehman

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