July 11, 2013

#41 Padruna

What a delight today to visit beautiful Switzerland and talk with the lovely and talented Padruna! 
A special treat right off the top was a live vocal performance by her father, and a little accompaniment by Nina!  We send him our warm congratulations on his 90th birthday!  Another special thing about today, we were pleased to discuss some of the lyrics of a very famous song that Nina has just recently released with the piano and arrangement by David Ari Leon through her record label with Grant Taylor Record Company.   The song today originally came from Pink Floyd and their album “The Wall,” and has gone through in-depth discussions with people all over the world for many years now. We just touched on part the lyrics today as Padruna recorded just the first verses and the original lyrics are actually longer.   Sharing so many things with us from her own life experiences; suffering, pain, fear and acceptance, we found the discussion with Padruna very touching and thought-provoking.  We know that you will enjoy getting to know her a little better, as we did, in our discussion today with the lyrics of the song, “Comfortably Numb.”

Interview 01/07/2013 – Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb (Acoustic cover by Padruna)
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Lead Scripture:
Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

When we turn to Jesus we find true comfort and peace for our minds and souls.


Lyrics by:  Roger Waters
Music: David Gilmour and Pink Floyd
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone at home?
Come on now
I hear you're feeling down.
Well I can ease your pain
Get you on your feet again.
I'll need some information first.
Just the basic facts.
Can you show me where it hurts?

There is no pain you are receding
A distant ship smoke on the horizon.
You are only coming through in waves.
Your lips move but I can't hear what you're saying.
When I was a child I had a fever
My hands felt just like two balloons.
Now I've got that feeling once again
I can't explain you would not understand
This is not how I am.
I have become comfortably numb.

MONU notes & scriptures:

Our only everlasting Comforter: 
2 Thessalonians 2:17
May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved us and in his special favor gave us everlasting comfort and good hope, 17comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say.

Nahum 1:7
The Lord is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him.

2 Corinthians 1:4
4He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
We all have this feeling many times in life and wonder why we have to go through all this pain. Sometimes we go so far as to even question God and why he even allows such pain for us. But God does not allow things to cause us harm.  It’s a process of cleaning. For example when a stain gets on a cloth we have to rub it, the tougher the stain is the harder we have to rub it. It’s sort of the same way, God is in the process of cleaning this world and that’s why His kids are going through some pains, though this is also to make His kids stronger so they don’t fall again in the mud and get more stains.

Luke 12:27
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!

Why we suffer?
Genesis 37:28
So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the pit and sold him for twenty pieces of silver, and the Ishmaelite traders took him along to Egypt.
Later Joseph was made a prince of Egypt. Initially he suffered but God had a better plan for his life which is also applicable in our life. Its like Gold has to go into the furnace so it can shine more to its real beauty.  

Carolyn notes & scriptures:

Psalm 52:7
Behold the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches and was strong in his evil desire.
The beginning of this Psalm talks about those who pursue evil and who harm others and who are selfish and also refuse to turn to God.  It talks about how it will be bad for those who make such evil choices.  In life we know there are consequences to our choices.  If we are wise we will make right choices.

Psalm 52:8-9
But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever.
I will give You thanks forever, because You have done it,
And I will wait on Your name, for it is good, in the presence of Your godly ones.

The contrast from those who seek selfish gain to those who seek God is a great contrast.  The one who seeks God will flourish like a green olive tree.  That picture shows life and abundance and health.  This is not just for our bodies but for our inner-being, or mind and our emotions, our spirit.  We can try to turn to things of the world for our comfort, but the true comforter is our God.  He is the one who will really help us.

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