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Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 10.11.18 ♥

🎶She calls out to the man on the street
“Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?”

He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there

Oh think twice, it’s another day for
You and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise

She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
Can’t walk but she’s trying

Oh think twice…

Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh lord, there must be something you can say

You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
‘Cos she didn’t fit in there

Oh think twice…🎶

I heard this song on the way home tonight. I absolutely loved everything Phil Collins has put out. My good friend Andrew Lee can nail Phil’s songs on vocals! (And about any other singer you can think of) “Another Day in Paradise” is a protest song recorded by Phil Collins. Produced by Collins along with Hugh Padgham, it was released as the first single from his number one album …”But Seriously” (1989). As with his song for Genesis, “Man on the Corner”, the track has as its subject the problem of homelessness, as such, the song was a substantial departure from the dance pop music of his previous album, “No Jacket Required” (1985). Collins told The New York Times how the song came together, “It was begun at the piano. I started playing and put it down on a tape so I wouldn’t forget it. Then I decided to see what would happen when I started singing. When I began, the words just came out, ‘She calls out to the man on the street.’ I didn’t set out to write a song about the homeless. Those were just the words I happened to sing. It was only then that I decided that was what the song would be about.” Many of the songs from …But Seriously were written in attempt to offset what Collins called middle-of-the-road song choices that made his reputation “a little more trivialized than I wanted to be.” He had just played the title thief in the 1988 adventure comedy Buster, for which he recorded a hit cover of the ’60s pop song “A Groovy Kind Of Love.” He told Musician: “‘Another Day in Paradise’ was chosen because it was a bit different from what had gone on before. It would bring people back to the starting line of remembering what I’m about. I write ‘In the Air.’ I’m quite capable of writing a ‘Two Hearts,’ but let’s not forget I’m also doing this kind of stuff.” Collins sings the song from a third person perspective, observing as a man crosses the street to ignore a homeless woman, and he implores listeners not to turn a blind eye to homelessness because, by drawing a religious allusion, “it’s just another day for you and me in paradise”. This addresses the consequences of ignoring the needy and homeless. It’s a rare Phil Collins hit with a socially conscious message. Many of you know I have a huge heart for the homeless. I will be going soon to http://www.ccolife.org/ I encourage everyone to help the homeless. Collins also appeals directly to YeHoVaH/God by singing, “Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do? Oh Lord, there must be something you can say?” In the bible passage Exodus 3:1-10 we hear the cry of the city builders and listen in to the call of YeHoVaH/God on one mans life that will propel him into the places of seeking Justice. The complete focus of Exodus is found in Exodus 3:1-10 where moses hears the voice of YeHoVaH/God and recives the call to go and fight for justice with Pharaoh. His plan is to free the israelistes who have been made captive and given the role of city builders. By the work of their hands thay have toiled in building Pharaoh’s cities and palaces. The fundamental truth in the passage is that YeHoVaH /God hears their cry and sees their pain. The cry from the heart of the city and the pain from lives in captivity. Phil collins sings “Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do” “Oh lord, there must be something you can say” this is Collins response to homlessness in the city. We are not told what city but hear it is. Collins gives a contextual example of what it looks like and feels like to be homeless in the city. We are left with the question does any one hear and can anyone do something. This is exactly where the burning bush incident is equal. YeHoVaH/God choses Moses to be the instrument of freedom, peace, justice and comapassion. Please no that Yeshua/Jesus still walks the streets of the city calling for people to join Him in caring for the lost, the last, the least and the lonely. Facebook friends, let’s be peole who hear the challenge to work for justice and compassion in the heart of the city. Amen?

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