Gotta Keep Dreamin’

I’m jumping out on a limb writing (and posting) a rhyme with Holocaust survivors in mind, especially since you can’t hear the music in my head.

Inspired by Matisyahu and freestyle rapper Kosha Dillz and in remembrance of the 6 million who perished.

Auschwitz-Birkenau ©desireisrael, 2016

Gotta keep
to keep livin’
to keep believin’
and keep lovin’

Gotta dream
it’s called prayer

A real dream
crying out
from deep within
to the One
who can answer
who will answer

He loves and
He lives

His people
so deep in His heart
never forgetting
cannot forsake
His children
from the beginning



Holy One of Israel
Avinu Malkeinu

Who would have ever
a God so high
above all our stuff
to step in
to cry
to weep
as His people weep
to comfort,
to console
only His is this role

Zion, Sing
Jerusalem, Shine
just remember
You are Mine
the apple of My eye
asking why, why, why
so much pain
so much suf’rin’
why we called
why we chosen
are You loyal
are You faithful

Zion crying out
lookin’ ‘round
for the lyrics
and the sound
desirin’ to sing
yet agony within
cryin’ out
drownin’ out
the love within
wanting God
yet anguish grippin’
agony trippin’ out
holding tight
pain not forgotten
why must I remember

are You here?
do You hear?
are You there?
where did You go?
the cry in the night
from a broken soul

my brothers and my sisters,
my mother and my father
gone, taken away
one dark day

Yet here I am
if You’re real
and if You are
what do You want from me?

O God
help me
like David, I cry out
desperation pressing down
please don’t leave me
don’t forsake me

Frustrated, so confused
wonderin’ who You really are
Avinu Malkeinu
Our Father, Our King
wrestlin’ like Yakov
unwilling to relent

Here I am, God
soothe my soul, O God
please take my cries
please hold them not against me
just bein’ real
expressin’ my soul
to You

Today I’m hopin’
Today I’m reachin’ out
I’m letting you hear me
I want You to see me

Broken in soul
my heart still beatin’
barely breathin’
gasping for breath
as I remember
Trying not to remember

Are you real?
I can barely ask again
My eyes heavenward
if You’re real
if You’ll answer
please come find me, My God
as I cry out
from this broken place
wanting to hide my face
from You

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You Hear – 40


I waited patiently for the Lord
He inclined and heard my cry
He took me up out of the pit,
Out of the miry clay

I will sing, sing a new song
How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song

He set my feet upon a rock
He established and ordered my steps

Many will see, many will see and hear
How long to sing this song
How long to sing this song

Do not withhold your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let your lovingkindness and your truth continually preserve me

Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you
Let such as love your salvation say continually,
“The Lord be magnified!”
But I am poor and needy;
Yet the Lord thinks upon me
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my G-d

Excerpts from Psalm 40 and 40 by U2

U2 Video Performance of Forty:
40 by U2

May G-d lift the head of his people Israel
Like he did David’s head,
Time and time again

Once again
May he deliver them out of the pit,
Out of the miry clay
And put a new song in their mouth
A song of hallel
That many will see and fear
And trust in the name of the Lord

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140702 Zion Mourns - Version 2

“Please do not hide your face from me, O G-d of my fathers,” Jacob cried out.

“I’m right here, my son?” G-d answered.

“Is that you, O G-d? Where are you? Where have you gone? Why have you hidden yourself from me for so long?” Jacob’s cries were desperate like those of a scared child feeling lost and alone.

“Jacob, be still, my son,” Abba said with tenderness in His voice.

Jacob tilted his head upward, having heard the faint whisper of G-d again.

“Is that you, O Lord? Is that you, my G-d?” Jacob panted, one slow breath at a time.

Jacob was a desperate man. He was disoriented. The life of his youth had been so rich yet at some point somewhere he had lost himself and forgotten the beauty of walking with G-d in his younger days. He had lost his vision. He was like the blind man who didn’t know his own appearance and could only try to feel and sense his surroundings.

“It’s me, my beloved son. Can you hear me? I love you, Jacob. I love you with an everlasting love.” The Father’s words resounded in the heavens. They were like a soothing ointment that pierced Jacob’s heart with power like thunder.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love…I have drawn you, O virgin of Israel.” Jeremiah 31

I am joining with for Five Minute Friday. The goal is to write for five minutes without extreme editing or worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

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