Hope

Inspirational Songs: Music Heals

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Inspirational Songs: Music Heals

I thought that I would continue this post because I know that music has strong healing powers for some people. Who doesn’t like to listen to a good song?

1. Forgiven – Reliant K

 

2. Peace in the Valley – Kevin Costner

 

3. Fin – Anberlin

 

4. Love Saves the Day – Piotr Rubik

 

5. Savin’ Me – Nickelback

 

6. How Deep the Water Runs – Kevin Costner

 

7. The Unwinding Cable Car – Anberlin

 

8. I Was Here – Beyonce

 

9. Lose Yourself – Eminem

 

10. Savior – Black Veil Brides

 

11. Never Give In – Black Veil Brides

 

12. Second and Sebring – Of Mice and Men

 

13. Someone Somewhere – Asking Alexandria

 

14. This Song Saved my Life – Simple Plan

 

15. You are the Heart – Blood on the Dance Floor

 

16. The Good Life – Valencia

 

17. How to Save a Life – The Fray

 

18. Eyes Open -Taylor Swift

 

19. Tied Together With a Smile – Taylor Swift

 

20. Beautiful – Christina Aguilera

 

21. Who You Are – Jessie J

 

22. This is Love – The Script

 

23. The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

 

24. Perfect- P!nk

 

25. Who Says – Selena Gomez

 

26. Firework – Katy Perry

 

27. Hey You – Miranda Cosgrove

 

28. What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

 

29. Only You Can Be You – Cymphonique Miller

 

30. Little Things – One Direction

 

31. Freckles – Natasha Bedingfield

 

32. Imagine – John Lennon

 

33. I Believe I Can Fly – R. Kelly

 

34. One – U2

 

35. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars

 

36. Mean Girls – Rachel Crow

 

37. Let it Be – The Beatles

 

38. Times – Tenth Avenue North

 

39. By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North

 

40. Stars – David Crowder Band

 

41. The Sun Will Rise – Kelly Clarkson

 

42. Stand – Rascal Flatts

 

43. You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up) – Josh Groban

 

44. Hero – Mariah Carey

 

45. When You Believe – Whitney Houston ft. Mariah Carey

 

46. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2

 

47. The Climb – Miley Cyrus

 

48. You Can Come to Me – Ross Lynch and Laura Marano

 

49. Changed – Rascal Flatts

 

50. I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts

 

51. Believe – Brooks and Dunn

 

52. I Hope You Dance – Lee Ann Womack

 

53. Need You Now – Plumb

 

54. Lost – Michael Bublé

 

55. Marching On – OneRepublic

 

56. Heroes – David Bowie

 

57. Brave – Sara Bareilles

 

58. Little Wonders – Rob Thomas

 

59. Whip It – Love and Death

 

60. Hope – We Came As Romans

 

61. Son of Venice – Upon This Dawning

 

62. Same Love – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert

 

63. I Lived – OneRepublic

 

64. Strong Enough to Save – Tenth Avenue North

 

Thank you to everyone that contributed to the list!

Please, feel free to add more songs! We want to know what songs give you hope.

 

 

 

A Battle Against Pain

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A Battle Against Pain

By Krista Zimmerman

 

The pain is stronger than ever before,

Buried deep inside – it yearns to exist no more!

The heart beats faster, faster, faster –

As the knife draws closer, closer, closer!

One jab away from the end,

No pain will ever be felt again!

A voice can be heard deep inside.

It pleads for me not to run and hide.

It says that someday I can win this war,

But only if I remain alive to make my life into something more!

Alas, the clanging sound signifies a battle that has been won – all the more,

Just as I back away and throw my knife down to the floor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sun Always Rises

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The Sun Always Rises

-Lily Kershaw, Maybe

Enjoy the Small Moments

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We wanted to include some writing on “enjoy the small moments” this month, specifically because many people don’t have them to enjoy. I have spent so much time trying to write a poem or a story before I realized this: small moments aren’t meant to tell stories. They are meant to be those few minutes in time that you are the happiest, the most empathetic you’ve ever been for no particular reason. It’s singing at the top of your lungs, car stereo blasting. It’s laughing hysterically for no apparent reason and not being able to stop. It’s coming in after a long workout, muscles aching, and drinking the best cup of water that you’ve ever had. It’s having a little brother or sister, niece or nephew who falls asleep in the car, and for a moment, looks so peaceful and innocent that it makes you want to cry. It’s making dinner with your family. It’s knowing every line of a movie and quoting it with your best friend. It’s drinking hot tea on a rainy day while being read to. It’s dinner time conversations and witty comments and driving barefoot and playing UNO for four hours and dancing idiotically and every single moment, every single memory that stays with you for a lifetime, even more than those long vacations and the planned parties. It is every moment that you don’t expect to be brilliant but is, every moment that seems perfectly normal at the time then becomes the most treasured moment that you have years later. It is all of those moments that make you learn to love life and to KNOW that every moment counts. It is love and life and utter joy. It can’t be captured in a picture or a story or a poem, but it will be captured in your essence for existence. I only hope that you savor those moments while they last — that is what “enjoying the small moments” is all about.

-Alex Stepp

21,000 Children Die EVERY DAY

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21,000 children die every single day. I was going to open up this issue with what I typically right, such as the statistics about poverty, but I don’t think anything is going to capture your attention like that fact. And poverty is certainly worthy of your attention. 21,000 children starve to death, die from an untreated disease, or die from some other poverty-related problem that could have been fixed every single day [1]. Now that I have caught your attention, I hope you continue reading as we learn how we can prevent that number.