The Parable of Leonard Cohen - John Van Sloten

November 18, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryThe parable of renowned Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen.

“Show me the place, help me roll away the stone
Show me the place, I can't move this thing alone
Show me the place where the word became a man
Show me the place where the suffering began”
Show Me the Place, Leonard Cohen

“Show me how you work, God;
School me in your ways.”
Psalm 25:4, MSG

“I love Jesus. Always did, even as a kid. I kept it to myself; I didn’t stand up in shul & say, ‘I love Jesus’”
Leonard Cohen, Saturday Night, 1997, in I’m Your Man; The life of Leonard Cohen

“He was able to find the sadness in Westmount. That takes genius. He was able to see that not all rich people, not all comfortable people, not all plutocrats, were happy.” Genius… is “the ability – a very rare ability – to see things as they actually are.”
Cohen friend, Irving Layton, page 49, I’m Your Man; The life of Leonard Cohen

“Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.”
Anthem, Leonard Cohen

“O troubled dust concealing, an undivided love
The Heart beneath is teaching, to the broken Heart above

O let the heavens falter, and let the earth proclaim:
Come healing of the Altar, come healing of the Name”
Come Healing, Leonard Cohen

“Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;

Give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”
Psalm 86:11, NIV


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July 18, 2015
You sing it, like you lived it.... beautiful :)

Janine Sico
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December 22, 2012
Dear John,
Thanks so much for the LC preach.
I live and work in Turkey and caught LC in concert in Istanbul a couple of months ago.
Can you imagine 10,000 Turks - raising their hands and singing 'Hallelujah'?
It was a taste of heaven because at the moment there are only around 4,000 from a muslim background in this land who have found him.

I was encouraged by your courage to use LC's life in the way you did from the platform.

Have a wonderful Christmas! May joy come down. And 'come healing' too for the mess that this world is in.
Blessings
Steve


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