The Words of In Jin Moon from 2011
[Note: A video clip from an ABC show was shown prior to In Jin Nim's sermon. In this clip, Emmanuel Rinkema, a Second Generation, was secretly filmed expressing his very mature views transcending racism. See: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SV67vybnd8; starting at 5 minutes.]
Good morning, brothers and sisters. How is everyone this morning? (Loving life.) Fantastic answer!
I'm delighted to be with all of you. I thought I would be en route to Korea, but True Parents gave all of us special permission to celebrate together both the 52nd True Parents Day and the second year anniversary of Lovin' Life.
I feel that God is with us today because the second year anniversary of Lovin' Life happens to fall on True Parents Day, one of the most profound and significant holidays in our movement as it celebrates the meaning of True Parents, who they are, and why they are so precious to all of us.
I wanted to start the morning off by expressing my gratitude to our True Parents and also sharing with you the fruits that you have harvested over the years. The "What Would You Do" segment that was shown on ABC is an example of the kind of fruit we have been harvesting in our movement. Emmanuel is called a remarkable man by these journalists. For them to bestow the word remarkable upon a young gentleman in our modern-day era is powerful, brothers and sisters.
What they are saying is that your children, our children, God's children, are remarkable, meaning they -- and we -- are extraordinary divine creations of our Heavenly Parent and our True Parents. One of the most beautiful things about our movement is the emphasis on loving people of all races and from all different backgrounds, appreciating the differences, coming together, and making a beautiful, harmonious tapestry of love that we call one family under God.
Truly in our movement, and here in Lovin' Life Ministries, we experience not only what it is to be an Asian American, but what it means to be an African American, to be a white American. But first and foremost we realize we are all children -- divine eternal sons and daughters -- of God, born with tremendous potential.
Brothers and sisters, for many years our movement has been out in the wilderness. The inspired response that America first gave to our movement early in the 1970s was short-lived and then we witnessed and experienced the backlash of being misunderstood. Our movement was a victim of our own success. Hundreds of young people were joining our movement every weekend at different workshops across the country. At first it must have seemed like a gift to the American people, this very interesting-looking Asian man together with his beautiful Asian bride encouraging American people not to waste their lives on sex, drugs, and purposeless living, but to be the best Americans and the best eternal sons and daughters of God.
This was a message that changed a lot of people's lives, and so initially we got great fanfare. We were given keys to every state. Our True Parents were honored at every governor's mansion. True Father was heralded as a great Christian missionary, a great teacher of God, and a great prophet for the new age. But in the decades following we've suffered the backlash because we were so successful as a movement.
I grew up at a time when every day I was ridiculed as being a Moonie. I was mocked by my classmates that my father was a cultist who spent all his time brainwashing the young minds of the American people. This was the wilderness course and we have been stuck in it for a long time, fighting for our mere survival. At that time, survival was key. We had a wilderness survival mentality and we were accustomed to certain things, like knowing how to hunker down.
I have since heard this expression "hunker down" when I was talking to one of my friends who does a lot of ministerial work in prisons. He said, one of the things you realize when you go into prison is that new inmates very quickly learn how to eat like this [hunching over]. They learn how to protect their food because if they don't protect it, it will be taken from them.
Many of our habits from the wilderness course have stayed with us. We had this protective hunkering down -- this is my family, this is my food. But True Parents are talking to us about the Pacific Rim era, about the need to settle, to enter the land of Canaan knowing that we have suffered but also knowing that we have arrived at a point in our lives when we can be successful and prosperous both internally and externally. We can become the kind of men and women who not only dream about the ideal but who have the opportunity to substantiate it in our lives.
Our True Parents are saying it's time to move in. It's time to enter into a new era. The whole vision behind Lovin' Life Ministry is to do just that. We need to take ourselves away from this wilderness mentality with all its baggage and habits, and liberate our hearts. Even as scary as it might be we need to allow God to work mysteriously in our lives, because God is here to tell us that it's time, brothers and sisters. It's time not to just continue suffering as we hunker down and fight for mere survival.
It's time to settle. It's time to be empowered. It's time to manifest our divinity out in the world. It's time to be a bright shining light unto this beautiful country of America, and to inspire it to be the providential country that God has so desired.
Emmanuel Rinkema speaking against racism on "Prime Time What Would You Do?"
When I look at the example of Emmanuel, I see an example of what I call natural witnessing. I warned a lot of the brothers and sisters sitting in the audience last Sunday that you guys are on camera and the camera does not lie. The profound thing about this footage is that it captures natural witnessing at its best because Emmanuel did not know that he was on camera. He was just being his natural self, his God-given self, with an understanding that we belong to one family of God. There is no color when it comes to God's love, and the fact that we are God's children is something that Emmanuel seems to breathe and live every day.
Brothers and sisters, unbeknownst to us, God is always working with and around us. This video clip is God's gift, not just to America but to all of us in the movement. It's God's way of saying, "Brothers and sisters, open up and see what you have. See what I have bestowed in your care. Look at how beautiful your children are. Look at how different they are."
In the beginning of this segment an elderly woman was asked, "What would you do?" She did not really have an answer, but the remarkable thing about Emmanuel was that he could give a very clear answer. We know that he could do this because he was raised in a movement like ours; he was raised in the teachings of our True Parents and our Heavenly Parent. He could articulate why the child should be allowed to have a doll that's different from her -- because we're all God's children.
This clip is indeed a beautiful gift from God reminding us what beautiful treasures we have in our midst. We are reflections of the beauty of our True Parents, brothers and sisters. This is why I am calling upon all of you to help me build something beautiful that we can leave behind in our children, like Emmanuel, to leave the world better than we found it, to leave the world in the hands of those who care, and who see no color, barrier, or hate, but only want to live, breathe, and love peace and harmony.
When I was on the phone with Father and Mother I told them we will be celebrating the second anniversary of Lovin' Life. I thanked them for their prayers, support, and love and told them how the American movement is immensely grateful to be so blessed with their presence.
I told Father, Lovin' Life Ministries has been quite busy. We've been doing a lot of different work. We've been creating new membership forms and different ways of getting people to participate, contribute, and be inspired. We are especially clear about the value of knowing who we are as God's children, how blessed we are to have our True Parents' beautiful example here with us, and how privileged we are to be living at this breaking-news time, when we can not only dream about and learn about ideal families but have the opportunity to create one ourselves.
I said to our True Parents that this is an extremely exciting time. I said, "You know, we've been busy giving birth to a lot of new members." Our True Parents said, "Oh, a lot of new members?" I said, "Yes, we've been in labor for quite some time, but yes, we have been giving birth." Father and Mother said, "How many?"
I would turn the question right back to you: "How many babies do you think we have in Lovin' Life Ministries?" The young lady over there with the yellow cardigan, "How many new members do you think we have here at Lovin' Life?" "A thousand?" "You're too kind."
Most people that I talk to started with, "Five? Ten?" When I said to James, "We have a lot of new members here at Lovin' Life; how many do you think we have?" He said, "Well, last time in one of those Sundays you said we had 30-some members, so thirty-five?" I said, "It's a little better than that." So he said, "Forty?" I said, "It's a little better than that." "Forty-one?" I said, "Can you do a little better than single digits?" Then he said, "Forty-five?" I said, "You can do better than that." "Forty-six?" I said, "Why is it that every time you go up five, the next one is a one?" I said, "Try again." Then he said, "Fifty?" "It's a little better than that."
After fifty it started going really, really slow, so I said, "It's a whole lot better than that." Then he said, "Well, it can't be one hundred, can it?" So I said, "It's a little better than that." So he said, "150?" I said, "Wow, 50 in one jump." I said, "It's a little better than that." So he said, "175?" "It's a little better than that. Let me give you a hint. This is our second year anniversary, so try to number two somewhere in there." He said, "200?" I said, "Actually it's a little better than that."
So we finally got this man to a point where he came very, very close to the actual number of fully registered, full-time members who signed membership forms. This is starting from August of last year, when we implemented the new membership forms. So we're talking about the month starting in August to the end of February. We didn't even tally up the numbers for March yet, but the number of new births comes in at 222. We have two hundred twenty-two new members.
So I said to Reverend Cotter, the executive vice president, and the good gentle folks whom I spent some time with yesterday, the district pastors, "When was the last time when we had 222 members join in about six months?" They looked at me and said, "This never happened before." We haven't even finished a year. We still have some time to go until August of this year.
When the numbers finally came in, I think all of us were quite amazed. But this is what I was talking about when I emphasized the example of natural witnessing that we saw in Emmanuel. We had to clean house, to clean up our own wilderness mentality of mere survival. We had to understand and reimagine ourselves as divine sons and daughters allowing our confidence -- not arrogance but confidence -- as God's sons and daughters to shine through. That's the kind of natural witnessing that attracts people to want to ask the question, "What is so special about Emmanuel? Why is he different? Why does he answer in such a way? Why does he articulate his thoughts in such a way?"
These are the questions that will ultimately lead the new members to have a connection with God, our Heavenly Parent, and with our True Parents. These questions will lead people to become part of our movement, our family, and to graft into the original lineage of God through the blessing so they can have the opportunity to build an ideal family themselves, and thereby come to understand the heart of God, our Heavenly Parent.
Only by becoming parents ourselves can we possibly understand how much God loves us and has longed for a perfected Adam and Eve who can stand in the position of True Parents so that God, together with his and her children, can celebrate this beautiful day called True Parents Day. God our Heavenly Parent has been waiting for a long time for such a day. Adam and Eve should have been the True Parents who celebrated True God's Day together with God, allowing God to experience the love and the joy of being their parent.
When Jesus came, he was not supposed to die on the cross. He was supposed to find the perfected Eve with whom he could establish true parentship, so they together could be an example of a man and a woman beautifully loving each other, having children, raising a family, and showing the world how to build ideal families. If that had happened, the history of Christianity would not be the one of denial, loneliness, and constant waiting. You know, in the history of religion men and women were constantly waiting -- waiting for salvation through the coming messiah, hoping that the messiah would come at their time, when they're living.
But True Parents had to come because Jesus never had a chance to find the wife with whom he could become True Parents, so they could bless many, many people around the world, helping them to graft onto God's true lineage. Because Jesus went the way of the cross, True Father had to come as the Lord of the Second Advent and he had to find his beautiful bride.
When they finally found themselves and could stand in the position of the True Parents, can you imagine how incredibly happy our Heavenly Parent must have been to finally celebrate True Parents Day with his and her beloved son and daughter? Can you imagine how many tears of joy must have been shed?
For us to be living at this time with our True Parents is an amazing blessing. The words of the apostle Paul written while he was in prison under Roman authorities to encourage his brothers and sisters to stay focused on Christian unity and the true meaning of Christian discipleship carry a lesson that is very relevant to us today. In Philippians 3:13–14, Paul essentially says to his brothers and sisters, "Look, you've got to know that there are many seasons in our life of faith." What God is asking us to do in this particular passage is to forget what lies behind -- meaning forget, as in "to let go." Forget your attachment, your old habits, your old wilderness survival mentality.
What Paul was asking the Christians of his time to do was to unite in the centrality of Christ and understand that they had to rid themselves of their attachments, of the old ways of doing things, and march forward or press on to what was lying ahead. Paul was emphasizing the need for all of us as good Christians, as good men and women of faith, to leave room within ourselves for God to do his and her mysterious thing.
Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler
We need to be willing to let go of the old ways of doing things. Perhaps we're not going to sing all 30 holy songs that we used to sing. Perhaps we're going to have a little rock n' roll, an Aerosmith version of "Dream On" to inspire us to continue dreaming. Perhaps instead of unison prayer in which we're praying hysterically, this may be a time to meditate on the universal language of love, to allow the music to flow through our veins, and to allow God to speak to us in many different ways, not just in the ways that he and she have spoken to us before. Maybe it's a call for us to leave our attachments to our understanding that only classical music is worthy of a good hallelujah; perhaps God gave rock n' roll to all of us for good reason.
This is a time when we should not be prejudiced like the white mother in the video clip -- of course, she was an actress -- who, just because the doll is black, is not going to buy it for the daughter. We must not be the kind of church that presumes that just because throughout history classical music was the only type of music that did the hallelujah-ing that rock n' roll or jazz or any soul music or blues might not have the same effect on people.
Just as we need to appreciate all different races, perhaps this is the time to appreciate all different types of music. After all, music is the language of love, is it not? And if we can use this medium as a means to connect people to God, to me, that's hallelujah. Brothers and sisters, when I call upon the district pastors to come together, I am not telling them, "Look, I'm a young upstart and I can do better." Not at all. What I am saying is, "You have done a phenomenal job of surviving. Now let's work to inherit the spirit of unity, understanding that we need our True Parents and knowing that God wants to take us to the next level. God wants us not just to survive but to prosper and thrive, to be successful and satisfied in our life of faith, to love our life and understand it as a gift, and therefore to live and practice in our daily life the attitude of gratitude and the philosophy of living for the sake of others.
So up until now, these great men and women of God -- district and state leaders from all parts of America -- have done a phenomenal job. I asked them yesterday, "Do you just want to be known as district pastors who have done a fantastic job at surviving? Or do you not want to go out with a bang? Or, better than that, why don't you go out giving birth not just to hundreds of new members but thousands. What about tens of thousands?"
When I started this Lovin' Life Ministries two years ago, I remember sitting in a boardroom with some people around the table. When I gave my vision of what I would like to do with a unified ministry, they all looked at me as if I were totally insane. They gave me all the reasons why it would not work. "It's in midtown Manhattan. Parking is too expensive. The tri-state area worshipping together in the same location? Impossible. Impossible. Impossible."
But, brothers and sisters, regardless of what you were thinking and what you must have been going through, the miracle of the matter is that you were willing to give it a go. You were willing to give it a try, and for that I am immensely grateful. We here at Lovin' Life Ministries have had to go through our own labor pains and growing pains. Now we even have different people trying to bring down our satellite broadcast every Sunday morning at 9 o'clock sharp. Things like that can be disheartening at times, but I've told my brothers and sisters, just the fact that so much energy and money is being poured in to try to stop what we are doing means that we are on to a good thing and we are having an effect.
If we could give birth to 222 babies in less than six months, with people barely joining together, imagine what we could do if we really totally, with our hearts, invested and believed and worked to share this breaking news with the world? Can you imagine what that would be like?
This number of 222 counts only the new pledged members. It does not take into account all the new Ambassadors for Peace who have joined. It does not take into account a lot of the First Generation who have come back. It does not take into account a lot of the Second Generation who had left our fold, but have come back and now are actively participating in the ministry.
The number 222 is just the tip of the iceberg. In other words, it's an appetizer for the great entrée to come. So, if the first two years were the appetizer, this next year, the third year of Lovin' Life, will be the year when we start serving great entrées. And how wonderful it would be if we would all join as one heart and one family, being united and centered on our True Parents!
A couple of years back a leader came to me and said, "Your idea of boosting up membership is like the way we did in the 1970s… Highly unlikely, impossible, and let me give you the reasons why." But, you know, a list of impossibilities has a great thing about it. I don't know why, but for me, when somebody gives me a list of all the reasons as to why something is impossible then I'm going to spend all my energy trying to figure out how to make it possible -- and not just possible, but to take that impossibility through the realm of possibility and make it a reality.
Brothers and sisters, Lovin' Life Ministries is proof that the impossibility went through the realms of possibility and is now a reality. So imagine what we could do if we would fully engage ourselves as confident, eternal sons and daughters of God. Can you imagine? When Father stresses to us over and over again the importance of 2013 and everyone's thinking, "Impossible," I'm thinking, "Hmm, not only is it possible, but it can be a reality."
The example of natural witnessing is a new kind of witnessing. I'm not talking about witnessing to people one on one. I'm talking about witnessing to churches. With the great work that has been done with ACLC, now churches are partnering up with Lovin' Life, worshipping together with us. All of you are worshipping together with different Christian brothers and sisters around the country.
Brothers and sisters, we have to understand that just because for the last couple of decades it was business as usual, or same-old, same-old, does not mean that the floodgates have not opened. They have opened. And we have done the impossible. So there is nothing that we cannot accomplish if we work together.
One of the things I say to brothers and sisters when I have the opportunity to talk to them is that God has delivered us all that we need to be great sons and daughters. The Principle teaches us that God has done 95 percent and it's only our 5 percent responsibility to own up to who we are and decide to be the agent of change who is going to make the difference.
At this crucial time when we have our True Parents here with us, we have an opportunity not only to think about the floodgates opening, or hear about it, but to experience it. We're in the thick of it. This is a time when God is basically trying to say, "My dear child, start connecting the dots. I have given you everything you need."
In New York City, God provided for us the Manhattan Center, the New Yorker, and 43rd Street, yet each of the three buildings was doing its own thing. But if we understand that what God wants us to do is to connect the dots together, to create a beautiful picture of a common vision and purpose relying on the theme and standing on the foundation of unity, then we can do great things.
Many times we are our own worst enemies in that we don't realize what we have. We don't realize what a treasure a child like Emmanuel is, because he's our child. Sometimes we ourselves are our worst enemies. Often when I work with different artists I hear them tell me that the whole world has to love you before your hometown recognizes what a fantastic artist you are.
Lovin' Life has been suffering the same fate. All the Christian ministers and all the different imams and rabbis who come to our service are saying, "This is cutting-edge. This is going to change the world." But it's our brothers and sisters, still in the wilderness survival mentality, who have been the greatest persecutors of Lovin' Life. These are people who are too close to realize that they are standing right next to the light. It's always the place right underneath the light that is the darkest.
So let us not be like the men and women who lived during the time of Jesus Christ: They failed to recognize Jesus as the son of God sent to become the True Parents of humankind, and therefore they never participated in the floodgates opening. Let us not make that same mistake.
Here we have our True Parents with us. They have given us the gift of the Divine Principle. They have shared with us the gift of the blessing. They have taught us not to be afraid of death through the great events like Legacy of Peace and the Seunghwa ceremonies. They have helped us overcome death. They have given these three great gifts to the world. How can we not realize how tremendously blessed we are?
So let us not be the blind, as people who are standing right next to True Parents but fail to see what they are all about. Let us not be men and women sitting in one of the most interesting and exciting movements in the world yet not realizing that the revolution of heart is taking place. Let us not wait for new members to tell us how wonderful our faith is, how wonderful and beautiful our community is. Let's start waking up to the fact that we are, just as that journalist said, a remarkable movement.
What does the word remarkable mean? Remarkable means extraordinary. In a way we are no different from anybody else. We are ordinary in that we're all human beings but we are extra-ordinary because we have been lit from within. We have the passion for life. We have an attitude of gratitude, and we have the determination to make something of our lives, to give back to the world through our own efforts something beautiful that everybody can enjoy together.
If you think about it, the message of true love that our True Parents have shared with us and that we have been so fortunate to breathe in our daily lives makes us some of the most lucky people in the history of humankind.
Brothers and sisters, our True Father, in his talk on September 30, 1969, said that true love is fulfilled when it's centered on parental love. And the beauty of having our True Parents here is that through them not only can we experience true love and true life, but also we have the ability and opportunity to experience grafting onto the true lineage and then to build our own true lineage. We have a chance to have children of our own. We have a chance to understand how much God must have loved us, how much he and she love us still, and how much he and she must be cheering us on every day.
We have so much to look forward to. We must value this time as something sacred and holy, and the most precious gift that God is allowing us to share together with our True Parents.
I know that in Korea our True Parents are saying their blessing and giving their prayers for this great country of America. So how wonderful it would be if America would actually be that great nation, not just a superpower wielding its might and strength in the world, but a country that ushers in the new millennium with a new understanding that we are all God's children, we all belong to one family, and we must honor and live with God as if he and she is our common parent! We must overcome the barriers of hatred, the difficulties of war and poverty, and the differences and the difficulties of religious dissension, and realize that it's within our hands to determine that we are going to live our lives differently from the way they have been lived before.
We can decide today to love, to want to build that peaceful world, and to seek and strive for harmonious living. Here at Lovin' Life every week we invite a member from a different faith to come and bless our congregation. Brothers and sisters in the audience, I hope that you can open up your hearts and accept this blessing from our clergy brothers and sisters as a gift to us, the gift of interfaith dialogue, the gift of communicating as if we truly belong to one common Parent.
As difficult as it might have been for the Lovin' Life team to get up so early every morning on Sunday in preparation for the Lovin' Life Ministries, our team members have done a phenomenal job of providing such a fine, fine worship for all of us. I would like you to give them a round of applause.
The names are too numerous, but you know who you are. These are people like George Kazakos, Dave Eaton, Robert Carvel, Roy Clark, all the different men and women in the band here, Sonic Cult, all the different choir members, and all the unseen people -- the engineers who work behind the scenes to make Lovin' Life what it is.
When I say Lovin' Life Ministries gave birth to 222 members, I'm not saying, "I did it." I am saying, you and I together, we did it."
I have heard it all, and I have been called everything from a saint to a whore. You name it; I've been called it, and everything in between. We've had to overcome numerous, numerous obstacles and we are still overcoming obstacles every day. But I get up in the morning because I am inspired by you. I get up in the morning because I am inspired by the unsung heroes you don't see every Sunday, while they are putting in the hours and effort to make this ministry what it is.
Brothers and sisters, be grateful that God has prepared this beautiful Manhattan Center for our ministry, and that God has prepared an outstanding hotel like the New Yorker and the beautiful building that we have turned into a learning center at 43rd Street. This is a trinity of sorts. This is the beginning of something great. We can be the engine of something great.
Regardless of how beautiful the exterior of a Ferrari is, without its fabulous engine the car is not going to go. So the trinity that we have going here at headquarters in New York City is that engine, and Lovin' Life Ministries is the engine for our movement. Not only are we touching our movement, but all of you are touching brothers and sisters around the world -- in Europe and Asia, in Africa, everywhere.
So be proud of who you are. Be proud to be a member. Be proud to be an Unificationist. Be proud in knowing that you are God's eternal sons and daughters and we are here to do great things. And what is better than to leave something behind in the form of new people who have come to realize the beauty, majesty, and glory of God through our good works? There's nothing more beautiful than that.
What you have done together with me is good work. It's phenomenal work. It's wonderful work. So, brothers and sisters, please continue to be inspired because this is just the tip of the iceberg. As we continue to do good work, please encourage those within our fold who still do not quite get it that something good and even phenomenal is taking place. Our kids are being empowered and inspired to be great future leaders who will take our world to a much better place than how we found it. Isn't that the greatest gift that we can leave behind, brothers and sisters?
Let's be grateful to our Heavenly Parent, to our True Parents, and to each other. From one senior pastor to the congregation, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity to learn and to grow in ways I never thought I would find myself in. But as difficult as things might have been, the rewards are that much sweeter, and truly having had this opportunity to work with all of you has been an honor for me.
I can only look forward to next year with great inspiration and encouragement. So, God bless, and thank you.
1: Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is not irksome to me, and is safe for you.
2: Look out for the dogs, look out for the evil-workers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh.
3: For we are the true circumcision, who worship God in spirit, and glory in Christ Jesus, and put no confidence in the flesh.
4: Though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If any other man thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more:
5: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law a Pharisee,
6: as to zeal a persecutor of the church, as to righteousness under the law blameless.
7: But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
8: Indeed I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as refuse, in order that I may gain Christ
9: and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, based on law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith;
10: that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
11: that if possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12: Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.
13: Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
14: I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15: Let those of us who are mature be thus minded; and if in anything you are otherwise minded, God will reveal that also to you.
16: Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17: Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so live as you have an example in us.
18: For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
19: Their end is destruction, their god is the belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.
20: But our commonwealth is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,
21: who will change our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power which enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Every time I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It goes by, like dusk to dawn
Isn't that the way
Everybody's got their dues in life to pay
Yeah, I know nobody knows
where it comes and where it goes
I know it's everybody's sin
You got to lose to know how to win
Half my life
is in books' written pages
Lived and learned from fools and
You know it's true
All the things come back to you
Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good lord will take you away
Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream until your dreams come true
Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream until your dream comes through
Dream On Dream On Dream On
Dream On Dream On
Dream On Dream On
Sing with me, sing for the year
sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Sing with me, sing for the year
sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, if it's just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away......