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“Drifting Sand” Poem...

“Bring You Flowers” is a new page in the Galaxy Cafe section. This page is dedicated to our troops  & their families, and is meant to honor those who are serving our country. “Bring You Flowers” is a song written and performed by Kristen Scott, a new artist on DesertSnow. The song is about a young woman who lost her husband in the war in Afghanistan, and is now raising her son alone. This song is based on a true story. As we celebrate the holidays, please remember our troops and their families in your prayers and in your gifts,  whatever you are able to do for them.

For God so loved each and every person throughout all ages that he sent his only Son (a Prince) to this world as a homeless man (a Pauper)...that whoever would believe that he really is a Prince and accept his death (as payment for the things they have done wrong),  they would not lose themselves (die) but inherit the true riches (that  will never fade), and live forever with God...John 3:16

“The foxes have their dens, and the birds have their nests, but I, the Messiah (Jesus Christ) do not have a place to lay my head.”   Matthew 8:20

The Galaxy Cafe has “food for the soul,” and includes special features about musicians around the world. As time goes on, more artists will be added. During the holiday season, new articles, videos, and art will be  added. I hope you enjoy these pages. If there is something you would  like to see in this section, especially with regard to our troops and their families, please send us an email at support@desertsnow.org - thanks!

Play the song, “Eternity Beach”

As of September 16th, 2011 when the CD is released worldwide...

Play the song, “Bright Morning Star”

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Look for the following picture when the CD/DVD set is released on iTunes, CDBaby.com, and several other music outlets:

As of September 16, 2011:

The CD can be purchased on CDBaby.com - it is being sold in a DVD case as a 2-disk set. The CD has 12 songs, and the DVD has 3 of my animations - “River of Fire,” “SPIKE!” and “Glass Dawn - the demo reel.” Please note that they don’t tell you this on iTunes, etc.

The Silver Train

There is a silver train

Riding on the rails

Whizzing by everything

Over hill and vale

 

And on that train is a restaurant

With china and crystal glasses

And a young girl serves the food

As each place the train passes

 

And the young girl works with her Mom

And serves the travelers well

And she loves to work in the dining car

And ring the dinner bell

 

And every so often the train will stop

And a passenger will leave

And strange events unfold right then

And the girl sees people grieve...

 

"Please don't let them leave today,"

The passengers will cry,

But the conductor says, "It must take place,

But all will be well by and by..."

 

The young girl ends every day she works

With a story read by her Mom

And the two of them sit in their seat

Happy as they ride along...

 

And every morning the two get up

And start the coffee and fill the plates

With food and fruit and other delights

And sausage and eggs and pancakes

 

And one day someone else got off

Of the train - and it was someone she knew

And she peered out the window but all was fog

And through the glass you couldn't peer through

 

And the young girl asked the conductor

"Why can't I see where my friend went?"

And the conductor replied as she grabbed his arm,

"All their time on the train was spent."

 

That night the young girl leaned on her Mother

As the two sat together in their place

And the girl asked "Where did my friend go,"

And will I ever again see their face?"

 

Her Mother replied "When the fog surrounds us,

The train will stop for another person to leave,

And we can't see beyond the fog,

And those who lose someone will grieve...

 

"That is the way it is on the Silver Train,

No one ever gets on except when they are born,

No one ever gets off unless all their time is spent,

Though the fog and the mystery we may scorn...

 

When the fog is lifted and we reach our destination,

When our journey finally comes to an end,

We will see that the train carried us safely,

And all the travelers will be together again..."

 

And the young girl leaned on her Mother's arm

And went to sleep that night

She felt an inner peace and comfort

Knowing deep inside that her Mother was right.

 

The years went by and her Mother grew tired

And the girl, now grown, knew inside

That the train would stop and her Mother would leave

And she would no longer be there at her side

 

She asked her Mom, "How can I do the work alone?

How can I serve on the dining car,

How can I do this by myself,

With you away and so far?"

 

Her Mother didn't answer her questions this time

When the fog came she went out the door

And the girl couldn't follow - though crying so hard;

She knew she wouldn't see her Mom anymore...

 

And the train started moving again on the tracks

The girl couldn't see where her Mom went

The conductor was sorrowful for her broken heart

And said "I'm sorry, but all her time was spent."

 

The girl all alone now - felt desperate inside

She cried and cried and looked through the glass

Just like she had done all her life

From the time she was just a young lass

 

She felt all the burdens of working and serving

And couldn't see how she could run the dining car

Anymore by herself all alone in the day and night

She felt abandoned, like a wandering star...

 

She kept asking the conductor and begged him a lot

To explain why her Mother was gone

To explain why she couldn't see her anymore

And why this train ride was so long...

 

The conductor thought long and hard to answer her questions

It wasn't easy to explain or say

But the girl was persistent in her questioning of him

And he finally answered her one day -

 

"One day the train will come to its destination

And the fog will lift and be seen no more

And you will see your Mother

And your friends you care for

 

And you will see that the train was paid for

By the Life of God's only Son

And he brought you safely on the Silver Train

To eternal life's destination that He won.

And though you must serve now

On the dining car alone

He will take care of you

Till you reach your heavenly home..."

 

By Randy Stahla 

 

"Even to your old age I will be the same...and even to your graying years I will bear you. I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you."

 Isaiah 46:4

 

“The Silver Train” is a parable about losing the people you love, and waiting to see them again when you reach your final destination.

When you are growing up, you depend upon others who are older than you to give you strength, to give you a foundation that you learn to depend upon. But when they leave this life (i.e., get off of the “train,”), you may feel empty and abandoned, and that you can’t continue to carry all the responsibilities yourself.

Children depend upon their parents to be there for them, but when your parents are gone, it is really hard when you realize that you are the parent now - you are in charge.

When others leave the “train,” there is a lot of mystery, a lot of “fog” that keeps us from seeing beyond what we are familiar with in this life.

This poem is written for my cousin Dar and her family, who recently lost their Mother. Their Mother is gone, but their responsibilities and burdens are not.

This is the time in our lives when we learn to depend upon the Lord, who has promised to always be with us and help us in our need. We must ask him to fight our battles for us, the ones that are too big for us, that cannot be won by human strength and wisdom alone.

Dedicated to Dru Sjodin, Carl Mitchell Brown, Kayleah Wilson, Deputy Sam Brownlee, David Kellerman, Faith & Caitlin Kadlub, Lauren Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Philip Crouse, Lacy Miller, Devon Arnold, Nadia Barghelame, Stephanie Marsh, Samantha Spady, Rebecca Allen, Mark Kriebel, Adrienne Morgan, Chelsea King, Mike Parrott, Samara Stricklen, Erin Reed, Sierra Krizman, Walter Jennings, Jamison Rowland, Michelle Shreffler, Valerie McGregor, Sam Zawada, Justin Williamson, Matt Walling, Sarah Munger, Heather Nielsen, Sonja DeVries, Javad Marshall-Fields, Karla Mendoza-Gonzalez, Vivian Wolfe, David Earl Thornton, Brian Love, Adrian Heideman, Jesse Snow, Joel Meyer, Gina Zalunardo, Michelle Gluckman, Kris & Lilly Kueneman, Abdiel Sanchez, Stephen Bohler, Micah Villarreal, Kelly Young, Greg Wilmot, Chuck Scheller, Jared Kurtin, Taylor Webster, Amber Dubois, Tyler O'Neill, Linsey Norton, Tyler MacKenzie, Zuri & Isai Flores, Michael Preston, Catherine "Catey" Willcox, Mark Whitman, Zachariah Nelson, Laurel Erb, Jean & Scott Adam, Casey Korgan, Ross Higuchi, Amanda Gonzales, Bradley Larson, Donald E. Johnson, Sedrick Niblet, Elizabeth Smith, Monica Felver, Laura VanRyn, and others who have left this world, as well as their families and friends who miss them.

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