The Old Testament lessons in Lent review, compare and contrast the covenants God has made with the human family in general, Israel in particular. For the Second Sunday in Lent (March 4) The first covenant, with Noah and “all flesh on earth,” has a rainbow as God’s pledge never to destroy the earth and its living beings. Even now the rainbow continues to serve as a symbol of hope, imagination and great dreams. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, sung by Israel “IZ” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole
He became famous outside Hawaii when his album Facing Future was released in 1993. His medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” was subsequently featured in several films, television programs, and television advertisement commercials.
Through his ukulele playing and incorporation of other genres (such as jazz and reggae), Kamakawiwoʻole remains a very large influence in Hawaiian music. Throughout his life, Kamakawiwoʻole was obese and at one point weighed 757 pounds. He endured several hospitalizations because of problems caused by his weight. Beset with respiratory and other medical problems, he died in Queen’s Medical Center at on June 26, 1997.
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