Much like the world did thousands of years ago, mankind cries out for a savior. So far there is one candle lit on the Advent wreath, as we await our Redeemer. Wait a minute Frank, you say, I don’t believe in God. And yet you still yearn for something more than what you have experienced in this life so far, don’t you?
Is this all there is? To the strong go the spoils? And then what? Death. There must be another way, and of course there is. So we cry out for a deliverer, even when we mistakenly think that we can extricate ourselves from our troubles by ourselves.
Today then there are only three songs in this edition of Music for Mondays. Three artists all yearning for something, and all recognizing our need to look elsewhere for salvation. That and the fact that we need to do something about it. Embedded in these lyrics (with a little help from today’s readings) are the same prayers cried out by the children of Israel since the reign of the House of David came to an end:
CSNY, Woodstock. Because we’ve got to get ourselves back to the Garden.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
That he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
Seal, People Asking Why
“How do I get to where I’ve come from, now?How will I paint this garden I’ve destroyed, green? Can I get back to where I’ve come from?”
O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
Sheryl Crow, Out of Our Heads. “I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”
Psst. Good News…He came! Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.