• lenten journal: seasons

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    Maybe it’s not exactly the right word, but I was well into my thoughts for tonight when I realized I had already used weather; seasons will have to do. We have had a couple of early spring days here on the Shoreline, and it set me to thinking of songs about wind and rain and so forth, many of which have offered me hope and comfort over the years. The first is Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) singing “The Wind.”

    I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul
    where I end up, well, I think God only really knows . . .

    Thunder shows up early in Emmylou Harris’ song of confession, “Prayer in Open D.”

    there’s a valley of sorrow in my soul
    and every night I hear the thunder roll
    like the sound of a distant gun
    over all the damage I have done . . .

    I suppose I could do a whole post on nothing but rain songs. Randy Newman’s “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today.”

    scarecrows dressed in the latest styles
    with frozen smiles to chase love away
    human kindness is overflowing
    and I think it’s going to rain today

    The Indigo Girls sing “The Wood Song” and what it takes to weather the storms of life.

    the thin horizon of a plan is almost clear
    my friends and I have had a tough time
    bruising our brains hard up against change
    all the old dogs and the magician

    now I see we’re in the boat in two-by-two’s
    only the heart that we have for a tool we could use
    and the very close quarters are hard to get used to
    love weighs the hull down with its weight

    Our next song to the seasons is from Tom Waits–“You Can Never Hold Back Spring.”

    you can never hold back spring
    You can be sure that I will never stop believing
    the blushing rose will climb
    spring ahead or fall behind
    winter dreams the same dream every time
    you can never hold back spring

    I had another song picked for our closing hymn, but all I could hear in my mind was

    winter spring summer or fall
    all you have to do is call
    and I’ll be there–
    you’ve got a friend

    Close your eyes and make it a prayer.

    Peace,
    Milton

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