The world can seem like a pretty crazy place.
A car plows into a crowd near the Parliament building in London. The future of health care in our country is up in the air. Jewish organizations, including in Indianapolis, are receiving bomb threats. North Korea, Russia, Syria, Iran…can seem complicated and potentially dangerous.
Certain songs have become my touchstones for times when I’m feeling discouraged about the state of the world. One is a David Wilcox song called Show the Way, which also feels rather Lent-ish to me. It begins:
You say you see no hope
You say you see no reason we should dream
That the world would ever change
You're saying love is foolish to believe
'Cause there'll always be some crazy
With an army or a knife
To wake you from your day dream
Put the fear back in your life
Look, if someone wrote a play just to glorify
What's stronger than hate
Would they not arrange the stage
To look as if the hero came too late?
As if he's almost in defeat
So it's looking like the evil side will win
So on the edge of every seat
From the moment that the whole thing begins, it has been
Love that mixed the mortar
And it's love that stacked these stones
And it's love that made the stage here
And made it feel like we're alone
In this scene set in shadow
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's love that wrote the play
I hope to see you on Sunday to renew our confidence in the love that wrote the play that is our lives.
P.S. You can listen to this song at :