God is God
I have just been to a weekend meeting called Synod, which is basically about the running of the Uniting Church in WA, where our priority’s lie, and how we support one another. It was actually pretty good, lots of discussion and ways we can continue be a presence in the community for peace, justice and reconciliation. To be Jesus followers in a world which isn’t sometimes interested. Of course it is also about budgets and rules and …..
But the best part is connecting again with those who are trying to make a difference, both inside and outside the church. I had a chat to one young man, about how we can get a message of hope to a world sadly devoid of it. I talked about my blog, that I use it as a way of sharing both little things and big things, both things that are happening in my life and things that are happening around me and in the world. I use it as a way to reflect and understand the God I truly believe is found in the midst of life. He was reasonably impressed that a person my age could be so computer savvy! But he suggested I should post more often, share my thoughts more often.,
So that is what I am going to do! If you can stand it!
The other night I was watching Q and A. Most of it was about the new prime minister, the rights and wrongs of changing a first team leader, and what Malcolm (everyone seemed to be his friend) was or wasn’t going to do.
But there was also Joan Baez, a singer songwriter from the protest years of the 60s in America, but still singing and writing the most beautiful poetic songs. Her voice lingers on in the memory.
The final question of the night was about hope, and with all the terrible things going on in the world today, did she still had hope. The questioner actually asked, “Whether deep in her heart did she feel that we can still overcome (alluding to one of the great protest songs of the 60s, which was also a gospel song)”
Her answer was beautiful (I probably have paraphrased slightly here),
“We live it a time of little victories and big defeats. We are now seeing a massive defeat. But every little victory, every little decent thing we do, makes a difference. Every little bit of the things young and old people do for others counts now more than ever. We will have a time when we are together, but we are in a mean time now and how we behave in this time will reflect in our future”
She closed the show with a song by Steve Earle, called “God is God”.
I was blown away by the song, so I chased up the lyrics and have also included a YouTube video…
I believe that as a church we should be singing these sorts of songs, because they touch the heart and soul of each one of us, and give us hope to act in the world, with God. We have to believe it is the small victories that will lead to change. Joan did, and does.
These should be the hymns of our day!
So as the song says…
“God Is God”
I believe in prophecy. Some folks see things not everybody can see.
And, once in a while, they pass the secret along to you and me.
And I believe in miracles. Something sacred burning in every bush and tree.
We can all learn to sing the songs the angels sing.
Yeah, I believe in God, and God ain’t me.
I’ve travelled around the world, Stood on mighty mountains and gazed across the wilderness.
Never seen a line in the sand or a diamond in the dust. And as our fate unfurls,
Every day that passes I’m sure about a little bit less.
Even my money keeps telling me it’s God I need to trust.
And I believe in God, but God ain’t us.
God, in my little understanding, don’t care what name I call.
Whether or not I believe doesn’t matter at all. I receive the blessings.
That every day on Earth’s another chance to get it right.
Let this little light of mine shine and rage against the night.
Just another lesson
Maybe someone’s watching and wondering what I got.
Maybe this is why I’m here on Earth, and maybe not.
But I believe in God, and God is God.