Our Catch today is a song I’d liked you to hear and think about. It’s by Joan Baez. She didn’t write it but I must assume that because she is singing it she must believe at least most of it. I do too — most of it.
The final verse is a little ambiguous, but I can accept that as part of the dialogue of an open mind that we must have in order to walk alongside another soul who is searching and listen for where they are at.
As Christians, it is easy for us to get very dogmatic and insist that everyone believe exactly the same way we believe. But that’s not realistic, nor does it allow for the process we all must go through to come to faith. Remember the man who prayed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Isn’t there a little bit of that in all of us?
I look forward to your comments.
[Warning: If you don’t like Joan because of her politics please don’t let that interfere. Her political views have nothing to do with this song or why I want you to hear it.]
Click here for Joan Baez singing “God is God” by Steve Earle
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 traveled 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, of my little understanding, don’t care what name I call.
Whether or not I believe doesn’t matter at all.
I receive the blessings.
And 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.