Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Someone to watch over me

With thanks to the Gershwin bothers, I want to share some of what I think are very resonant lyrics:

There’s a saying old, says that love is blind
Still we’re often told, "seek and ye shall find"
So I’m going to seek a certain lad I’ve had in mind

Looking everywhere, haven’t found him yet
He’s the big affair I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret

OK, it’s a little cute, and it doesn’t pretend to be about anything but a Worldly romance. But think about it: doesn’t it capture a longing we all feel – for the loving eyes of God watching over us, in good moments and bad. The loving glance that lights our world when it is present and leaves us in such darkness when we can't see it. . . .

Although Christmas has officially ended for this year, let's try to remember Jimmy's Chirstmas Eve admonition to "follow the Star." To that end, let me offer a reminder of the AM Radio version of the Kings’ discovery in the Manger:

I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Love is all around me
And so the feeling grows
It's written on the wind
It's everywhere I go, oh yes it is

For those of you who remember it, the tune that goes with these words is definitely one of those sticky, icky things that just won’t leave your head. But maybe that’s a really good thing, if we can just remember that we are talking about the real Love that pervades the Kingdom and can envelop us any time we remember to open ourselves to let it in.

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