This song has been one of my musical prayers of late. It wrestles beautifully with the nature of evil, love and healing and what is God and what is human and where the hope and action come in.
Here’s a link to a youtube video someone made using the song if you’d like to listen to it. Or check it out on iTunes.
I Heard An Owl
by Carrie Newcomer (on her 2002 CD “The Gathering of Spirits”)
I heard an owl call last night
Homeless and confused
I stood naked and bewildered
By the evil people do
Up upon a hill there is a terrible sign
That tells the story of what darkness waits
When we leave the light behind.
Don’t tell me hate is ever right or God’s will
These are the wheels we put in motion ourselves
The whole world weeps and is weeping still
Though shaken I still believe
The best of what we all can be
The only peace this world will know
Can only come from love.
I am a voice calling out
Across the great divide
I am only one person
That feels they have to try
The questions fall like trees or dust
Rise like prayers above
But the only word is “Courage”
And the only answer “Love”
Light every candle that you can
We need some light to see
In the face of deepest loss
Treat each other tenderly
The arms of God will gather in
Each sparrow that falls
But makes no separation
Just fiercely loves us all.
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Did you visit Swendenborg Study Center Church of the Holy City when you were in Washington DC?
I did. I enjoyed a book study gathering with them and also preached for a Sunday worship service. What a beautiful space with a rich history!