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Friday, February 23 2001

Transcendent love

The statement that climaxed yesterday's entry was, "'Pop' music...I now realize, is a kind of spiritual confessional music. Though the diety confessed and professed in the songs is a human one, often it is couched in an 'under God' context," and I cited The Platters' "My Prayer" as an early example of how a pop song can provide that context. But my startling (to me) statement requires more elucidation than that statement gives. It's my position that though popular love songs "confess" and profess love for the human object of the song, the songs are rooted in a more primal love of man for God, or possibly more likely, a desire to feel the love of God to himself or herself.

A week or so ago in this series I said that the sad songs with a subtheme of triumphal hope and joy reflect the basic condition of humanity, at least in a biblical (also called Judeo-Christian) understanding. Man is alienated from God, but in that alienation he is also alienated from the very purpose for which he was created, to be a glorifier of God. The price of that alienation is death. The victory over death is resurrection and everlasting life in God's presence. But the victory is not easily won; death is still grievous and generally painful. So the best songs, the best "secular" pop music, alludes to the battle of life over death, sometimes directly, but more often and often better, by implication. The sadness of the song is acknowledgement of death; its joy is the celebration of daffodils' victory over frozen tundra (the New Testament uses a very similar metaphor for resurrection).

So you don't have to listen to K-Love (as the Christian music radio channels in my part of the country are called—is it "W-Love" east of the Mississippi?) to get the message, you who have ears to hear. It's all around us.

I've often wondered why my taste in music leans so strongly to "romantic" songs, when I know, in literature and movies the romance genre is as phony as a three-dollar bill. It's because the most authentic romance bespeaks the romance of God to humankind. The love of the love songs is unattainable, we all know, but yet it alludes to an even greater love and urges us on to believing in it despite our unbelief.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy

More "proof" of Professor Darwin's theory

I was in a car dealership when a brand new motor home was towed into the garage. The front of the vehicle was in dire need of repair and the whole thing generally looked like an extra in Twister. I asked the manager what had happened. He told me that the driver had set the cruise control, then went into the back to make a sandwich.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Winning

A few years ago, at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times, and began to cry.

The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and looked back. Then they all turned around and went back…every one of them. One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him and said, "This will make it better." Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.

Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why? Because, deep down, we know this one thing: What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down and changing our course.

If you pass this on, we may be able to change our hearts as well as someone else's.... "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." So what are you going to do? Pass it on, or delete it...?

Sent by Bob Kennedy
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