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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

show the way

There is hardly space or time here to address theodicy (the problem of evil), nor do I claim to have all the answers. But, I wanted to share one set of thoughts on the problem of evil that is meaningful to me. It is a song by one of my favorite folk musicians, David Wilcox, called "Show the Way." David is not an outspoken Christian, but he is a deep thinker and, I believe, a man of quiet Christian faith. Consider his powerful song as you struggle with the weighty things of this world.

You say you see no hope,

You say you see no reason we should dream

that the world would ever change
You're saying love is foolish to believe
'Cause there'll always be some crazy with an army or a knife
To wake you from your day dream, put the fear back in your life...

Look, if someone wrote a play just to glorify what's stronger than hate,

Would they not arrange the stage to look as if the hero came too late?

He's almost in defeat… it's looking like the evil side will win,

So on the edge of every seat, from the moment that the whole thing begins…

It is Love who makes the mortar
And it's love who stacked these stones
And it's love who made the stage here
Although it looks like we're alone
In this scene set in shadows
Like the night is here to stay
There is evil cast around us
But it's love that wrote the play...
For in this darkness love can show the way.

So now the stage is set.

You feel you own heart beating in your chest.

This life's not over yet, so we get up on our feet and do our best.

We play against the fear.

We play against the reasons not to try
We're playing for the tears burning in the happy angel's eyes,

For it is Love….

Listen here: http://www.archive.org/details/DavidWilcoxShowtheWay

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