I Need to Wake Up
Here we are, moving into the tail end of the summer season. As we look forward to the beginning of a new school year and a change in the light and the weather, let's let music accompany our transition.
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Let's start off this week with a call to action. Melissa Etheridge won an Oscar for the song "I Need To Wake Up," her contribution to Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth, which documents the climate crisis as it was understood in the early 2000s. It's since had a sequel to update and recharge the movement. This song beautifully captures the moments of realization we can all relate to, even in matters unrelated to the climate crisis. Those moments when suddenly the eyes of our hearts are opened to something to which we'd been ignorant - willfully or not...they are at once heartbreaking and inspiring, terrifying and empowering, deflating and motivating. May we embrace these moments when they offer themselves, and perhaps this song will invigorate something in you today.
Have I been sleeping? I've been so still Afraid of crumbling Have I been careless? Dismissing all the distant rumblings Take me where I am supposed to be To comprehend the things that I can't see I need to move I need to wake up I need to change I need to shake up I need to speak out Something's got to break up I've been asleep And I need to wake up Now And as a child I danced like it was 1999 My dreams were wild The promise of this new world Would be mine Now I am throwing off the carelessness of youth To listen to an inconvenient truth I am not an island I am not alone I am my intentions Trapped here in this flesh and bone I want to change I need to shake up I need to speak out Oh, something's got to break up I've been asleep And I need to wake up Now
Be in the eyes of my soul, that I may see what really matters today.
We also pray for these, shared in worship this week:
For Joyce Erickson and her family, as daughter-in-law Bethany is near the end of her life
For Ken's sister-in-law Sue, who is living with dementia
Joy that Tom G's nephew Will came for a visit
For spending quality time with family
Even in our separation, God, help us to feel the deep delight of your love for all. Amen.