Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thanks: Day 11

I was up early this morning for a job meeting, and on the drive home, Bruce Springsteen's song "Jesus Was an Only Son" came up on shuffle. I will post the lyrics in a second but I wanted to mention why I'm thankful for this.

I'm thankful that through Bruce's collective experiences that such a powerful and imaginative song came about. The song is staggering in it's simplicity and overwhelming in it's intimacy.
Jesus was an only son
As he walked up Calvary Hill
His mother Mary walking beside him
In the path where his blood spilled
Jesus was an only son
In the hills of Nazareth
As he lay reading the Psalms of David
At his mother's feet

A mother prays, "Sleep tight, my child, sleep well

For I'll be at your side
That no shadow, no darkness, no tolling bell,
Shall pierce your dreams this night"

In the garden at Gethsemane

He prayed for the life he'd never live,
He beseeched his Heavenly Father to remove
The cup of death from his lips

Now there's a loss that can never be replaced,

A destination that can never be reached
A light you'll never find in another's face,
A sea whose distance cannot be breached

Well Jesus kissed his mother's hands

Whispered, "Mother, still your tears,
For remember the soul of the universe
Willed a world and it appeared 
You?

--Nick

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