"Rise up this morning
Smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
'Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing’s gonna be all right...''"
It gives me the greatest and highest pleasure to open my blog with these eternal and priceless words of the psalmist and prophet the Honorable Robert Nesta Marley, Bob Marley to most of the world.
In another one of his songs, Bob Marley wailed: So much trouble in the world… We do live in troubled times, but I am convinced that what we need to hear more than ever is that still small voice that reminds us that "every little thing’s gonna be all right."
These poetic words are a drumbeat refrain to the book of Genesis: and God saw that it was good.
To believe and know that it is all good is the greatest good. For me, it is this belief and this hope that has kept humanity alive and will for years and years to come.
I invite you to sit with another melodious rendition coming from the 14th century mystic, Julian of Norwich:
All shall be well
And all shall be well
And all manner of things shall be well
And if as if to prove the importance of these words listen to T.S. Eliot (whom I believe is a 20th century mystic):
We shall not cease from exploration
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
Here is where things get complicated: we are called as roses to trust the fire. Only when we roses trust the fire, only then will all be well and everything all right.
Behold the economy, the war, the crime, the struggle, the divisions, the hurt, the misunderstanding, the sin, the brokenness and the hurt…Behold the promise, behold the prophecy: every thing will be all right.
In the fullness of time all shall know that everything, every little thing is gonna be all right. Selah. Next blog: the poetry of William Stafford.