Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"We Move (Version II)"

A while ago Sara wrote a song called "We Move." It's about realizing that an incarnational God emerges along with us - and we emerge through God. Therefore the lyrics are about a God who is dynamic, changing, relational, etc. Ultimately the song seeks to show how a static, unchanging theology harms people and is inappropriate for an incarnational understanding of God. The song also seeks to demonstrate how a fluid, emerging theology holds much healing potential and is more faithful to the incarnational God made know through Jesus Christ. To do this, the song uses the image of God as a flowing river instead of an unchanging rock. Check it out here.

After reading Laurel Schneider's book Beyond Monotheism (for TT) and checking out the Queermergent website (for fun), we were inspired to write new lyrics for this song. We're calling it, "We Move (Version II)." Mediums such as music can help make great academic theology, like that of Schneider's, more practical and visceral for a wider audience. So, this song is our attempt at that very goal. The following are the lyrics:

"We Move (Version II)"

She doesn't know where she can go
Feels like a man, so she never feels whole
Her church friends listen, but they just don't know
So the anger and shame just continues to grow

She knows there must be another way
‘cause she’s still got a song to sing
If only she knew God was more than a rock
To whom she’s trying to cling

No-one can hold a stone that long
It’s a game she’s bound to lose
Not an unchanging stone, sister,
You’re not alone
God’s the river through whom you move

He doesn’t know where he can go
Family knows he's gay so he can't go home
Note’s been written and the city’s below
It’d be so easy to jump, but he just doesn’t know

He knows there must be another way
‘cause he’s still got a song to sing
If only he knew God was more than a rock
To whom he’s trying to cling

No-one can hold a stone that long
It’s a game he’s bound to lose
Not an unchanging stone, brother,
You’re not alone
God’s the river through whom you move

No-one’s saying it’s easy; most times it’s hard
And “just one more day” can seem so very far
But whoever saw a river without any turns
So it seems like we’ve all got so much to learn
There will be twists and there will be bends
An invitation to the beach, God to us extends

They just don’t know where they can go
Trying to adopt, but it's a two woman home
Social worker calls, they can't adopt a son
His room sits empty 'cause the state says “no”
Now two mother's dreams are dashed, tears starting to flow

But they know tomorrow’s another day
And they’ve still got songs to sing
They know that God is so much more than a rock
To whom they used to cling

No-one can hold a stone that long
It’s a game we’re bound to lose
So let it be known
that we are not alone
And God’s the river through whom we move

God’s the river through whom we move

No comments:

Post a Comment