Thursday, June 9, 2011

"All those years ago..."

"I'm shouting all about love,
While they treated you like a dog..,
when you were the one
who had made it so clear
all those years ago.

I'm talking all about how to give...
but you point the way to the truth
when you say,
"All you need is love."

Living with good and bad,
I always look up to you...
Now we're left cold and sad...
by someone who offended all.

Were living in a bad dream.
They've forgotten all about mankind,
and you were the one they
backed up to the wall...
All those years ago
You were the one who imagined it all
All those years ago.

Deep in the darkest night
I send out a prayer to you.
Now in the world of light
where the spirit, free of the lies
and all else that we despised.

They've forgotten all about God.
He's the only reason we exist.
Yet you were the one
that they said was
so weird...
All those years ago

You said it all,
though not many had ears,
All those years ago
All those years ago...."

I don't know that I will have much to say about the above lyrics...they have left me speechless tonight.  I hope you read them before you listen to this video link to the song, "All Those Years Ago."

This George Harrison song, has been a part of my muiscal memory for decades now.  I have such a lovely memory of hearing his friend, Paul, singing it during an amazing Wings concert at Boulder's Folsom Field in the early nineties.  And though I love the song...and remember singing along...I don't think I'd ever thought about the message.  That was, until I read a small descriptive note that appeared with a friend's posting of the video on Facebook. 

The note explained that "All Those Years Ago," was George Harrison's tribute song to his Beatles bandmate and friend, John Lennon.  Well, now I was thoroughly interested.  I have a particular soft spot for George, and the rest of the boys from Liverpool.  But as I listened to this song, I could almost imagine John, the disciple, singing this to Jesus, and it gave me chills. 

It reminded me of Mary Baker Eddy's statement:

"To suppose that persecution for righteousness' sake belongs to the past, and that Christianity to-day is at peace with the world because it is honored by sects and societies, is to mistake the very nature of religion. Error repeats itself.  The trials encountered by prophet, disciple, and apostle, 'of whom the world was not worthy,' await, in some form, every pioneer of truth."

I know that not everyone, who reads this post, may think that John Lennon, was a pioneer of truth...but, that 's not the point of this piece anyway.  Its purpose is to express gratitude for each experience of fellowship, brotherhood, friendship, and sisterhood, that every "pioneers of truth," throughout history, has known.  I am so grateful that Jesus had John...and Mary, that David had Jonathon, Paul had Silas, Mary Baker Eddy had Calvin, John had George, Paul, and Ringo... oh my goodness, so many wonderful examples of love, that it fills me to the point of overflowing tonight.  To think that their journeys were not without kindness, warmth, companionship, understanding, and fellowship...makes me weep.

It's something I'm thinking about as I walk my own journey with profoundly inspired thought pioneers.  If I am seeing each of my brothers and sisters as the Christ presence in my life...and in the world, I have to ask myself, "Am I
being that friend, or sister, who observes, records, brings warmth, extends encouragement, comforts, defends, loves...beholds....their promise?"

This is the question I am in tonight...



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