Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Songs for Lent #10 and #11: Paul Robeson and Odetta "Motherless Child"

This song has, since the first time I heard it (Paul Robeson singing), haunted me. Rooted of course in the black slave experience, it speaks universally to human suffering and sadness and loss. Lord, help me to cling to you in those moments I realize there is an end to myself, an inability for me to travel on from the place I'm at. Help me to rely on your strength, and the strength of those you've given me to love me, and to abide in you at the moments of absolute weariness.

Paul Robeson:

Odetta (w/ interesting European Jesus movie clips):

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