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And now for some Friday Music Therapy with The Brotherhood of Dobbie, doing one of those songs that spoke deeply to me the first time I ever heard it and speaks to me so deeply still that I will never get tired of hearing it and dancing to it when nobody’s watching or when they are.

“The Captain And Me”

Deep as a river, wide as the sea
Changin’ the ways of a captain and me
I could be happy, Lord, so then should he
If all of the universe unveiled itself to me
So then a day flows into night
Down the street the beggar man who finds himself in wine
If I am a good man and sure in all my ways
The captain of a starship that’s homeward bound today
Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day

A whisper, an answer, a cry in the night
Break down, turn around, a feeling of fright
The Indian, the Black Man, the Asian who see
A door that is opening, and they’re goin’ to be free

Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day

We are all acceptable, we are all a place in time
Moving through a passageway, bringing forth the end of time
Growin’, growin’, changin’ ev’ry day
Knowin’, showin’ all my worldly ways
Hear the chimes, hear how they ring
Marking time all through the day
Light the fire, start the day, mark the light that shows the way
Changing times of fortunes past, we will all be free at last

We are the people of the round about
We are the sails upon the sea
We’re gonna be there when ev’ry body laughs about
The way that we are changin’, you and me, yeah
We are the people of the round about
We are the sails upon the sea
We’re gonna be there when ev’ry body laughs about
The way that we are changin’, you and me, yeah
We are the people of the round about
We are the sails upon the sea
*Lyrics by Tom Johnston

And oh wait … here’s bonus therapy!

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To Know God, Know the Poor

When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest.

You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.

~ Leviticus 19: 9-10

The poor are not the problem: they are the result of all the problems the rich and super rich create.

I get so weary of the poor and powerless people being scapegoated and blamed for all the economic and social ills in America.

Almost every page of the Bible speaks to treating the poor and marginalized (including the aliens) with love and compassion.

If you want to know God — if you want to be transformed into the full image of God through the saving power of Jesus Christ — take time to know the poor and powerless.

Let go of your fear of the poor — they aren’t the people who wreck economies and markets around the world with the reckless manipulation of money in order to make (or try to make) big money.

Let your guard down.

Hear their stories.

Allow yourself to feel as vulnerable as that man, woman and child who struggles mightily every day just to survive.

Empty yourself of all your preconceived notions about the poor and vulnerable.

I noted in my book, The View From Down in Poordom: Reflections on Scriptures Addressing Poverty, that God himself/herself said that in order know God, we must know the poor.

God says it right here.

God said it.

I believe it.

That settles it.

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