A ‘troubled’ break in the Pause

Is this love the trouble you promised? ― Tracy K. Smith

I’m not re-starting posting yet, but after I heard this song I felt compelled to share it! I am a huge fan of The Petersons, an American roots music band based out of Branson, Missouri. I came across their version of Wade in the Water and it blew me up!

This negro spiritual originally grew, as one of the “Songs of Sorrow,” from the experience of slaves escaping through any body of water that would hide their scent from search dogs. It also draws on biblical imagery taken from the King James Bible translation of John 5:4:

For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

The troubled waters that Jesus approaches are also healing waters, an emblem of how the God of Exodus works in and through the hardships of life to work his most profound acts of liberation. There, as in the waters of Baptism, our Crucified God makes us whole, if we let him.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. — John 16:33

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