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Only One of Us

Many of us struggle with our “relationship” with God.  We realize that we are a part of God, yet we are confronted with many others who are also a part of God.  Some of them don’t seem to be much fun.

On this blog-podcast, we search for songs that seem to be from the Voice For God.  It is in some ways like the theme from the old TV program Joan of Arcadia.  Joan hears the Voice For God speaking through other, seemingly random people.  She doesn’t realize that The Voice is speaking to us all of the time, often through others.

The singer, Joan Osborne wondered about it in the theme for that show…

“Oh, one of these nights,
And About 12 o’clock,
This whole earth is gonna reel and rock,
Saints will tremble and cry for pain
For the Lord’s gonna come in his heaven airplane.

“If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to his face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?

Joan, God is home. It is us trying to get there.  We forget that we are already there, but, right now we have so many questions that we are tempted to ask God:

If God had a face what would it look like?
And would you want to see, if seeing meant
That you would have to believe in things like heaven
And in Jesus and the saints, and all the prophets?

And yeah, yeah, God is great
Yeah, yeah, God is good
yeah, yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?”
“One of Us” – Joan Osborne

The Holy Spirit doesn’t miss a chance to talk to us; we just have to be listening.  We might not have to believe in heaven, Jesus, the saints, or all the prophets, but we might first start believing in ourselves and each other, looking for God in all whom we meet, especially the hard ones.  The outer voice is very loud, but the still small voice inside must be listened for.

Therein lies the challenge and why I am grateful for singers and songwriters like Joan who hear and then write it down for all of us!

Cyndi Lauper was listening one day and wrote this wonderful song, “True Colors” sung here by Phil Collins:

“You with the sad eyes,
Don’t be discouraged.
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people.
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness inside you
Can make you feel so small.

But I see your true colors
Shining through.
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you.
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow.

Show me a smile then,
Don’t be unhappy.

Can’t remember when I last saw you laughing.
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear,
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there.

But I see your true colors
Shining through.
I see your true colors
And that’s why I love you.
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colors
True colors are beautiful,
Like a rainbow.”
“True Colors” – Phil Collins

God sees us as we are: beautiful!

According to many physicists, at our core, the atomic level, we are truly beings of light and energy. Some of us have learned to remove the blocks to Love and are able to glimpse this Loving Light that we are all made of. Next time you hear “True Colors,” remember that we are all made of divine colors. That is who we truly are. The music will help you remember.

 

Thanks to iTunes, Amazon and other sites, you can download the complete version of these wonderful songs by Joan Osborne, Phil Collins and Cyndi Lauper, so that you can be reminded, in a fun way, Who You Really Are!

***First published in 2011. The use of audio selections in the podcast are used here under <strong>”fair use” exemptions</strong>.” The purpose here is commentary and teaching, the works were published long ago, doesn’t use significant amounts, licensing and permissions were not available and their use has no adverse impact on the marketability of the music involved. The fragments used are identified to facilitate their purchase online.***

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