Gary Barlow and Job were born in very different times and cultures; both speak to us today:
Gary, Job and many today face death and live with bereavement:
Gary describes the death of his fourth child, Poppy, stillborn at full term.
‘There’s no sadder sight than seeing a mum with a dead baby in her arms, willing it back to life with all her being.’
Job loses his children, possessions and health in a series of catastrophes. Job holds on to his faith:
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised’
Gary, Job and many today face and suffer from mental ill-health:
Gary writes of his depression and eating disorder:
‘…Food was an enemy that made me feel bad about myself, made me big, made me angry, made me so many things I didn’t want to be… ’
Job tries to make sense of life: ‘Shall we accept good from God and not trouble?’
He sits in silence with visiting friends for seven days and then explodes, ‘May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, ‘A boy is born!’…may it turn to darkness.’
Gary, Job and many today seek for answers and truth
Many years after his acrimonious falling out with Robbie Williams both return wiser and much more open. Together they write:
Well there’s three versions of this story mine, yours and then the truth
And we can put it down to circumstance, our childhood, then our youth
Job suffers and constantly asks ‘why?’ His only answer is that he doesn’t understand God: ‘Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.’
Job is left with unanswered questions but a deeper faith in his God.
‘A Better Me’ by Gary Barlow describes his singing career, the highs and lows of ‘Take That’, his long and loving relationship with his wife Dawn and his family life.
‘Shame’ – song by Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams
Job – I have used extracts from chapters 1-3 and then Chapter 42