Humility, Humanity and Hope

Coronavirus and continuing health concerns keep us humble. Those who pride themselves in being strong face vulnerabilities and anxieties. Life beyond our control.

Tim Farron writes: ‘I, too, have had to admit human frailty, being knocked sideways for a couple of weeks by what was almost certainly a bout of Covid-19…

This is all a far cry from the image we are used to presenting to one another. We are accustomed to showing people an image of ourselves that we have carefully created and curated…

We can choose to be more honest about who we are; to reveal more of our humanity behind the public facade. We have the chance to be a little less concerned with showing a brave and perfect face to the world, and more ready to admit the challenges and struggles we are all facing together…’

‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations reminds me:

We shall overcome, we shall overcome
We shall overcome, some day
Oh, deep in my heart I do believe
We shall overcome, some day

This anthem has sustained many through struggle. It has been sung across the world, bringing encouragement, determination, strength and unity.

It started as an African-American spiritual, sung by slaves in the fields. From the chains of slavery there was hope.

A hundred years ago it was sung as a hymn in churches. In the 1940s it was sung by striking tobacco workers. In the 1960s it was adopted by the Civil Rights movement.

Martin Luther King quoted ‘We shall overcome’ in his final sermon, linking his hope to his faith:

‘With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.’

Ref:

Tim Farron, former Liberal Democrat leader, ‘How I’m sharing my faith during lockdown’. 1st June 2020 Premier Christianity

‘We shall Overcome’ has taken various forms over the years. The version that has become popular in recent years was written Guy Carawan & Pete Seeger (1959)

Martin Luther King – final sermon delivered in Memphis, Sunday March 31st 1968

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