Looking Forward…

…thoughtfully

There’s a road we’ve been travelin’
Lost so many on the way
But the riches will be plenty
Worth the price
The price we had to pay

‘Hairspray’* is set in Baltimore in 1962. It focuses on many issues of prejudice – particularly those of race and colour. It looks forward with hope, but recognises past problems of segregation and oppression.  

Coronavirus has made us re-evaluate what is important. Family, health, employment, community needs are all seen in a new light as we look to the future.

We look forward thoughtfully musing on past struggles and new priorities in an unknown and unpredictable future.

…thankfully

There’s a dream in the future
There’s a struggle that we have yet to win
And there’s pride in my heart
‘Cause I know where I’m going,
And I know where I’ve been,

‘I know where I’ve been’ is a positive song of hope. Despite past struggles we can be enthusiastic about exciting dreams and vision for the future.

Coronavirus has made us recognise things that we have no influence over at all. However we can have dreams in a future that we can influence and plan for.

We look forward thankfully musing on future opportunities, plans and hope.

…theologically

There’s a cry in the distance
It’s a voice that comes from deep within
There’s a cry asking why
I pray the answer’s up ahead,
‘Cause I know where I’ve been

This song raises deep questions of purpose, justice and hope.

Coronavirus has made us ask whether there is a loving God who is in control, who is aware of suffering and who has a plan. Repeated death statistics have focused our mind whether death is the end.

We look forward theologically, musing on God’s presence in this life and the hope of heaven.

P.S.

*’Hairspray’ is so relevant today. The 2002 stage show and 2007 film include the song ‘I know where I’ve Been’ by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman.

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