Is it well with my son?

Is it well with my son?

This past Sunday evening Mike Koop offered up a new song based on the reading 2 Samuel 18:5-15, 31-33. Accompanied by Charles Garinger on bass and vocals, Larry Campbell on percussion and vocals, and Davis Plett on electric guitar, Mike gave voice to David’s agony over the death of his rebel son Absalom. It really worked as a kind of commentary on the sermon, which explored the strained relationship between a father and his son.

The image on this post is a detail from Marc Chagall’s painting “David and Absalom”.

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Is it well with my son

Is it well with my son Absalom?

Is it well with my son

Is it well with my son Absalom?

(Said the Cushite:)

“May your enemies my King

and all who’d do you harm

be cut down without mercy

like Absalom.”

Is it well with my son

Is it well with my son Absalom?

Is it well with my son

Is it well with my son Absalom?

(King David, weeping and alone:)

O my dearest child

how I wish I’d been the one

pierced upon that tree

O my Absalom

(words and music by Mike Koop)

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