We wanted to share this audio from worship on the 5th Sunday in Lent. We’ve been following our own alternate lectionary for this season, focussing on the psalms of lament, and this Sunday found us reading the whole of Psalm 88. As you might be aware, that is the one psalm that refuses to resolve. There is no closing expression of hope, and no cry that God’s justice be done. Instead, the psalm ends by speaking some rather despairing words to God: “You have caused friend and neighbour to shun me; and darkness is my only companion.”
It just made sense to us to sing one of the great songs from the tradition of the African-American slave church, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child”. The song shares with the psalmist some of that fearful despair, and yet through the music itself it lifts that despair and moves it toward something far more hopeful.
- To listen to the audio of the song, simply click the arrow:
As is always the case, this audio was recorded “live off the floor” on our little hand-held digital recorder, so is pretty raw… but that might be part of what makes this one work.