Whoopie Goldberg, Lauryn Hill, the Sacred Feminine, and faith renewed.

I was catching up on email, doing a zillion (and I mean A ZILLION) things that beg for my attention, and a song came on Pandora. It made me SO happy. Traditional lyrics that I know well, redone in contemporary ways. Hearing them summoned the absolute best aspects of my faith: deep melodies untarnished by harm, patriarchy, silencing; things that have chipped away at that well-learned and long-assumed bedrock.

But, in so doing, a diamond emerges. A faith that now invites me to new, more powerful, and beautiful, expansive spaces, the Sacred Feminine, and music that makes me smile…laugh…dance. Faith that makes me joyful.

Enjoy:

As I listened to this a second time, I wept. Something so beautiful about these lyrics. Truly, so feminine. Read them and see if you don’t agree.

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness
fill us with the light of day.

All thy works with joy surround thee,
earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
stars and angels sing around thee,
center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
flowery meadow, flashing sea,
chanting bird and flowing fountain,
call us to rejoice in thee.

Faith. Renewed. Forward motion. And embedded in text/lyric/melody that continues to speak, sing, touch. Sometimes, gratefully, it’s bigger than I am.

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    Nicki May 11, 2010 at

    Thanks for sharing, Ronna. I love this piece every since singing it in junior high. This rendition is beautiful.

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    Ronna Detrick May 11, 2010 at

    Summoned all kinds of emotion for me – and memory for you. I’m grateful, Nicki.

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    Renae C May 11, 2010 at

    The music carried me when nothing else could and helped faith continue to make sense when the spoken words only created confusion. Now, I find myself struggling with even the music, needing to put down some of the old. But finding the diamonds, the faith in the midst of the music, when the words can be re-purposed a bit, even in my head, feels like finding valuable treasure. I hadn’t thought about Sister Act in a long time, but what a perfect example.
    .-= Renae C´s last blog ..Motherhood – The Complete and Virtual Annihilation of Self =-.

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    Ronna Detrick May 11, 2010 at

    It totally caught me off guard, Renae. And then, listening to the lyrics, I was stunned by words that spoke…that communicated…the invited. And the movie? Haven’t watched it in years. ‘May mean a Blockbuster trip this weekend. :)

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    Deb Kirkeeide May 11, 2010 at

    For some reason just reading the words didn’t move me. But watching and listening to the video? I was moved to tears!
    This is how it should be sung – in the pure energy of joy and celebration!
    .-= Deb Kirkeeide´s last blog ..Happy Birthday ! =-.

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    Ronna Detrick May 11, 2010 at

    Watched first – moved. Read the words second – stunned. Now: can’t get it out of my head. :)

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    Lindsey May 11, 2010 at

    Always been one of my favorite hymns – hearing Lauryn sing it is amazing. Thank you!

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    Ronna Detrick May 11, 2010 at

    It never ceases to amaze me the power these old melodies/lyrics have over/in me. When I recognize such it reminds me of the power of early influences – things that may have seemed just songs, just words, just thoughts, mere whispers, but remain deeply ingrained within. The power of liturgy, ritual, art. Love that! Love when you are here, Lindsey.

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    Alisha May 11, 2010 at

    Ronna,
    I just happened to hear this song on the radio this past Sunday. It is by far my favorite rendition of this song. There is something about the energy and emotion in it that is moving; it always makes my eyes swell.
    .-= Alisha´s last blog ..52 Projects =-.

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    Ronna Detrick May 11, 2010 at

    ‘Totally with ya, Alisha!

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    Deb Owen May 11, 2010 at

    Love, love, LOVE Beethoven (and his 9th symphony especially).

    And have LOVED this version of it for years! Thanks for the reminder!
    Listening again and being joyful!
    Love!
    deb

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    Ronna Detrick May 11, 2010 at

    ‘Glad you’re joyful, Deb. A very good thing!

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