The Whole of the Moon

“I wandered out in the world for years
While you just stayed in your room
I saw the crescent
But you saw the whole of the moon”

The Waterboys, The Whole of the Moon

Staying at home during these dark days of the coronavirus lock-down I was reminded of these lines from an old song of the Waterboys. I had always found this song, and the whole This is the Sea album, quite spiritually uplifting.

Last week, in my ‘virtual’ Bible study over the internet we were reading the strange story of Elisha’s servant in II Kings 6. When they were surrounded at Dothan by the Syrians, who had come to capture the prophet, Elisha prays for his servant: “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes that he may see” and then suddenly he saw the heavenly hosts of chariots of fire protecting them and outnumbering even the Syrians. “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.”

We pray that at these difficult times we may see the situation from God’s perspective – and be encouraged, knowing God’s unfailing love for us and those around us. Material, physical circumstances are obviously important but there is more to life. As with this song from the Waterboys what might appear to be a dusty valley could be Brigadoon.

“I saw the rain dirty valley
You saw Brigadoon
I saw the crescent
But you saw the whole of the moon”

So I would like to offer this song as part of our Lenten meditations on works of art that have given us some spiritual inspiration. Something to listen to while we stay in our rooms. Keep safe!

Mark Palframan


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