Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-Changes
Don’t want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
(Turn and face the strain)
Ch-ch-Changes
Just gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

Anyone remember these lyrics?  David Bowie.  1972 was the year.  It’s a song about identity…recognizing who you are…and (perhaps more so), who you don’t want to be. 

Turning and facing the strain is exactly the movement Jesus takes this Sunday, March 6th,  in our Transfiguration story.  Jesus goes up a mountain, revealing the changing face of glory to a few disciples, only to come back down again.  To the people.  And to the cross.

The David Bowie song is almost forty years old [sidenote to readers:  how can that be!?!?].  And yet I still hear it, often, on the radio today.  This song is rated as #127 in the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.  I guess we are still seeking to understand our own changes in life. 

God of ch-ch-ch-changes: change us, too.  Amen.

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