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This is a part of my son’s blog from the 22nd (The Path of Grace). It just kind of made me go still and reflect. He was responding to all the media stories about which movie stars, etc., had died in 2016. Needless to say they will only be a footnote in the great scheme of things. I thought it important to post part of it here.

000aleppoFifty years ago, in 1966, Simon and Garfunkel recorded a song called “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night.” As the folk duo sang the sweet melody of “Silent Night” in the background, a newscaster read recent headlines. Among them were:

• The fight over housing discrimination in the Civil Rights Act
• The death of comedian Lenny Bruce from a drug overdose
• Police and National Guard troops being called to a protest by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
• A serial killer in Chicago
• The House “Un-american Activities Committee” investigating anti Vietnam protests
• Richard Nixon promising at least 5 more years of the Vietnam war.

If this song were to be redone with today’s headlines, what headlines might be in there?

• The slaughter of innocent people, including children, in Aleppo?
• Future congressional hearings into Russia’s influence into the election?
• Refugees drowning while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea?
• The new president promising to build more nuclear bombs?
• A new wave of white supremacists and their destruction of lives and property?
• Young black men being killed by police officers and the unrest that follows?

Yeah, any of those and more.

I don’t want to be a downer here before Christmas, but many of us will spend time seriously reflecting on 2016 over the next week or so, and I think we need to remember more than just the famous folk who have passed. I believe that it’s important, as we look back on 2016, to reflect and then decide what kind of world we want to have in 2017 and then work to make it so. Lord willing, things will be better for a lot of people, but we’ll see.

Here’s the original song by Simon and Garfunkel. Take a listen. It’s haunting.


Picture Source: About Life And Love