“Let me be a particle of light
Or just a breath of air
Let me be a cup of something cool
For somebody somewhere”
These were the words from Jason Harrod’s album Highliner that broke through to my soul this morning, as I listened while surmising the day ahead.
Chains is a song of struggle. Someone aware of their frailty, is seeking liberation from shallow distractions and gripping addiction to live a more productive life. It’s a song of salvation.
The surrender to something bigger is caught in these couplets. I cannot imagine that Harrod isn’t aware that he is paraphrasing something Bruce Cockburn sang thirty five years ago on Hills Of Morning but it is all the better for that!
“Particles of light” is a phrase that has become a mantra in my congregation of Fitzroy. As a community of faith we see ourselves as particles of light scattering out across the city after we pray the benediction over each other every Sunday morning.
How can we be particles of light in a wonderful and wounded city. Harrod’s prayer is a good one - “let me be a cup of something cool/for somebody somewhere”
Echoes of Jesus, in Matthew 25, telling us that those who follow him give the thirsty a drink among other ways to be light and breath.
JASON HARROD plays FITZROY WELCOME AREA on OCTOBER 1st (doors at 7)… £10