“I'm looking for someone to change my life,
I'm looking for a miracle in my life
And if you could see what it's done to me,
To lose the love I knew,
Could safely lead me to
The land that I once knew,
To learn as we grow old
The secrets of our soul.”
The Moody Blues were one of those spiritual searcher bands of the late sixties and early seventies. I have heard Justin Hayward speak of how they were just young people asking questions about who they were and what the meaning of life was and how that that was a good thing. So it is; it is to be encouraged.
In the liner notes to the CD of Question Of Balance Hayward speaks of how Question was a protest song about the wars of the day but also a response to the breakdown of the sixties and the loss of the dream of the time. There is no doubt that this lyric shows a band reaching beyond what the hippy can achieve in the resources of humanity and seeking a transcendent power to bring the miracle that is recognised as crucial to some answer to our question of meaning and to our satisfaction of soul.
Right there in the middle of The Moody Blues, it appears, was a Christian faith in the life of their bass player John Lodge. In charismamag.com Lodge said, “"In the '60s we were all looking for something. If you did a gig you'd spend hours afterwards meeting people, talking about religion. I grew up through an evangelical church, and the more I talked to people, the more I realized all the things I'd learned at church were relevant--and what everyone was looking for. I was thinking, Just a moment, I think I've got that!
His words are proven in a later song on the same album as Question. I remember listening to Minstrel, down the years, and thinking that I could see Jesus in the words:
Listen to the one
Who sings of love.
Follow our friend,
Our wandering friend,
Listen to the one,
Who sings of love.
Everywhere love is around,
For Lodge, the answer to his band mate Justin Hayward’s Questions was the Jesus of his upbringing and continuing spiritual journey. Right in the middle of their questioning album there is a quiet answer.