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I wonder how many of us at St. Andrews watched the Gershwin Awards in the middle of January. I’m sure that if you are not a country music fan you may well have skipped this program honoring Willie Nelson. He is a legend and has contributed significantly to aid for failing farms (Farm Aid) in this country and certainly touched numbers of people’s lives with his music.
One of the songs he performed with his two sons in that PBS program was one I had never heard – Living in the Promise Land. Do read the words thoughtfully. It makes a good meditation. And if you want to hear it – try YouTube – “Willie Nelson: Living in the Promised Land ~For my Opi” is one with pictures – not of Willie. This song was written by David Lynn Jones and first sung by Willie in 1986 but as Willie said earlier this year, “It seems to fit right now”.
We are called to serve, we are called to live and spread the Gospel.  Do we consciously live in the Promise Land or just dream of The Promised Land?
Living in the Promise Land
Written by David Lynn Jones
Give us your tired and weak  and we will make them strong.
Bring us your far off songs and we will sing along
Leave us your broken dreams. We’ll give them time to mend.
There’s still a lot of love, living in the Promise Land.
Living in the Promise Land, our dreams are made of steel.
The prayer of every man is to know how freedom feels.
There is a winding road across the shifting sand.
 And room for everyone living in the Promise Land
So they came from a distant isle, nameless woman, faithless child like a bad dream.
Until there was no room at all. No place to run, and no place to fall.
Give us your daily bread. We have no shoes to wear.
 No place to call our home Only this cross to bear
We are the multitudes. Lend us a helping hand.
 Is there no love anymore living in the Promise Land?
Living in the Promise Land, our dreams are made of steel.
The prayer of every man is to know how freedom feels.
There is a winding road across the shifting sand.
 And room for everyone living in the Promise Land
Amen
Pat Sheafor, Author