at this season of winter solstice, with the north pole angled at it’s max distance from the sun, it seems fitting to write about darkness & light. over the next few months, the earth’s axis gradually bends toward the sun; a very fitting description for my song, “what’s true.” (#9). it’s the shortest day of the year, however, here in Pittsburgh it’s currently 56 degrees. not complaining. outside is where it’s at today 🙂
this song isn’t about shipwreck, it’s about salvage, it’s about turning toward the Other, toward Creator, toward Divine, toward healing, toward forgiveness, or whatever source one considers to be light/beauty. The irony of this idea is that the light source is already there, always there, it’s just a matter of turning toward it, hence, the lyric, “certainly you’d find in me what’s true”, recognizes that we are already known. I wanted to keep with the water theme on the CD, so instead of earth’s rotational axis, I chose to dedicate this song to the Pool of Bethesda (house of grace, house of mercy) and the archeological find, Sea Henge.The claim is that miracles occurred in the bath waters of the Pool of Bethesda when the WATER WAS STIRRED UP. The Bible accounts for a miracle that Jesus performs at the Pool of Bethesda (John 5), and some claim the waters themself healed persons. This “stirred up” water may have been bubbling from a natural spring (see Western and Caesarean recensions), though some 2nd Western translations and some 4th century Greek Fathers versions held an additional verse that stated that an angel arrived at the pool and the water was “stirred up.” Healing occurred when a person was the first to get into the “stirred up” water.(see footnotes in The New American Bible, (1987), Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers. John 5:1-9). These stirred up waters were the waters of the shipwreck for me.
Here’s a great, few minute long video about Sea Henge. For more photos, check here.
I found it very beautiful that discovering Sea Henge became a pursuit of meaning for the archeologists. It’s believed to have (possibly) had ritualistic/religious purpose, and archeologists have even been able to say that the trees were chopped down with bronze axes. I don’t know, maybe I’m just too romantic, but this seems like something worth turning toward- learning more about yourself, more about the Other, to uncover its meaning while discovering its truth.