By Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults
I have recently completed a Bible study in I Samuel. During my preparation for leading this series, I poured over the ancient stories of Samuel, the prophet, and of Saul, Israel’s first king. I re-visited the stories of young David and his friendship with Jonathan, and stories of David’s complicated relationship with King Saul, Jonathan’s father. Now I am preparing for a retreat this month with the senior adults entitled, Biblical Themes in Modern Media. With the narratives from I Samuel in my recent memory, I could not help but think of the iconic song, “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Cohen is known for using biblical imagery in his dark lyrics. In the song, “Hallelujah” (recently popularized in the soundtrack from the movie, Shrek) Cohen refers to King David and his sin with Bathsheba. The song is open for interpretation, but to me it represents our praise to the Lord, even in a tone of lament. In other words, I believe that Cohen is affirming that we can praise the Lord in spite of our brokenness and our
At the age of 74, Cohen toured the world, beginning in Canada and concluding in Australia, performing three hundred and eighty shows over five years (2008-2013). Now, Leonard Cohen is 82 years old, and he is still writing music and recording. In fact, he has just released a new album entitled, You Want it Darker? Leonard Cohen is not someone I listen to frequently, as his style is somewhat morbid, but I must admire him for his persistence in his craft. There is within his heart a melody . . . still, and a desire to share his gift with the world. As I write these words, I am aware that my audience is primarily the senior adults at Marietta FUMC, and I want to encourage each of you to keep sharing your gift with the world, just like Leonard Cohen.