As I listened to Joe Carter perform sorrow songs and explain the stories behind them, Iappreciated how well this history is captured in spirituals. This music isn’t the blues,stuck in despair, but musical code and encouragement similar to the book of Revelation. Not being black, Ididn’t at first identify with it on a personal level, but what Joe said next,made it extremelypersonal. These sorrow songs told about finding life and hope within a harsh, inescapablereality. My own reality is that I lost my vision as a child. IN a sense, I am a slave,because there was no escape from my blindness. During the past fifty four years, my path ledme through sorrow, pain, titanic struggles, a masters’ degree in mathematics, a beautifulwife, two sons, careers in aerospace and the computer industry, and retirement. Lookingback, I know that I was in those sorrow songs too. I was forced to adapt and try to find ablessing in the midst of tragedy. Ultimately , we will all sing those songs. Thank you JoeCarter.NOTE: My screen reading software didn't let me deal effectively with the above permissions radio buttons for permission to share these thoughts. So, I don't know how they are set, but I do give permission.Neither did my screen reader let me set the combo box about how regular my practice is It is very regular.
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