The Simon and Garfunkel song “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, as sung here by the award-winning quintet VoicePlay, landed on my Facebook page this week. The words are simply about people being there for each other at times of trouble and need. Simon and Garfunkel acknowledge the influence of Gospel music in the writing of this song. Music rooted in communities of people going through difficult and oppressive times and finding faith and hope as they sang and shared life and love together.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? … I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(St Paul, Letter to the Romans, 8:35, 37)