You’ll never walk alone

I admit to being a bit stumped as to what to write today. I then recalled a film clip I’d see a few years ago of movie scenes set to the song “All you need is love”. I’d saved the link in my ‘Favourites’ at the time but found that it had expired when I clicked on it to share with you. A Google (other search engines are available!) search failed to turn it up, but I came across something similar by the same Producer, David Paul Kirkpatrick, set to the song ‘You’ll never walk alone’. The link is below if you wanted to watch the video, but I thought I’d use that theme for today’s reflection.

Perhaps the most well-known representation of the idea that we do not walk alone is the poem ‘Footprints in the sand’. I have found that people who perhaps would not profess an active Christian faith or any faith are familiar with the poem and find the words ‘lovely’, even if they do not draw actual comfort from them. ‘Footprints in the sand’ is overtly Christian. ‘You’ll never walk alone’ was written by Oscar Hammerstein for the musical Carousel and, although it has religious overtones, its context is rather about a loved one who has died walking with us. The point I want to make is that the secular can speak into the Christian, just as the Christian can speak into the secular. God is creativity and if something speaks to you of God and God’s action in the world, hang on to whatever it is and ponder upon it. Perhaps God is speaking to you through these words:

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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