Shine on me, shine on me

Now, a wee spiritual exercise for you all – take a song and teach it to pray.

Let’s have a go at Take That’s glorious latest one, Shine. Take it and listen to it and imagine that it was written as a dialogue between the soul and God. Your job is to work out who is speaking to whom at each point.

You can find Shine on Youtube here. Lyrics are here. (If you are in Blighty, you can also hear it on all the Morrisons’ adverts).

Hey, let me know you
You’re all that matters to me
Hey, let me show you
You’re all that matters to me.

So come on, get it on
Don’t know what you’re waiting for
Your time is coming don’t be late, hey hey
So come on
See the light on your face
Let it shine
Just let it shine
Let it shine.

Quite a few of the lyrics remind me of things that I sang in Sunday School many years ago. (I’ve a feeling that Dale Carnegie was as influential on some Sunday School teachers as Jesus for we were all H. A. P. P. Y. all the time in marked contrast to reality).

Now, back to that Take That song. Off you go. Listen to the words and see what you can work out. You’ll be acting in the company of John of the Cross and countless other saints and angels who have muddled up the songs of the streets with the songs of heaven. Do it now. The idea of all of you bopping along to Take That makes me feel good and makes God want to smile, smile, smile. Those of you in the cheaper seats clap your hands – those seated on thrones can rattle your pectoral crosses.

Enjoy the video. We’ll do the spirituality of Buzby Berkeley later.

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