The revelatory apocalypse of Advent is happening all around us. Everywhere, worlds are ending in the quiet way the widow of Zarephath’s might have. The end is near — perpetually — for so many.
The song “Freedom is Coming” triumphantly declares a transformation that is both happening and not yet fully realized. As a freedom-song of the South African anti-apartheid movement, and eventually a freedom-song sung throughout the world, “Freedom is Coming” is all about helping people to imagine something that can be but isn’t yet.
There are some things you only get once they have happened to you. There are some teachings you just have to do before you can know. Some of the deepest truths can’t be merely talked about; they must be embodied. When have you had an experience like that? One that taught you something that a book just couldn’t quite get at? An experience that embodied a deep truth?