"Dad, do you believe that everything is divinely planned?" That was the question my son asked me that kicked this song into being. I looked at him and told him that I didn't. When he asked why, I told him that if that was the case, our choices wouldn't matter. After all, if EVERYTHING was pre-determined, how could we be held accountable for our sins? How could we be held to task for anything we did? A choice means we choose. It doesn't mean that it was chosen for us. He agreed with me. "You're right," he said. I didn't know I was being tested but I was glad I was passing.
He started again. "So do you believe that everything is just chaos?" Again, I told him I didn't. There was never a time when I could look out at the world and see anything other than a pattern. Everything just flowed so perfectly. There was an apparent design to the way the world worked so well together. Again, he agreed. "You're right". He then said, "I think the answer is somewhere in between and I think that's where G!d is." My Rabbi.
I thought a lot about that conversation and sat down to write what would become the beginning of most prayer services I lead on the road. I wanted to focus on the idea that it's an absolute miracle that we are in this lifetime together. This time, full of our free-willed choices, given to us by the One above. We share this opportunity to discover and build and do more good. It's a beautiful thing and I want to meet as many of my fellow travelers as possible before I go.
If there is a divine plan for our time together, I believe it is us. We are the plan. Everything was laid out for us and now we have to decide what we're going to do next. I'm thankful to be sharing this life with so many good people.
So let's take the time to sing songs of praise for all that God has done for us and for the world around us. It was given to us and we to it.
Here is a little video of the tune:
You can find the studio version on our new album, Back From Babylon! It's available here in the shop or to stream everywhere online. If you use Spotify, here is a quick and easy link for you: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0R3ftwnaOmtAE1bNm93IJv?si=ZNaS3lldT0eArd5_Xp6t6g
Thank you so much for all the support of the years! We're getting back into the full swing of things soon and I can't wait to see you on the road.