While driving to church last week, my husband and I were listening to a CD that included the song “I Shall Not Be Moved.” It’s an American folk song, probably dating back to the slave era. Nobody knows who wrote it, but over the years it’s been used by the labor and cilvil rights movements. In the 1930’s it was adapted by activists who changed the lyrics to “We Shall Not Be Moved, to reflect a collective voice of protest.
It is based on these verses from Jeremiah 17:7-8:
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
When we our faith is deeply rooted like this, we can relax and enjoy the good gifts of God. Listen and enjoy!
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