‘cept I’m not calling it a a sermon.
I’ve been asked to lead a talk at the Unitarian Congregation of Saskatoon next Sunday. I’m recasting the talk I gave in Regina in February, “Growing up Godless: Strategies for the 21st Century Family.” This time around I’m hoping to make the service a little less-traditional, working in some music and group activities. Jerry has agreed to sing “The Circle Game” during the service, and I’m hoping to get people talking about ways to *make meaning* in their families through ceremony and ritual.
One part of the service I struggled with was finding hymns to accompany what I wanted to talk about and do. Thankfully there’s quite a range of songs to pick from, and I came across the song “Everything Possible” by Fred Small. I judged the song primarily by its lyrics, and even now I have a hard time reading them aloud without getting a bit choked up. Here they are:
We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved,
Washed the dishes and put them away
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight
At the end of your knockabout day
As the moon sets its sails to carry you to sleep
Over the midnight sea
I will sing you a song no one sang to me
May it keep you good company.
You can be anybody you want to be,
You can love whomever you will
You can travel any country where your heart leads
And know I will love you still
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around,
You can choose one special one
And the only measure of your words and your deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when you’re done.
There are girls who grow up strong and bold
There are boys quiet and kind
Some race on ahead, some follow behind
Some go in their own way and time
Some women love women, some men love men
Some raise children, some never do
You can dream all the day never reaching the end
Of everything possible for you.
Don’t be rattled by names, by taunts, by games
But seek out spirits true
If you give your friends the best part of yourself
They will give the same back to you.
I love it. And I love that my little girl will hear these words from her mama, her whole life.
Here’s what the song sounds like (it’s worth the 99 cents on iTunes!)– on Sunday two of my friends are going to sing it for us. If you’re around on Sunday, come check it out!