New Song– Juliana’s Blessing (All Shall Be Well)

April 3, 2014

I became familiar with Juliana of Norwich during my doctoral work. She was a mystic in 14th century England. Her ministry coincided with a time of terrible plague. The message she brought to the people who came to her was simple– God is not punishing us with this plague. God loves us, and Jesus has suffered everything for us so that we can be free to be in God’s love. One of her famous blessings is:

“All shall be well, all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.”

I have taken that simple phrase and made it into an ostinato chorus. Over the top I have sung a simple message– no matter where we go, no matter how things are with us, the Love that is God is our home.

As I was finishing the song, I was reminded by my recent studies in Paul’s letter to the Romans of something Paul said that is very similar. Found late in chapter 8 of his letter, Paul insists that nothing can separate us from the love of God. I have merged that idea with John’s famous saying in 1 John, that God is love– so that nothing shall separate us from the love that is God.

All of this is secondary if the song doesn’t work to help you find a moment of peace and perhaps some comfort in knowing that nothing shall separate you from the Love that is God.


(On the technical side of things . . . I play keyboards; programmed the drums using Acid Pro 7.0; played electric and acoustic guitars; and sang the vocals. Brian Horsely played bass on this track, direct into the board.)


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