Wade in the Water

One of the songs that accompanied the dances that were performed by Rachel’s ballet company this summer was the old spiritual: Wade in the Water. I got to see/hear it one last time when they performed last Thursday night at Wylie Baptist.

What a powerful song. There are several versions floating around. In fact, at one point, one of its purposes was to make veiled references to the freedom that would come through the underground railroad. However, even today, it continues to call disciples of Jesus to venture into uncomfortable, dangerous places – because we can be certain that it is there, where justice and mercy are most needed, that God will be moving: lovingly, powerfully, and often tumultiously.

Wade in the water
Wade in the water, children,
Wade in the water
God’s a-going to trouble the water

See that host all dressed in white?
(God’s a-going to trouble the water)
The leader looks like the Israelite.
(God’s a-going to trouble the water)

See that band all dressed in red?

(God’s a-going to trouble the water)
Looks like the band that Moses led.
(God’s a-going to trouble the water)

Look over yonder, what do you see?

(God’s a-going to trouble the water)
The Holy Ghost a-coming on me
(God’s a-going to trouble the water)

If you don’t believe I’ve been redeemed

(God’s a-going to trouble the water)
Just follow me down to the Jordan’s stream
(God’s a-going to trouble the water)

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