Sunlight Shining Through Cloud

About the blog’s name

Sunlight Shining Through Cloud. Why not ‘a’ cloud; or ‘the’ cloud? Wouldn’t one of those be more linguistically correct? Yes to both. But this blog’s title is not intended to be a sentence; it is a title.

There are at least two ways to look at it. You could say that sunlight shining through cloud represents hope and possibility amidst the storms of life. That’s true, I guess, but it sounds a bit Pollyanna-ish to me. You could say that sunlight shining through cloud represents God’s presence in the world amidst its turbulence. That, too, is true. But it sounds a bit heavy to me.

Sunlight Shining Through Cloud is the title of a song written by my favorite musician, Mike Oldfield. The song begins with a spoken first verse of “Amazing Grace.” You’ll recall that this all-time classic hymn was written by John Newton, an eighteenth-century sea-captain involved in the transportation of  slaves from Africa to England. After that verse – spoken as if in Newton’s voice – comes the first verse of an entirely new song which is sung by a woman among the slaves in the bowels of his ship. She wants freedom but has little hope. She yearns for “sunlight shining through cloud.”

I know few people who aren’t awestruck by “Amazing Grace” in any of its iterations. This is certainly true of me. So I was surprised when I first heard its words in a song by a secular artist: Oldfield. It got my attention. Then came the woman’s cry. I was deeply moved by her perspective, and taken with the sense Oldfield made of things by weaving the songs together. I’ve heard this African/Gospel-influenced song many many times now, and am still impressed by its artistry.

This blog’s commentaries will deal with the subjects of the day; some funny, some serious. If the latter, I write to give perspective in the hope that it might add to the knowledge of the reader, thereby informing the reader to better decision-making. I write with the hope that a better world can be crafted by us all, and I choose to be cautiously optimistic. Let there be sunlight shining through cloud.

Sunlight Shining Through Cloud Mike Oldfield  Album: Millennium Bell   c.1999

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