Let the light shine!

“I saw also that there was an ocean of darkness and death, but an infinite ocean of light and love, which flowed over the ocean of darkness.” (George Fox)

Let the light shine
And let the silence ring.
Look into your heart
And let your soul sing.

In this dark world we rarely see
The beauty of the Earth,
The richly coloured tapestry
Surrounding us from birth.

In these dark times of fear and strife
We need the light to see
The beauty of each human life,
Of all humanity.

The streets are rarely silent now
Even in the dead of night,
But at four a.m. it’s quiet now;
The moon is shining bright.

Just look up at the stars above
And cast away your fear.
The eternal silent song of love
Will touch your inner ear.

Let the light shine
And let the silence ring.
Look into your heart
And let your soul sing.

Just a few years ago I was wondering what I could sing together with a fellow Quaker at the Somers Traditional Folk Club in Worcester. I was inspired to write this song. My Quaker friend, Tony, only ever performed the song together with me on that one occasion. Sadly, he passed away a year or two later.

Tony had become a good friend to me when I was living in Evesham, serving as the warden of the Quaker Meeting House. When I first arrived in the town, he used to take me each month to Meeting for Worship outside the gates of RAF Croughton, a US military base near Banbury. Tony and I shared an active commitment to living out the Quaker peace testimony.

Tony and I also enjoyed Friday evenings together at the Somers Traditional Folk Club. When he first took me along to the club, Tony thought I was just going along to listen. So he was surprised when I took a turn at singing a couple of songs.

Thanks to considerable encouragement from members of the club, I eventually recorded a CD of my own songs, including “Let the Light Shine”. Thanks are due especially to Chris Stewart for arranging and accompanying several of my songs and for doing the recording and production. And “Thank you, Tony!”

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