Well I got a hammer, and I got a bell
And I got a song to sing, all over this land
It’s the hammer of justice, it’s the bell of freedom
It’s the song about love between my brothers and sisters
All over this land. – Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger starts his song made popular by Peter, Paul, and Mary with the words: “if I had a hammer,” and ends with the conclusion that he does have the tools to bring out love between his brothers and sisters. His words apply to each and every one of us. The hammer of justice can be wielded by any of us regardless of our physical strength, the bell of freedom can be rung by all regardless of our musical skills, and the song of love can be sung by any of us, even if you are tone-deaf like me.
Seeger sang this song during a time when our country was divided by racial, religious, and ethnic lines, the difference between the house of have and the house of have-not was expanding, and we were entangled in a war half way across the world. Sound familiar?
Meditate this week on where to begin your hammering, your ringing, and most importantly is “your song,” and we all have our own unique song we are singing, is about “love between your brothers and your sisters.” If not, ask yourself how do I get to where I can sing a different song.
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