If I Had a Hammer

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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About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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