Today’s Scriptures through music, by Michael Zier
Today’s reading offers us a glimpse of one man’s story–a warrior, a foreigner, who found his way to Israel at both the beginning and end of a long journey.
“Of Foam and Wave” comes from the midpoint of an album without lyrics by the band Caspian. Unlike most songs which build from next to nothing and lead to a climactic end, Caspian’s song presents a chaotic beginning that ends with everything being stripped away.
Did Naaman, the great warrior, ever predict that his healing would remove so much? Without a suit of armor, without the social distancing of leprosy, he was confronted with intimacy. At the end of the reading, he speaks with Elisha directly without the anger and shortness that marks so many of his earlier statements. Namaan ends the story with a simple, honest, statement leaving the chaos of earlier ailments behind in the Jordan.
Michael is a resident of Camden, NJ.