“We shall overcome – deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.
While not knowing Charles Tindley nor Louise Shropshire nor Pete Seeger, maybe the important thing to them would be that this song endures with some of the principal musical and lyrical messages they wanted to share. The fact that the civil rights movement could use it effectively and many others now have this in the public domain for use whenever they wish would hopefully please all three!
ACTION OPPORTUNITY: Listen to these songs one right after the other to focus on the messages and hear the similarities
- I’ll Overcome Someday – Charles Tindley version
- If My Jesus Wills – Louise Shropshire version
- We Shall Overcome – this is a 1967 version by Pete Seeger in Berlin with a rather heart-catching additional verse about Montgomery Alabama and “We are Not Afraid TODAY!”
PRAYER: Dear God, throughout our days, may we worry less of credit, and focus more on praise! Amen. [Is this prayer a Christian Playbook original or do we need to give credit elsewhere? 🙂 ]
How can you help another overcome this day? Enjoy the day, filled with the Spirit!
“BONUS FEATURE” – check out THIS 8 minute video that includes more background on If My Jesus Wills and includes a wonderful performance of “If My Jesus Wills/We Shall Overcome” arrangement by Berens and performed by the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir, Greater Cincinnati Indian Community Choir, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra led by conductor John Morris Russell.
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, February 23, 2020:
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