Poignant Imagine

While the song “How to Save a Life” by The Fray is being played we hear the marvellous story of an Iraq war victim who was placed in an orphanage but got there taken away by a Western mother. A woman who actively did the work any Christian should dare to take on her or his shoulders, but which demand courage and much love for the other, notwithstanding the deficiencies. What she has been doing must have been so hard, bringing them up too great respect.

The hardships they have gone through and let them not undermine but let them build up their lives can be breathed in this moving song by John Lennon sung by Emmanuel Kelly on The X Factor 2011.

Film poster for Imagine: John Lennon - Copyrig...

Film poster for Imagine: John Lennon – Copyright 1988, Warner Bros. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rolling Stone ranked “Imagine” number 3 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“, describing it as “an enduring hymn of solace and promise that has carried us through extreme grief, from the shock of Lennon’s own death in 1980 to the unspeakable horror of September 11th. It is now impossible to imagine a world without ‘Imagine’, and we need it more than he ever dreamed.” {Wenner, Jann (2010) [2004]. 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. OCLC 641731526}

Some may find it overly sentimental and melodramatic, and I do agree this is one of the songs which still can bear me to tears. As a romantic soul I can not stay untouched, also not by this performance of this ‘Iraq’s son’. All the agony but also all the hope of countries at war can be felt and though they may be battered they keep believing in the possibility to share a message of hope, love and peace.

John Lennon rehearses Give Peace A Chance by R...

John Lennon rehearses Give Peace A Chance by Roy Kerwood (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Blaney considered the song to be “riddled with contradictions. Its hymn-like setting sits uncomfortably alongside its author’s plea for us to envision a world without religion.” and commented further: “Lennon knew he had nothing concrete to offer, so instead he offers a dream, a concept to be built upon.” {Blaney, John (2007). Lennon and McCartney: Together Alone (1st ed.). Jawbone Press. ISBN 978-1-906002-02-2.}

It may always look very easy just to try things out. But it is not so simple. Even as Christians we may believe the Bible worlds that there is not a place of torture called “hell“, but that it is just the ‘sheol‘ or the grave, the tomb, the sepulchre. According to the Scriptures we shall all land up in the hole of the earth (the underground), to feel nothing any more, not able to do anything any-more.

It is in the ‘now’ we do have to make our living and to make the best out of our life.

Here and now we can see the sky above us, with the sun-rays which can lighten our days. It is here in this world that we according some can only have dreams, imagining all the people living for today, without boundaries, “Imagine there’s no countries”

We should go for it and believe in that what seems unreachable. “It isn’t hard to do” but we should be careful to try to reach our dreams in a peacefull way. “Nothing to kill or die for”.

Some may think religion is the cause of every evil, but they are wrong. It are the people themselves who have twisted minds and make their environment broken.

No matter if there would not have been religions, humans would have found ways to dispute the differences. People would have encountered differences in opinions, differences in looks and how people would behave. They would trigger anomalies and questions. Those differences would bring people into confrontation, also when there would be nor religion. But from the moment people get born and grow up they shall be confronted with questions of ‘why we live’ ‘what we are doing on this earth’, etc. Even when there would not have been a Creator God, people would have and did invent many gods and every day they still create idols.

Therefore we can wounder if we only should “Imagine all the people living life in peace”.

“You, you may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope some day you’ll join us And the world will be as one.”

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one
I hope some day you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

This is not a tear jerker, but we can not stay untouched.

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Please do find related articles:

  1. John Lennon – Imagine Lyrics
  2. The possibilities of faith: A Faith that can move mountains
  3. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  4. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  5. Gods hope and our hope
  6. Hope for the future
  7. God’s salvation
  8. Incomplete without the mind of God
  9. Idolatry or idol worship
  10. Destination of the Righteous
  11. Christadelphian people
  12. Our stance against certain religions and immigrating people
  13. Who are you going to reach out to today
  14. Sometimes it may look that the graveyard is ready for us. > Fragments from the Book of Job #3: chapters 21-26 To who’s council do we want to listen and do we limit our wisdom to ourself?

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To think about:

  1. Why we should stop calling people “aliens”
  2. Dead and after
  3. Grave, tomb, sepulchre – graf, begraafplaats, rustplaats, sepulcrum
  4. Sheol or the grave
  5. Jesus three days in hell
  6. Hellfire
  7. Do we have to be afraid of a devil?
  8. Christendom Astray The Devil Not A Personal Super-Natural Being
  9. Satan the evil within
  10. Being of good courage running the race
  11. This month’s survey question: Does God Exist?
  12. The professor, God, Faith and the student
  13. The World framed by the Word of God
  14. Angry but not sinning

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  • One of my favorite artists, John Lennon (milambc.wordpress.com)
    Yesterday; Imagine; Give Peace a Chance; Love; Watching the Wheels; Working Class Hero; How Do You Sleep
  • The most irritating song in the world (richardstokesblog.wordpress.com)
    My contention is that ‘Imagine’ is not representative of his best work.
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    There’s nothing contentious about “imagine there’s no heaven.” In fact it implicitly confirms the definite existence of a heaven that you have to imagine living without. The main reason I dislike it is much more picky and pathetic than that.
  • John Lennon’s “Imagine” (andywrasman.com)
    What would the consequences be if there was no God, no hell below, just sky above? How would morality and justice be affected? Is this a world that you really want to imagine? If so, then in the words of Aerosmith, “Dream On.”
  • Five Minute Friday- Imagine (groovychick2198.wordpress.com)
    If we took the time to imagine something new every day, I think the world would see tomorrow’s todays be a bit brighter.  But this can only be true if more people imagine peace and love and less people imagine greed and strife.  Only by putting more positive intentions into the universe than negative ones will we be able to Imagine the world John Lennon did.
  • Lennon & Guevara an epic photo … I bet they were playing Imagine (piczload.com)
  • Yoko Ono interview: ‘Who’s the best? Me’ (telegraph.co.uk)
    As Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival begins, the 80-year-old artist talks to Helen Brown about her terrifying singing, her love of Lady Gaga and how she’s the only artist she admires.
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    Lennon’s most famous solo song was inspired by a poem from Ono’s Grapefruit book, published before they met: “Imagine the clouds dripping, dig a hole in your garden to put them in.” Although he took all the songwriting credit, Lennon later said that it “should be credited as a Lennon/Ono song. A lot of the lyric and the concept came from Yoko, but in those days I was a bit more selfish, a bit more macho, and I sort of omitted her contribution, but it was right out of Grapefruit.”

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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