We’re picking a few songs to help keep our spirits up at this time in a series we’re calling Blues in the Time of Corona, borrowing a bit from the title of Gabriel García Márquez’s famous novel.
Today’s song is the traditional gospel song He Will See You Through, performed by Rhiannon Giddens and Arturo Turrisi on their album There Is No Other. The song begins with Turrisi’s gentle piano, before Giddens’s voice breaks in, full of reverence and inspiration.
The lyrics of the second verse seem particularly apt right now:
When you think the world’s gone crazy
He will see you through
When it looks like the end of days
He’ll surely see you through.
None of us has seen anything like we’re going through at the moment: industry and business is largely shut down, we’re confined to our homes, but worst of all, people are suffering and dying. The world truly has gone crazy and it looks like the end of days. If there’s anything we can learn from the last weekend – Easter – it is that God is not some vague cosmic force, but God comes right in amongst us in the midst of our trials. God is with us, even when things look their bleakest, to “see us through.”
(Check out our review of this album here)