We Are One in the Spirit
lyrics by Jason Upton
We are one in the Spirit
We are one in the LordWe are one in the SpiritWe are one in the Lord
two of several verses:
We will walk with each otherWe will walk hand in handWe will walk with each otherWe will walk hand in handAnd together we’ll spread the newsThat God is in our land
We will work with each otherWe will work side by sideWe will work with each otherWe will work side by sideAnd we’ll guard each man’s dignityAnd save each man’s pride
This song often sung as a chant in meditation is so simple yet powerful as a reminder of the Oneness of life, one in spirit, one in the Lord, walking hand in hand, working side by side, saving, respecting a man's dignity. As a younger person, though, I had not yet learned this chant, nor entered into anything like it; I did come to learn of the Oneness, quite by accident.
While in college there were the required studies that every student selected from to complete their degree, no matter what their major. Many disdained these classes and I wasn't always too enthusiastic either; one semester, I was short a required study area course; already having taken art history, music literature and drama studies. Well now, what was left? There was in the catalog another course previously avoided. It was a five hour class that met every afternoon, five times a week. That meant lots of work; yet without another better alternative, I took it.
It was a survey course in the Humanities. Tons of reading, short writings and study, but quickly I came to love it. And I came to appreciate the interconnections of our lives; that in some way, somehow we are one, even if we don't always consciously recognize or see it in our own daily travels. I was hooked and have remained with a passion for humanities ever since. Humanities I can say is the study of man and his works. It was been a great good in my life to recognize everything as diverse as Chaucer and Hamlet, to The Rites of Spring, to the Political movements of the 20th century, and the history or philosophy of antiquity have meaning and relevance still, if we can see that; I see it as a good and I am well. We cannot forget those who in the next and coming century, those in want or those in loss when we have a clear view from the past to the present. This makes a way for what comes next.
Today I remain mostly interested in the inter-workings of the world; it's components and their meanings are all something of a mystery and a treasure. Regardless of the Way you find, many, many are coming to One through the varieties of religious experience. It's a life for us all to have.