It comes at us from all corners of the world: COVID and its variants – Americans forsaken in Afghanistan and the Taliban now owning the country – the runaway train of the US Congress with its $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan heading for an economic implosion – and the over-all restless fear that has griped the world. The words of Hal David’s song “Alfie” sum up the questions we are asking. Mainly, what’s it all about?
The words of this 1966 Paramount movie song, “Alfie” showcase our world 55 years later and still asks the right questions. The movie was geared for mature audiences (and quite frankly, violated Christian principles), but it brought out the immoral conduct of the world, both then and now. The questions are penetrating: Is it just for the moment we live, Alfie? Are we meant to be kind? And if only fools are kind, then is it okay to be cruel?
Listen up Alfie — what about life? If life belongs only to the strong, what then will you lend to that old vexing golden rule? If we have it all, who needs the golden rule? Alfie seems to Look at it this way, if you have the gold, you rule!
I’m convinced there’s a million “Alfie’s” who haven’t a clue to the right answer. Poor bewitched Alfie’s, they appear lost in a world of a thousand lies and selfish narcissisms, including the consequences that follow.
But then, the questions stop and the song goes into a profound statement that sums up the real crux of the matter. Alfie is lost and struggling in a loveless world. The statement probes his conscience, and finally turns the story into reality. The truth comes from the one who is asking the questions – and its piercing. The lyrics read: I believe there’s a heaven above, and I know there’s something much more. Something even non-believers can believe in.
What is it?
It’s love!* And taking it a step further, it is the unconditional love God has for each of us!
Alfie hears the answer. The greatest line in the entire song is this: “Without true love we just exist.” Until we find love (the unconditional love of God) we are nothing. We’ve missed the most important fact of life . . .that God loves us.
Unless you live in a bubble, you know that the world is changing faster than you can blink an eye. Our only hope is found in the love of God, and trusting in the salvation of Jesus, His Son.
I wrote Hidden in Irish Hills as “fiction”, but between the lines run the truth of what may well be coming. The story focuses on the plight of Rachael Carson, a wealthy real estate tycoon who sees her life suddenly taking twists and turns. For a while it seems that love is gone and hope is lost. Where is God? What’s it all about? She waits for the answers. One evening, while she writes in her journal, God brings to her the instruction to wait for His answer. She writes . . .
“I must wait for God, long and meekly, in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning, in the cold and the dark. I must wait, and He will come, for He never comes to those who do not wait.” (Words penned from Fr. Fredrick William Faber)
We can wait for the answers, and rejoice while doing so, although for a short time we may be in heaviness through multiple twists and turns. (I Peter 1:6, my emphasis)
Hidden in Irish Hills” is a story for today. Its message is NOW. A tale of suspense, courage, and love that hits the mark of what may be just in front of us. The world is changing. Things are coming together fast.
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For a glimpse of Rachael and the people in her life, watch this short 2-minute video. Capture a bit of the suspense, as you see world leaders gathered at the conference table, planning their next move. Click here:
[*Photo of “Love” painted in Times Square from Unsplash.com]