Fellowship of Heretics Daily Devotional: November 27, 2016 — I was in Prison and You Visited Me

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HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL-Nov. 27, 2016-I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU VISITED ME

Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Director Beth Foster

“While there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.” — E. V. Debs

The Ghost of Tom Joad

Man walks along the railroad track
He’s Goin’ some place, there’s no turnin’ back
The Highway Patrol chopper comin’ up over the ridge
Man sleeps by a campfire under the bridge
The shelter line stretchin’ around the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleepin’ in their cars out in the Southwest
No job, no home, no peace, no rest, no rest!

And The highway is alive tonight
Nobody’s foolin’ nobody is to where it goes
I’m sitting down here in the campfire light
Searchin’ for the ghost of Tom Joad

He pulls his prayer book out of a sleepin’ bag
The preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag
He’s waitin’ for the time when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass
With a one way ticket to the promised land
With a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
Lookin’ for a pillow of solid rock
Bathin’ in the cities’ aqueducts

And The highway is alive tonight
Nobody’s foolin’ nobody is to where it goes
I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of old Tom Joad

Now Tom said; “Ma, whenever ya see a cop beatin’ a guy
Wherever a hungry new born baby cries
Wherever there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me ma’
I’ll be there
Wherever somebodies strugglin’ for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helpin’ hand
Wherever somebody is strugglin’ to be free
Look in their eyes ma,
You’ll see me!

And the highway is alive tonight
Nobody’s foolin’ nobody is to where it goes
I’m sittin’ down here in the campfire light
With the Ghost of Tom Joad

Today’s Action: Watch the video of Bruce Springsteen and Tom Morello performing the Ghost of Tom Joad: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzRbeHyIomk

Now Tom Said; “Ma, whenever ya see a cop beatin’ a guy
Wherever a hungry new born baby cries
Wherever there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me ma
I’ll be there
Wherever somebody’s srtugglin’ for a place to stand
For a decent job or a helpin’ hand
Wherever somebody is strugglin’ to be free
Look in their eyes ma,
You’ll see me

Think about those lyrics. Tom tell his mother where he’ll stand, who he’ll be with, in whose eyes he can be found. Where will you stand, who will you be with, in whose eyes can you be found?

Today’s Sharing: What are your reflections on the words of Tom Joad. Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine


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