Our Theology is learned from a variety of sources, some of them are extra-Biblical, and, of these, many were not originally intended as reflections on Christian theology. Amongst such sources, I believe, is the great Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, “”Carousel””. Having enjoyed many opportunities in this musical’s role of “”Mr. Snow””, I have always felt a great closeness, an approach to a devotional state, and inevitable engagement in a Holy atmosphere, when joining in the grand chorus which closes the second act, “”You’ll never walk alone””. With a great crescendo of sound and emotion, the full chorus and orchestra proclaim, “”Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart, and you’ll never walk alone.””
Perhaps only an old singing-actor (an admitted “”stage hog””) such as I could find, see, and hear in this the teaching of St. Paul. Yet, he preached that neither lack of possessions, nor persecution, nor physical danger, nor powerlessness, nor being complained against, nor even death itself can separate us from the Love of God. There is nothing in our past, nothing in our present, and nothing in our future which will cause Eternal Love to abandon us. The Apostle Paul does not promise that God will always intervene to “”save us””, as many have said, from the vicissitudes of life we all must face and, sometimes, endure. But we have the incomparable promise never to be left alone. The Love of God, the Grace of Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit will accompany us. We will truly never “”walk alone””. Thanks be to God.