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Morning Song – I’ve Been In The Storm Too Long

February 7, 2016

There’s an ancient Christian tradition of prayer, dating back at least to the Desert Fathers and Mothers, that involves the repetition of a simple phrase or invocation.  Perhaps the best known is the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy on me, a sinner.”  In the Eastern Orthodox Church, a pray-er will repeat the prayer dozens, even hundreds, of times as a means to an altered state of mind, one in which s/he is returned to her/ a right relationship with God (and thus with the rest of creation as well).

The Mighty Clouds Of Joy carry that tradition forward with “I’ve Been In The Storm So Long”.  The song (by the great James Cleveland) is simplicity itself: “I’ve been in the storm too long; O Lord I need a little more time to pray“.  Then it just repeats—prayerfully, desperately, powerfully—until the prayer has eased the troubled soul of the singer.

(I don’t know what church this is, but judging from the presence of a young Barack and Michelle Obama (0:40), I’m guessing it’s on the South Side of Chicago.)

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