The Presence of the Lord – a Blind Faith Tribute

While they only made one album, a band called “Blind Faith” which blended the talents of two-thirds of “Cream,” Eric Clapton and GInger Baker, with a very young and talented Steve Winwood, produced some wonderful music.  My favorite is one penned by Clapton, but sung by Winwood, as Clapton wanted Winwood’s sweet voice to sing this ethereal song. Here are the first few stanzas from “The Presence of the Lord.”

I have finally found a way to live
Just like I never could before.
I know that I don’t have much to give,
But I can open any door.

Everybody knows the secret,
Everybody knows the score.
I have finally found a way to live
In the color of the Lord.

I truly love this song, as it brings spirituality to a wonderful song, without being too overt. To me, the understated reference in the chorus to “in the color of the Lord,” is meaningful. I interpret this to live a life in keeping with an overall context of color, rather than a rigorous line by line text. The context of treating others like you want to be treated is the “color of the Lord,” that I take away. Maybe you have a different take.

Clapton has noted in his autobiography that he regretted leaving this band after only one album. Winwood is an awesome talent that I have written about before, including reference to this song. He and Clapton would have surely made some more memorable music over time, like this and “Can’t Find My Way Home.”

I am repeating my love for this song, as we have taken some religious debate into the mire, where pieces of scripture are noted out of context and without the complete reference, which is time-sensitive based upon the mores and biases of the period. To me, whether someone is religious or not, if we live a life in the “color of the Lord” and treat others like we want to treated, things will be better for us and others.


6 thoughts on “The Presence of the Lord – a Blind Faith Tribute

  1. Note to Readers: The event in Charleston where nine innocent people were killed by someone bent on a hate crime is deeply troubling to many. I also read this morning that another person was spewing hate filled language outside a church in VA. Yet, last night on PBS Newshour, a woman from the Southern Law Center based in Montgomery, Alabama noted a hate crime is occurring about every five weeks in America. This makes this tragedy even more disturbing in that more than a few are carrying out such crimes. These are not Jihadists. Yet, they are similar in that their extreme views have been wound up and they go take terrible action.

    Irrespective of what religion people have, irrespective of what ethnic group they are and irrespective of what race they belong to, to carry out crimes such as this are not in keeping with God’s will. We must help each other and reflect on the simple words above. If we see someone being extreme in views, we cannot just walk away and let it fester. Help that person get help or find someone who can by notifying a minister or some authority. We also must not tolerate people preaching or speaking of hate or differences. We have far too much of that going on and some take the message too far when they hear it and act because of some preconceived bias.

  2. Not only have we taken religion into the “mire,” but we tend to ignore many of the central tenets of Christianity, at least, which praise the poor and condemn the rich. I have never thought that Christianity and capitalism are compatible. Something had to give, and we know which one did.

    • You are so right, Hugh. This prosperity ministry had usurped faith as well as the lack of inclusion has done so. The same text that is often cited as God not supporting gay marriage also goes on to say if you divorce your spouse and remarry you are an adulterer. So, the overarching context is more important than specific words germane to the mores of the time.

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