"Pray for Peace
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
6 pm Prelude Prayer Ceremony
7:30 pm Benefit Concert
Acoustic musical performances by Graham Nash, David Crosby,
Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Krishna Das, Emily Saliers and John Hall.
Proceeds will benefit the Cathedral Center for Global Justice and Reconciliation and the International Campaign for Tibet."
It promises to be a most amazing event.
Fr. Jake has some good words on the whole thing and a bit from an earlier concert by Nash and Crosby.
It recalled to mind a wonderful benefit concert, called "Healing the Divide" in which Tom Waits sang "Diamond in Your Mind." The chorus goes,
always keep a diamond in your mind
Wherever you may wander
Wherever you may roam
always keep a diamond in your mind."
For the full lyrics (from an earlier version) go HERE. There is a fine review of the disk from the concert HERE.
The Diamond here? Perhaps the Diamond Sutra. As with many things Tom Waits does, this song is filled with images of people who struggle with unending suffering and those who could avoid even knowing of that suffering. The diamond in the mind, among other things, is the willingness and ability to be both non-attached to suffering and plenty and to be filled with compassion for all beings and all that is. Compassion is at the heart of the world, not the world as we have it, but what we Christians call the reign of God...God's world. So the prayers for peace must always include the diamond in the mind - the core of commitment to compassion.
We are often reminded of this compassion in the talents of singers and musicians. In the midst of all the doings in Anglican-land it is wonderful to know of occasions such as this one. May the Washington Cathedral through this time bring compassion and the music of compassion at a time of great need.