LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #39 – “Changes” – David Bowie
Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
Despite never making it into the top 40, surprisingly, “Changes,” would go on to become one of David Bowie’s best known songs. Released in 1971 and again in 1972, the song was a retrospective biography of the singer’s career up until that point.
While much of the song is an artistic reflection of David Bowies changing styles, the lyrics of the refrain make things a little more personal, saying, “Turn and face the strange, ch-ch-changes. Just gonna have to be a different man. Time may change me, but I can’t trace time.” The themes of “turning” and “changing” were very popular with a certain gospel prophet who “proclaimed the way of the Lord.” In Matthew 3: 2, John the Baptist proclaims, ““Change your hearts and lives! Here comes the kingdom of heaven!” Many of us know this as “repenting,” which translates, “turning.” As Christians, we are called to make certain “ch-ch-changes” in our lives, including turning away from self-centeredness and turning towards service to God.
Gracious Master, help us turn away from selfish thoughts, desires, and actions, so that as we turn towards the path you would have us walk, we lead lives worthy of your Kingdom, in service to you. Amen.