LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #31 – “School’s Out” – Alice Cooper
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
In 1972, Alice Cooper released his fifth album, “School’s Out,” with a title track that has timelessly managed to sum up the emotion of just about anyone who has ever been in school waiting for the final bell to ring for the year. What makes, “School’s Out (For Summer)” even more appealing, however, is not that it captures the final day of a single school year, but in Cooper’s world, “school’s out forever,” and students all across the world can celebrate, “No more pencils. No more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks.”
Alice Cooper explained the sentiment in an interview, saying, “There’s two times during the year. One is Christmas morning, when you’re just getting ready to open the presents. The greed factor is right there. The next one is the last three minutes of the last day of school when you’re sitting there and it’s like a slow fuse burning. I said, ‘If we can catch that three minutes in a song, it’s going to be so big.” According to the Gospel, this is the exact sensation that we are to remain in every day of our lives, knowing that at any given moment could be the time Christ decides to make his triumphant return. Jesus speaks to this sentiment himself in Matthew 24: 26,44, saying, “But nobody knows when that day or hour will come, not the heavenly angels and not the Son. Only the Father knows…Therefore, you also should be prepared, because the Human One will come at a time you don’t know.”
Victorious God, we know that we are living in the days of your kingdom which you set into place the moment you became our incarnate God and dwelt among us. Prepare our hearts constantly ready and waiting for your return when we will see the vision of your kingdom fully established. Amen.