LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #20 – “Like A Rolling Stone” – Bob Dylan
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
If there was ever a song that grew out of a songwriter’s frustration with the entire creative process and musical vocation, it’s Bob Dylan’s 1965 single, “Like A Rolling Stone.” It wasn’t until the final adaptation of the song that Bob Dylan tried for a rock and roll sound, but that decision, combined with the youthful angst found in the lyrics, transformed the singer/songwriter from folk artist to rock legend.
The four verses and chorus of the song are a significantly condensed version of a ten page, free verse poem written by Dylan after an exhausting European tour. The song begins with the “once upon a time,” naive, high-life of a woman who has now become lonely, bitter, and seasoned by the realities of her experiences in life. However, instead of wallowing in sorrow, the song expresses a joy for the freedom found in losing everything. Jesus seems to agree, in Luke 18:22, when he tells his disciples, ““There’s one more thing. Sell everything you own and distribute the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come, follow me.” Freedom is found when we are no longer bound to the superficial, material things of this world. After all, it was a “rolling stone,” that first signaled the resurrection, and the possibility for a transformed life became real.
Sanctifying Savior, we praise the truth that the most important rolling stone of all time announced your resurrection to the world, through which, we are all given the opportunity for new life in you, regardless of where our life on earth has taken us. Amen.