LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #13 – “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
When listening to music and socializing with my seminary friends, a common joke we had was, “It’s too early for ‘Don’t Stop Believing!'” suggesting that the song was only appropriately played in social settings when it was time for the evening to come to an end. The single, which came off of Journey’s seventh studio album, has in fact gone on to become not only one of the most popular songs of its time, but also one of the best selling songs of the modern, digital, era.
Ironically, an area “south” of “Detroit,” that the lyrics speak of, doesn’t technically exist in America, and would more likely describe a portion of Canada. Even still, the song has long since exemplified the blue-collar American Dream of coming from nothing and making something out of yourself, against all odds. In the fifth chapter of Mark, a Roman leader comes to Jesus asking him to raise his sick daughter from the dead. Jesus response in verse 36; “Don’t be afraid; just keep believing.” Despite any odds stacked against us, we are to never stop believing in the power of Christ, who can do miraculous things for those who trust in him.
Miraculous Christ, let us never stop believing in your wondrous power and love. Let us experience your healing and grace in our lives, especially when it feels like all hope is lost. Amen.