Though most probably remember the titular anthem, “Brick In The Wall,” from Pink Floyd’s groundbreaking concept album, “The Wall,” it was 1979’s, “Comfortably Numb,” that truly showcased the depths of the bands musical and lyrical talent. For those unfamiliar with the tune, perhaps you recognize the cover performed in the award-winning film, “The Departed.” Originally titled “The Doctor,” the haunting song plays out like a conversation between the albums protagonist, Pink, and a doctor who is treating him, as she traces the pain she often suffered during childhood which has now left him as a contentedly apathetic adult.
The song concludes with the refrain, “When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse out of the corner of my eye. I turned to look but it was gone. I cannot put my finger on it now. The child is grown. The dream is gone. I have become comfortably numb.” It is so unfortunate that, as adults, many of us lose the innocence and hope sometimes found only in childhood. Perhaps this is why Christ told his disciples in Matthew 18: 3-4, “‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”
Ever-present God, our experiences in this world harden us, constructing walls that separate us from the love you offer. Never allow us to become “comfortably numb,” instead, constantly renewing us with the hope that is offered through the grace and salvation of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.