As We Go On

As We Go On
Words and Music: Eric Folkerth

the turning of the year
the turning of a page
listen and you’ll hear
all this restlessness and rage
sadness in our eyes
hearts still in grief
we say our goodbye
to the Orange-headed thief…

as we go on…we go on…
we go on…we go on…

so nurse up your aches
but listen to that rage
and follow your heartbreak
for all those children in a cage
find a forward road
but keep the question why
the story we were told
of how thousands had to die…

as we go on…we go on…
we go on…we go on…

old acquaintance
are forgot
and never brought to mind
so drink that cup,
but keep your thought
on who we left behind

so promise that you’ll mean
a promise that will last
a promise to redeem
all these failures of our past
for all yet to come
for pain we can ease
for the race we still run
for the ones who still can’t breathe…

as we go on…we go on…
we go on…we go on…

the turning of the year
the turning of the page
listen, and you’ll hear
the restlessness…and rage

as we go on…

(Copyright, Eric Folkerth ©2020. All Rights Reserved)

I’m as sick of 2020 as anybody.

But I keep hearing folks talk about the turn of the year like it will solve everything. And to me, it feels like there’s so much unfinished business…or so much business that we’ll carry forward with us into 2021.

In fact, I truly believe that we’ll be reckoning with the year 2020 —politically, socially, spiritually, MEDICALLY— for the rest of our lives.

So, while we go on…as we must…let us remember the lessons 2020 needed, and still needs, to teach us.

And let’s commit ourselves to all of its unfinished business…EF

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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