The Flood Part 2

Reading: Genesis 7-8

Because this upcoming Sunday is Mother’s day, I am going to include a brief tribute to my unique mom in this blog:

    My mother’s favorite way to wake up my siblings and myself in the mornings was to sing, loudly. My mother had many songs she sang for us on a regular basis but the thing we all remember is not that she sang but that she consistently did not know the words to what she was singing. I ended up only learning the lyrics to rock-a-bye baby by finding them in a children’s book. No matter what song she chose (she had one for every occasion) she could never sing more than a line or two before having to loop back and repeat herself because she could not remember more.

    Without fail, every sunny morning as long as I lived with her, my mother would stampede through the house crooning “RIIIIIIISSSSSSEEEEE and SSSSHHHHIIIINNNNNEEEEE and give God the glory GLORY!” For those of you unfamiliar with this gem of Christian culture, here are the lyrics:

 

“Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

The Lord told Noah

There's gonna be a floody, floody

The Lord said to Noah:

There's gonna be a floody, floody

Get those children out of the muddy, muddy

Children of the Lord

 

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

The Lord told Noah

To build him an arky, arky

The Lord told Noah

To build him an arky, arky

Build it out of gopher barky, barky

Children of the Lord

 

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

He called for the animals,

They came in by twosie, twosies

He called for the animals,

They came in by twosie, twosies

Elephants and kangaroosie, roosies

Children of the Lord

 

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

It rained and it poured

For forty daysie, daysies

It rained and it poured

For forty daysie, daysies

Almost drove those animals crazy, crazies,

Children of the Lord

 

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

Then Noah he sent out

He sent out a dovey dovey

Noah he sent out

He sent out a dovey dovey

Dovey said "There's clear skies abovey-bovey"

Children of the Lord

 

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

The sun came out and

It dried up the landy landy

The sun came out and

It dried up the landy landy

Everything was fine and dandy, dandy

 

Children of the Lord

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord

 

The animals they came off

They came off by three-sies three-sies

Animals they came off

They came off by three-sies three-sies

Grizzly bears and chimpanzee-sies zee-sies

Children of the Lord

 

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Rise and shine

And give God the glory, glory

Children of the Lord.

 

That is the end of,

The end of my story, story

That is the end of,

The end of my story, story

Everything is hunky dory, dory

Children of the Lord

-SVENSSON, PETER ANDERS / SVENINGSSON, MAGNUS

 

    The song is catchy, and fun, genuinely made me laugh as a kid, and summarizes the events of the flood fairly well. There have definitely been worse adaptations of Bible stories aimed at children.

    The one aspect that grates on me (other than the fact that this song was used as my childhood alarm clock) is that the song makes it sound as if the ending is happy and final. We do this a lot when we teach the Bible to children. We make it seem like the flood fixed the problem, we make it sound like David’s story ends once he defeats Goliath, we tell kids that Jonah went and preached to the people he was told to minister to because he learned his lesson after being in that whale.

    So, though we all probably know the events of Noah’s life pretty well, I would like to pause and spend some time in that awkward couple of chapters where Noah’s story comes to an end but it’s not all that happy. 

    BUT, I did just insist you read through two chapters and a song with 8 verses before even stating my piece, so I will keep it light today. Let’s dig into Noah’s not so happy ending in the next post.

Oh and Happy Mother's Day. Thank you Judy for being my mom!