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Wade in the Water

Victoria DeMore

Port Orange, United States

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I was so happy with how this turned out and immediately thought of this song, especially with the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, just a few hours west of me.

The vision of this crane wading in the water, the delicate lighting of the coming dusk, it just seemed to create this beautiful glow of innocence and purity.

“Wade in the Water” is the name of an African-American spiritual first published in New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) by John Wesley Work II and his brother, Fredericka J. Work (see Fisk Jubilee Singers).

The song relates to both the Old and New Testaments. The verses reflect the Israelites escape out of Egypt as found in Exodus:14.1 The chorus refers to healing: see John 5:4, “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”

To read more about the song, click here

For full lyrics click here

(Chorus)
Wade in the water.
Wade in the water, children.
Wade in the water.
God’s gonna trouble the water.

I wish the solution to the environmental disaster created by the oil spill was as easy as having all the affected wildlife wade in some troubled water. But, since it’s not that simple, we all have a responsibility to care for and about God’s creatures. I have set up a website listing various outlets to volunteer, work, and donate to as well as creative ways to help in the Gulf oil spill response. Even if you can just help spread the word about it, you are helping. Please check out Hue And Cry and share it with your friends and family.

Canon Rebel XS w/ 55-250mm telephoto lens
very limited edited in Photoshop, cropping

St. Mary’s, Georgia

PS: looks even better large :-)

Thanks you so much for the feature!
June 13, 2010 – Featured in The Birds

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