I do believe in a higher power
one that loves us one and all
not someone to solve our problems
or to catch me when I fall …
I believe in a loving father
one I never have to fear
that I should live life at its fullest
just as long as I am here

Waylon Jennings wrote those words. They’re from a pretty song called “I Do Believe.” He sang it during an interesting Highwaymen tribute that was on one of the country music channels recently (featuring Johnny Cash singing and laughing- grand!). An old NPR article tells us that Waylon’s song “expresses a hard-earned but complicated faith.”

But there is nothing complicated about it. Lewis called it Christianity and water, a “boys” philosophy which “simply says there is a good God in Heaven and everything is all right — leaving out all the difficult and terrible doctrines about sin and hell and the devil, and the redemption.” Sadly, this baseless tune was played at Jennings’ funeral by Kris Kristofferson, who said of it: “[It] is one of the last songs Waylon wrote and is probably my favorite because it is the essence of the man I knew…”