I remember when I was all of 7 or 8 years old, living in Moses Lake. I had a few friends I still remember including the twins, Marty and Monty Bone. Their last name reflected them; skinny, hard and bony. I don’t remember too much about them except for having a few fights here and there and playing football in the backyard. My biggest memory is being in their house one summer day when one of them put a record on. I don’t remember any adults being around, I just remember well to this day hearing Hey Jude blaring through the speakers at an ear-crushing volume. The Bones were singing it at the top of their lungs and I just kind of stood there, blown away by the volume. That was the first day I was introduced to the Beatles. I liked it.

Hey Jude was written by Paul McCartney about Julian (Jude) Lennon, John Lennon’s first born son. John, not known as a good father, was barely around to see Julian grow up and he wrote this song to Julian, (originally titled Hey Jules) to make him feel better.

The short letter of Jude, brother of Jesus, was written to believers to let them know that they must contend for the faith in the face of various kinds of opposition. He ends his letter with the words, “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding Joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever more.” 

That makes me feel better.