Reflections on Faith and Community
In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.
Andrew S. Odom
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea. (Exodus 15:1)
Last week our Revelation Youth Choir travelled to Washington D.C. for their annual tour. They sang in numerous venues and beautiful settings, but my favorite part has to be the unscheduled times that they sang. One of those was at the Lincoln Memorial. Imagine yourself visiting that spot with your family when, all of a sudden, you hear the holy sound of a youth choir. I’m sure it was powerful.
We come by our singing rightfully and are part of a rich history of singing the faith. When Moses led the Israelites through the Red Sea, they sang. It’s called Moses’ Song and is directly followed by Miriam’s Song. When King David brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem after years of it being gone, he was dancing and singing when he entered the city. The events surrounding Jesus’ birth include angels singing, Zechariah’s Song, Mary’s Song, and the Song of Simeon. Many of the psalms are old hymns. Revelation paints an image of thousands who gather in song when the Lord comes again. You get the picture.
Last week our youth stood at the Lincoln Memorial and sang the faith. In a place filled with tourists and sightseers and passersby, they sang. In a city ripe with toxicity and polarization and political posturing, they sang. At a moment in our history when we need to be reminded of hope, they sang. All who were fortunate enough that day to be within earshot of our choir were greeted with the haunting sound of song that has the power to lift the spirit above our darkness and distress into the light and peace of Christ our Lord. Don’t stop singing, ever.
Published on 06/19/2017 @ 9:44 PM CDT