music in my ears
|The birds are amazing this time of year. I love hearing them in the background of our recent Welcome and Benediction videos. I am a long way from being able to identify their calls, and am just beginning to recognize the different varieties frequenting my yard. But my ability to notice and appreciate is increasing. |
Overhead, the birds in the sky make their home, chirping loudly in the trees. Psalm 104:12 (CEB)
But when I do my daily neighborhood walk, I substitute a different sound. Music in my ears. Starting with the Pray as You Go meditation. Then moving into worship music. I have particularly enjoyed The Porter’s Gate Justice Songs, which inspired our musicians’ new recordings.
You are my secret hideout! You protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of rescue! Ps. 32:7 (CEB)
Music has sustained us this long year apart. I am grateful for technology that allows us to access so much. This week I have been listening to songs of my childhood, hymns that I had forgotten, on Carrie Underwood’s new album My Savior. I’ve been surprised by the emotional chords they touch this Holy Week.
This is my story, this is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long
I love to listen alone, but I do miss singing together, standing shoulder to shoulder. Hard to imagine when that might ever feel OK again. We are not ready. The risk is too great. But we do have the voices we love, making melodies as if we were all together. Michael Linder and the musicians keep recording; Mark Foley uploads more each week. Old favorites and new songs. Giving us a resource we never had before- New Covenant Fellowship Worship Music accessible anytime anywhere on Spotify and Apple Music.
Apparently, a dozen folks in Australia are listening, another ten in Germany, ten more in the Philippines, and half a dozen in Hong Kong. With lots more in Canada and the UK, and over a hundred in the US. Mind-boggling. Who knew?!
Personally, I am still working out the technology piece. Between voice memos and videos and apps and websites and virtual meetings- a lot of learning has been required this year. But the rewards have been amazing.
Ain’t no bird gonna sing in my place
As long as I’m alive I’ll glorify God’s holy name