Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Week of: October 11, 2020
Scripture: Philippians 4:1-9
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4-7, NRSV)
Throughout my life when I have felt anxious, I have always been able to find peace by making music. I find that peace alone in an empty room with just a piano or in worship singing a hymn or an anthem. I must admit, not having communal singing has left me quite anxious in the last few months. I know I am not alone in this sentiment.
I find solace each time I read the words to Robert Lowry's hymn "How Can I Keep From Singing?" The hymn reassures me saying "no storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I'm clinging. Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?" I am reminded that no matter my anxieties and stresses, God is still creating the song. For the time being, that song might look a bit different, but we have the comfort of knowing God is in control.
In the last stanza of the hymn, the text states "the peace of Christ makes fresh my heart, a fountain ever springing, all things are mine since I am his, how can I keep from singing?" A fresh heart, a fresh purpose, a fresh song to sing to the Lord. There are so many ways to continue the song. Will you continue to sing with me? How can we keep from singing?
God, grant us your peace from all of the worry and anxiety in our lives. Help us to continue to sing our song and give thanksgiving to you as we find fresh new ways to show your love. Amen.
Director of Music
Myers Memorial United Methodist Church
Photo: The Young Adult Choir sings during Evening Prayer held in Memorial Chapel at Lake Junaluska during Music & Worship Arts Week 2019. (Fellowship photo by Daniel Craig.)