Friday, April 17, 2020

Hallelujah Is Our Song

“Hallelujah Is Our Song”

I think in songs.  Most every phrase I hear and picture I see;
is hyperlinked to a song in my brain.

Thankfully, God has given me reasonably strong impulse
control which helps me resist the urge of breaking into song
like a chorus member in musical theater.

For the past 30 days (I’m writing this on April 2nd)
I have suppressed a particular song because it contains a word
I can not say.  For a church musician, saying “Hallelujah”
during Lent is like a catcher reminding a pitcher that he
needs one more out for a perfect game.

The song was written by Sarah Hart and is titled “Hallelujah, Is Our Song”. 
Whew.  I feel so much better now that I’ve finally said it!

Here is the first verse:

What hope we have
These four words make my heart smile. 
The hyperlink in my brain takes me to a video. 
I see myself sitting at the piano in St. Mary’s. 
I see and hear members of the music ministry in the loft,
and at the cantor stand.  
I see you in the pews.
I follow additional hyperlinks which take me to the
thumbnails of individual singers and parishioners.  

Even in the darkest night
I’ve often thought of how difficult the middle of the night
is for our seniors. 
Recently, I have begun to experience my own version of this.
My time of rising has moved from 7am to 5am.  

Could the inability to fall asleep at night be the reason
our teens stay on their devices throughout the night?

For the light will overcome
I can hear George Carlin doing Al Sleet:
The Hippy Dippy Weatherman:

“Tonight’s forecast……..dark…….continued dark tonight
…….followed by partly light in the morning.

We will not fear, for we know the sun will rise
Morning comes.  Another day. Another breath. 
A fresh cup of coffee.
Funny how a time of loss can remind us
to be grateful for things often taken for granted.

Hallelujah, is our song
Hallelujah IS our song because the SON did rise! 
Jesus, IS risen! 
Even in this wounded world, where the battle rages on. 
We do not fear, for we know who heals our souls.
Hallelujah is our song!

Longing for the day we can sing Hallelujah together
in St. Mary’s,

Bruce 

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