|Published on Wed, May 27, 2020 3:00 PM|
Meditation for 28 May 2020 by Ted Hunter & Paula Eisenrich
“Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.” Psalm 105, v. 2-3:
When joyous events take place, we often celebrate it with song. A birthday party isn’t quite right without singing “Happy Birthday”; a ballgame would not be complete without “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”; and many events cannot begin until the “Star Spangled Banner” is sung. With COVID-19, that all has to change. It turns out that singing spreads the virus far more than nearly any other action. When we sing, we take deep breaths and then expel droplets and aerosols widely around us. A choir of 60 meeting in Skagit Valley, while sitting six feet apart with temperature checks before rehearsal, ended up with 45 members infected with COVID-19. Many scientists and choral directors across the nation have concluded that singing groups cannot safely meet again until there is a vaccine or a medicine to cure those who are infected. That would mean no school choirs, no church anthems and no joyous singing of crowds. Oh, maybe with remote technology. But who’s kidding whom; it’s not the same.
Yet, how can we keep from singing? The psalmist reminds us that it is important to sing praise to all the world! There are so many songs that praise the Lord: hymns and anthems and major concert works. Must we disobey the instruction of the psalmist and remain silent, even though we really want to sing? It seems that not singing is the right thing to do if we are to defeat the virus. Is this putting science over God? How can this conflict be resolved?
Well, it’s not an either/or challenge. There are many ways to sing, and many living things that can do it. Listen closely and take pleasure in the songs of other living creatures. Pay attention to the beauty of birdsong, the intoxicating rhythm of the frog, the howling of the coyote and the song of honking geese. These can all be heard as songs of praise by creatures of God that enhance the beauty and wonder of our planet. Take joy, more than ever, in singing in the shower where the cascade of water will dispel your droplets. Join in harmony with family members and partners who are going through this pandemic with you. Carry a song in your heart. Let that ring out in kindness and love shared with others. Most of all, know that the songs of praise continue, perhaps in new ways that are adapted to this time. Let the glory of God be known, rejoice in your heart, and let the songs ring out!
Ted Hunter & Paula Eisenrich
Zechariah 4:1-14 Psalm 105:1-22 Ephesians 4:17-32 Matthew 9:1-8