Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! —Isaiah 49:13
Although the Lenten season is often imaged as dry, barren, and desert-like, that doesn’t mean we can’t rejoice and sing in the midst of it. The same goes for us in our spiritual lives. Even we if feel down or somber, there are still reasons to lift our voices and sing with creation that praises God.
Early on in the pandemic, when the country shut down and people retreated inside, it seemed that all conversations centered on the coronavirus. Worry and fear were in the air. Then I noticed that our cats weren’t worried about the pandemic. They were still doing their cat things: hunting in the backyard or snuggling up with us on the couch. Next, I noticed that our chickens were still going about their everyday chickeny things: scratching for bugs, preening their feathers, and laying eggs. Finally, I noticed that the trees, the birds perched in them, and every squirrel, butterfly, and insect I saw were unmoved by the human fear in the world. It was as if all of creation was still singing for joy and praising their Maker by continuing to do what was theirs to do. They reminded me to remember to sing, even in a desert time.
For Action: Put on some music you like and sing along today in praise to God.
To Pray: Lord, I thank you for all of creation which you have made. May I join my spirit to theirs in praising you, our Maker.