Today's Lectionary Text
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
Know that the Lord is God.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
For the Lord is good;
I spent six years working part-time in radio, playing everything from Top 40 to easy listening to country to contemporary Christian to polkas. (Shout-out on the latter to KUTT-FM in Fairbury; anecdotes available on request.)
My next 25-plus years were spent largely interviewing and writing about musicians and reviewing concerts.
Through all that, I’ve been interested in the Christian songs and performers that have crossed over into the pop world. Remember when Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith were on the charts? How about songs like Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses” in 1997, or MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” in 2001?
The latest example is Lauren Daigle’s song “You Say,” which was released nearly two years ago and is still on the adult contemporary chart.
“You Say” is not about making a joyful noise, as suggested in Psalm 100. It’s about God being there in the troubling times: “You say I am loved/When I can’t feel a thing/You say I am strong/When I think I am weak/You say I am held/When I am falling short/When I don’t belong/You say I am Yours …”
In the past few months, more than ever, we’ve felt alone. We don’t have the embrace of close friends, the laughs with co-workers, or the comfort of extended family – at least not in person.
We’ve missed out on rites of passage like graduations and weddings. There’ve been no concerts, no theater, no parties.
We feel alone.
But in the midst of all our emptiness, all our loneliness during this time – we need to remember God is there. And we need to remember that we are His.
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Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, you have told us that we are loved, that we are strong, that we are held by You and that we are Yours. Let us remember that You are always there for us. Amen.
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