My wife and I live in a ninth floor apartment overlooking the outer harbour in Victoria. On very calm summer evenings the light reflecting and dancing off the water from docked cruise ships is light’s equivalent of beautiful music. These streams of reflected light quickly fade with choppy waters.
Today’s text is not an easy read. However, one observer has pointed out that if you don’t hear the angel choirs singing in this text, you need to read it again until you do. This image is one of a choir of angels singing joyfully, songs of praise to God. This is in contrast to the ruggedness of their past experiences. This text invites us to ask ourselves, “In the difficulties that life inevitably brings, is it possible to hear beautiful music in the midst of heavy weather?”
Our text suggests that if we do hear beautiful music in the midst of hardship, it comes as God’s gift to those who are willing to trust in the leading of the Shepherd. Life’s beautiful music is especially gorgeous in the midst of choppy waters.
God of hope, bring beautiful music to those who experience stormy waters today. Amen. — RB