A Daily Dose of Good News
Monday, July 6, 2020
The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes, leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look, there he stands behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows, looking through the lattice.
My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away;
for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.
(Song of Solomon 2:8-13)
Song of Solomon is the other book of the Bible
That never mentions or names God.
It a love poem extolling the virtues and giftedness
In human sexuality and physical love.
As such, it’s among the Bible verses
That couples choose for their marriage ceremonies.
Particularly the verses we read today:
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away!”
Later interpreters have also come to understand the book
As a depiction of the loving delight that God takes in God’s people.
And I’m using that perspective as the focus
For our Daily Dose of Good News for today.
Especially in the afterglow of all the loving delight
We enjoyed together as a worshipping community
At Holy Trinity again yesterday.
It was so delightful to see people face-to-face
For worship again yesterday.
Add to that the two hundred or so viewers
Who worshiped with us again from the home or the road,
And how delightful to gather again for worship
Around the font where we are claimed as God’s children
The table where we are our faith is fed as God’s family
And the pulpit from which God addresses us
With the love of Jesus?!?!
To be sure it was not the same as worship last March
Before everyone began sheltering at home during the pandemic.
Yet while we didn’t sing,
We found new ways to adorn our praise with the organ and hymn leader.
While we only spoke the Lord’s Prayer as group,
We heard the confession with new ears
As the Assisting minister offered it on behalf of everyone.
While we didn’t great one another with hugs and handshakes
(as much as we wanted to!!).
We are starting to read each other’s eyes better
As an indication of the deep, full smiles concealed by our masks
And the best change of all:
We were able to extend our worshipping community
Into homes and locations far and wide.
Sure we have plenty still to learn and grow:
Getting the right sound level for speaking, singing and music …
Finding the right mask for me to speak most distinctly and clearly …
Learning how to wear masks so they don’t fog glasses …
Which ironically enough serves as a indicator
as to why we are all wearing masks in the first place.
Breath goes everywhere!
Brighter light on the pulpit …
Replacing the sound equipment that malfunctioned in the second service
just as I was starting to preach….
(Trying not to take that personally!?!)
All in all though, what a delight-full day to be church together
In the presence of God who takes such delight in us
And whose Spirit is so clearly at work among us!
I can hardly wait to see where the Spirit leads next!