Swaying to the Music

swaying choir

At a concert by the St. Olaf Choir, I watched as choir members gently swayed back and forth to the melody of one particular song. I noticed how they were in sync with each other in their swaying and how the swaying seemed to bring extra energy and harmony to their voices. The swaying proved to be an effective way of expressing the style and message of the music.

This visual brought to mind for me the way we as members of the Church sway in sync with each other in our work for the Lord. When one near us goes one way, we all lean that way. When we get out of step in life, it is easy for us to get back into the rhythm of the life of faith in motion by so many around us.

The following verse comes to mind for me in Paul’s description of the body of Christ:

If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26

We sway in the way that one member is going so that we can be a help and support to him or her. We are never alone in the body of Christ. We always have people around us who are moved by the Spirit to care for us and love us and surround us, no matter what we are going through. The song of our salvation in Christ continues in and through us in every major and minor and dischordant key we are in. Our lives blend together when we have a common goal of serving others. Keep swaying with one another until that day when we join with the choirs of heaven in praise to the Great Conductor, our almighty God.

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