In this season when we are unable to meet physically, we wanted to help foster community through the sharing of songs, prayers or reflections.
I chose ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ because it reminds us no matter what’s going on in the world, that in God, it is well with our souls. This song is important to me because it was my late Great-Grandfather’s favourite song and it is a very beautiful song and I can see why he had loved it so much.
This video of the Toronto Symphony playing together while in social isolation touched me deeply. I feel encouraged by the unity even as they (and we) are physically apart. The melody of “Lord of the Dance” may be heard as they play Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”.
Our family loves the Christian industrial band Skillet. We recently went together to see them in concert in Abbotsford. Last weekend, lead singer John Cooper and his wife Korey posted the verse that inspired the band's song ‘Anchor’, Hebrews 6:19. "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast..." Since reading the Facebook post, ‘Anchor’ has been the most requested song on Spotify in our house. CJ would like to share the verse from Hebrews and the song with congregation. In CJ's words, "Jesus will help us stand through this.”
My favorite song as a child was Jesus Loves Me. I love the version from the movie “The Bodyguard” with Whitney Houston.
I thought this poem, by Lynn Ungar, was very applicable to Kelli’s sermon on Sunday. I like the way this one depicts how we can use this time of social distancing and quarantine to be a sabbath. I also like how in this poem the author describes that we can still “reach out” without physically being together.
I grew up on a farm and as a child belonged to a community 4-H Poultry Club. Every spring my Dad would purchase two hundred, one-day old baby chicks for me to care for. I loved those fluffy baby chicks as they scattered about under the heat lamps in a small chicken barn. I would often spend time sitting on the floor of wood shavings while the chicks crawled over my legs and arms as they explored their world.
It’s no wonder I love it that both King David and Jesus used the image of the mother hen protecting her chicks under her wings to teach us about God’s unfailing love toward us.
Psalm 91:4 “He will cover you with His feathers. He will shelter you with His wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” NLT
Luke 13:34 Jesus’ says, “How I want to gather you together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, …” NLT
Under His wings is a wonderfully comforting place in times of anxiety and a delightfully “happy place” in the pleasant times of life. For the same sentimental reason that I love this image, I also appreciate the words of a favorite hymn “Under His Wings”.
During this time, it is important to remember to enjoy the little things and to remember how amazing the Lord is. The lyrics in the song “So Will l” by Hillsong Worship make me pause every time I see something new, because the song describes the amazing ways that God speaks to all of us and how incredible the work that he has done. My favorite little pieces of the lyrics are: “Every painted sky, a canvas of Your grace, If creation still obeys You so will I” and “Every part designed in a work of art called love”