Courage and Faith

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We’ve all heard the apt comparison of a church congregation with a choir or music ensemble. Each voice and instrument is unique, and when working together, their individual gifts produce a harmonious musical expression. The analogy is idyllic, but perhaps it’s not always as perfect as we imagine.

Anyone who has sung in a church choir knows that rehearsing is often inhibited by numerous challenges – one section can’t hear another, your neighbor sings the wrong note, the words come too fast for your eyes, the range is too high or too low, and the list goes on. We soon become mired in so many concerns that our harmonious quest is turned into tumultuous anarchy. Maybe this scenario sounds more like the Church at times?

The conductor’s vantage point is equally challenging. The conductor listens carefully and assesses the merits and problems within the ensemble, taking into consideration specific needs of the singers. Though the conductor must show empathy to each person, the needs of one singer must be balanced with the overall progress of the ensemble and the priorities within the rehearsal. In turn, each choir member has to take responsibility for their own challenges, while being willing to accept the management of progress guided by the conductor. Not easy!

Let us pray for the courage to face our own challenges and the faith to trust in God’s guidance.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6


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