Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Advent 3c - Philippians 4:4-7

Philippians 4:4-7

When this lesson came up at our Monday staff meeting our custodian Tammy started to sing “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” It’s a four part round I sang for years at church camp and is one of those songs that has no ending unless you just stop and though not nearly as obnoxious as “It’s a Small World After All” it can get stuck in your head. Maybe that’s the point of these four verses – not the obnoxious part – but a way of living that gets stuck in your head and has no ending unless you choose to stop. Of course sometimes stopping is a choice made for us as anxiety mounts and prayers spoken into the silence of God defy our ability to understand, which is why we sing “Rejoice in the Lord always” as a round. Four parts compelling each other to keep singing and you cannot tell who is leading or who is following and every measure has a Rejoice. It is through prayer prayed and song sung together that the peace of God transcends anxious times to guard hearts and minds and keep the song from stopping. So Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice!

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