Blessings to you, dear readers

This past year was tumultuous, fraught with division and upheaval. How do I find comfort in this broken world? Through humor, faith, and music.

I suppose the trifecta of stress relief for me would be a comical piece of sacred music. I’m sure if I searched long enough I could find one.

But since I’m relaxing in the aftermath of the holiday frenzy, I offer you Psalm 67, as my prayer for you, dear readers. This beautiful text was set to music by Eric William Barnum.

I grew familiar with Barnum’s stunning work when Patrick and I sang in the acapella choral group, Divisi. Our concert repertoire always included at least one of his modern compositions. Even though you can only see two singers in the video, the rest of us stood in the periphery, singing Psalm 67 in the round.

Divisi – Photo by Chris Olmstead Photography, used with permission

 

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us—
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

How do you find solace in a troubled world?

 

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23 thoughts on “Blessings to you, dear readers

  1. Thank you for sharing this BEAUTIFUL music. Am I bit jealous of your ability to sing? Yes, okay, yes, I admit it. I used to be in a church choir when I was younger, before my voice changed in my teens and I no longer had the ability. I LOVED that singing. You are blessed. xo

    • Thank you, Pam. Voice change can be the worst. So many young singers of both sexes are disappointed when after puberty their clear soprano voices are missing. Thank you for giving this music a listen. Contemporary choral music is the best and I want to spread the word about its unique beauty. Happy New Year!

  2. I hope you do return to sing in the spring, Molly. The music is beautiful and I would imagine that every minute of singing it reinforces that beauty and peace.
    Happy New Year.

    • Thank you, Karen. I do love the music and may be drawn back into it. The practices can be less than peaceful as we maneuver through the chords, but he rewards are worth every moment of it. Happy New Year to you!

  3. Without faith by grace this world would just be dust. How cool you sang in the choir. I did for years in our church choir, with worship team and sung a few special music solos during services. I dropped out of singing the last couple of years but after hearing this year’s Christmas choir at church I was motivated to go back. Their rendition of “Mary Did You Know” was a huge blessing and left me weeping. I love this scripture, so similar to our pastor’s weekly blessing from Numbers 6:25. And so I say to you dear Molly…”May the LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace”. Hope your Christmas was Merry and Happy New year to you and yours!

    • You are so right about faith by grace, Terri. It makes our life on earth make sense. There will be a new heaven and a new earth and all will be made right. How wonderful that you sing, too, Terri! I am so glad you are going back to it. Thank you for the blessing from Numbers. Patrick and I have sung those words many times in a church quartet. Happy New Year to you, my friend.

  4. Beautiful, Molly!
    I am impressed by all of your talents – career, writer, humorist, singer, There;s more than a trifecta there! 🙂

    • Thank you, Donna. I began taking singing lessons at age 49 and discovered a passion for singing. I haven’t written much about it, but wanted to share my love of contemporary choral music with this post. I am thinking of returning to Divisi to sing this spring. I miss it so much. I continue to sing in my church choir, but long for the resonant chords of modern choral music.

  5. Thank you, Molly, for posting this beautiful music! I just closed my eyes and let it sweep over me. Absolutely stunning!!!

    • That’s what I hoped people would do, Noreen. I’m glad you liked it. We went to Divisi’s concert earlier this month and it was fantastic. I might go back and sing with them in the spring semester. 🎼

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