I love the thought of the created world living in harmony with each other … yet at times we want to go it alone. As Passion Week approaches, the crowds are rich in song and praise, yet all too quickly Jesus will be alone.
When life is joyous and fulfilled, it is as though we are one with our Creator God, when the orchestra of life is rich, a full bodied tone reaches out and fills our soul … yet there are other times when our life is like a solo oboe player, playing a soulful tune…waiting for the instruments of life to re-join the music.
I wrote this prayer a number of years ago to remind me of the joyous praises as Jesus enters Jerusalem, the loneliness as the week progresses, then returning to the hope and euphoria of the resurrection.
You made the world.
In creation we see the wonder of your handiwork… the animals, and rolling hills.
In our humanity we see, we feel , we sense your presence
Surrounding us, embracing us, and sustaining us.
In this creative atmosphere,
An artistic process occurs.
You call us…A Voice …a melody …a song .
You become the conductor to a wonderful symphony .
The sweet solo song of the Lark ascending from earth to sky.
The musical notes of our conversation with each other.
The excited and enthusiastic melodies of the ultimate joy
In knowing you are near and guiding us.
Creation and humankind come together in harmony,
To sing a chorale of unity and wholeness.
Where our song is sweet and our spirits soar at the very sound of you.
You are the conductor, the composer …of all that is.
There have been times
When we want to go it alone.
When we think we can create and compose
A sweeter and more distinctive sound.
We have listened to our own voice.
Clashing noises have been heard.
Our pride and self-centredness create disharmony,
And we find ourselves alone.
The grand symphony has gone
And the loneliness of individuals hearts wander aimlessly,
Longing to be re-united,
with the harmony of creation , humankind and you.
Forgive us our arrogance
Forgive us our pride
Forgive us for destroying the harmony of others.
In the silence, let us ask for forgiveness.
Thank you for your forgiveness and
healing our wounded spirits
Thank you for enabling us to join the orchestra of your creation.
Where voices, hearts and spirits can mingle together
Until we become a permanent member of your eternal musical creation…. Amen