Today’s Reading: Psalm 133:1 and Hebrews 10:24-25

I LOVE to sing! It lightens my heart, brings me joy, and helps me express myself when I don’t have the words. I have a confession, though – I’m not that great of a singer. I know we’ve been talking about how everyone has a unique voice, but the truth is I’m just not that good.

The good news is that I don’t have to be, though! For most of my life, I’ve sang in various choirs. The reason I love singing in choirs so much is because, while my voice may not be great, when we come together, the sound is beautiful. I find such great joy in listening and participating when different voices and different tones are singing different parts and harmonies! I’ve found it to be a very spiritual experience. Perhaps even more amazingly, I’ve found that when I’m singing with others, my own voice improves. Being surrounded by other voices helps me to stay on pitch, for others have the ability to steady and strengthen my own voice.

This isn’t too different from our faith walk, I think: it’s easier when we walk together! Today’s scripture instructs us to meet together regularly so that we can “provoke one another to love and good deeds” and encourage one another. When we are surrounded by other people who are seeking after the same truth and goodness as we are, we can steady and strengthen one another, just like voices in a choir. We can pray for and hold one another up. A choir can make a beautiful and big sound; a faith community can make a beautiful and big impact on the world! May you be bolstered each week as we gather together in love and hope.

“The best, most beautiful, and the most perfect way that we have of expressing a sweet concord of mind to each other is by music. – Jonathan Edwards