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Wednesday Wondering - October 11, 2023

Wednesday Wondering - October 11, 2023


Good morning fellow travellers along the way,

Usually when I do my mid-week I have a piece of scripture, a reflection and a prayer but today I thought of something different. I was listening to music this morning and this piece came up and as I listened to it I thought about how appropriate it was for us right now and so I offer this to you today.


"One Voice" by The Wailin’ Jennys


This is the sound of one voice

One spirit, one voice

The sound of one who makes a choice

This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of one voice


This is the sound of voices two

The sound of me singing with you

Helping each other to make it through

This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices two


This is the sound of voices three

Singing together in harmony

Surrendering to the mystery

This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of voices three


This is the sound of all of us

Singing with love and the will to trust

Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust

This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of all of us


This is the sound of one voice

One people, one voice

A song for every one of us

This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of one voice1


In listening to this song I focused in on a couple of lines of the lyrics, “The sound of me singing with you, helping each other make it through.” And, “This is the sound of all of us, Singing with love and the will to trust.” This is really what this time is about isn’t it. It is about us knowing that with each other’s help we can and will make it through this time in which we currently find ourselves. But it is more than that too. It is about love and trust. It is about showing those around us, our families, our church community, our wider community, that we continue to love them in the midst of these difficult times. It is reaching out as we are able to those who need to hear that they are not alone in the midst of this time.


We find ourselves living in very different times right now. We live in a world that is being pulled apart by war and conflict, hatred and division, and sometimes it is difficult to know what to do. It is challenging in the midst of all of what is happening in the world to remember that we too are on a journey together, a journey that we where we really don’t know the outcome. But in all that is happening we know that we are not journeying alone. We come together in communities of love and support to make our way through this world together. Although times may seem to be dark, and the future ahead is unknown we are not alone for God is always with us. We journey this time with God and with each other.


We also know that in our faith stories many times those who followed Jesus found themselves so alone, confused, and unsure of what to do. They must have felt like they were living through some very dark times. Just like many of us today. One of the last things that Jesus did with the disciples was to gather them together in community, and in community they journeyed through the remainder of what they faced together. We too have community with which to journey through our dark times and it is in community that we are sustained. It is in community and family where that love and trust will help us make it through this time. I suppose that that is why this song spoke to me so strongly today. Know that we are not alone, that we are walking this way together, trusting in God, trusting in community, and trusting in each other.


Prayer

God of deep abiding presence, we ask that you make your presence known to us today, in the midst of the struggle and strife of this world, in the midst of this journey that we are taking to an unknown future. Give us the wisdom to find you in the faces of those around us, in the love shown by this community of faith. Give us the strength to be your presence to others in the midst of this rather confusing, challenging, and sometimes dark world. We ask all of this in the name of the one who came offering peace to a suffering world, your son, Jesus. Amen.


  1. Written by Ruth Moody, released in 2004 on the album 40 Days by the Wailin Jennys.

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