Monday, December 17, 2018

To Sing Is to Be Human: #AdventWord Day 16

Throughout history, organized movements of influence and change haved included song. When words are sung, they have the capacity to enter into the wide range of human experiences, challenge oppressive power structures, provoke the prophetic imagination, comfort the afflicted, and spark alternative visions for communities strained by generations of neglect and injustice. So it is no wonder Mary and Zechariah both sang upon the announcements of both Jesus and John’s conception. They were tapping into a cultural medium that transcended spoken and written words, because to sing is to be human and in rhythm with the holy. I think this is why we love watching and listening to kids sing so much this time of year; we are celebrating their simple and unrefined participation in the rhythm of what God is up to all around us. May we all have the eyes to see, ears to hear, and voices to sing just the same.

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