New Song

The Cathedral rises in the plain.

Open echoing spaces.

Light scattered across slate floors

catching flecks of dust dancing unawares.

Windows exhibit brazen colors

unashamed among greys of buttresses.

Incense rises among priests shrouded in smoke.

A voice rises in the quiet:

    Come and sing a new song.

A new song? What kind of song?

How will we sing? Why should we sing anyway?

What is the point?

    Sing a new song to the Lord.

How will we find a new song? Who will inspire us?

How will we be able to sing in the midst of all the death and terror all around?

    Sing a new song of the wonders God’s done.

Wonders? Can there be wonders still? Perhaps there can.

Perhaps God can still work wonders even in the midst of this.

    Come and sing a new song.

She repeats the words over and over. Always the same ones, singing of new songs and wonders. It is as if she knows that there must be wonders, but they haven’t evidenced themselves yet. Can there be wonders, good wonders of God in the midst of the terror that surrounds us?

In God there is no darkness at all, but this world hides secrets in each shadow. Can there be any new wonder, any hope that we seek?

The open space oppresses like a funeral pall.

But the song still echoes through the shadows. New songs, songs of hope and trust of wonderful things that God has done, and promises still to do. Hope stands here in the midst of the shadows. Doubt threatens to overtake it, but the light of hope shines through the darkness.

The cathedral shines with a beam of sunshine, spotlighting the singer. She repeats the verse once more.

    Come and sing a new song.
    Sing a new song to the Lord.
    Sing a new song of the wonders God’s done.
    Come and sing a new song.

When she finishes her song, her face lights up with the hope that springs from the song itself. The song was inspired by God, source of all wonders.

I wrote this Taize style hymn in march. YouTube link of melody coming soon. 

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