Minute Meditations

God Sings. I Sing Back.

Father and son flying a kite

We often think of obedience as compliance with a command. But this would make God some sort of exalted drill sergeant. In my experience, most of the time, God doesn’t command. Rather, God sings, and I sing back.

The singing, I mean, can be as jubilant as the red of God-made tomatoes, as the soaring of a kite or the splashing of children in a pool. The singing is my heart’s joyous response. But God’s singing can also be as heavy as the fragrance of lilies in a funeral home, heavy as the news of a friend’s grief. God’s singing can be as light as harpsichord music or a spring outing, as sad as the howling of a night train or the evening news. It can be cheerful, enchanting, challenging, amusing. In everything we experience we can hear God singing, if we listen attentively.

—from the book The Way of Silence: Engaging the Sacred in Daily Life
by Brother David Steindl-Rast

Way of Silence | Franciscan Media

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