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Sun, Jan 16, 2022

The Blended Shout

In this Sunday’s passage, with text taken from Ezra 3: 10-13, builders are laying the foundation for a second temple since the first had been destroyed during the occupation. The formerly exiled Israelites witnessing the construction of the structure released shouts of joy and shouts of mourning. The young folks were excited by the prospect of a new temple, while the elders were saddened because the temple will not be as grand as the former. Because of their age they also contemplated the possibility of not being alive to see the temple’s completion. While their incongruent shouts were indistinguishable to listening ears, Pastor Victor tells us that God heard and responded to the blended shouts.

Our preacher has us reminisce about cherished duets’ sweet sopranos paired with tenors and baritones to make beautiful music together. These blended vocal ranges are quite pleasing to our ears. He goes on to have us reflect on these last two years of living in a pandemic, witnessing racial injustice, disastrous weather events, and legislators determined to thwart our nation’s progress toward equality. For some the pandemic has basically left them unfazed, watching their investments grow, working from home, enjoying more family time and long-awaited vacations. Their shouts are filled with joy for they feel they have made it through, even prospering during the pandemic.

Conversely, countless others have suffered the heartbreaking passing of loved ones, ill-health, job and property losses, or economic insecurity during this pandemic-impacted, tumultuous time. Some people are experiencing depressing social isolation, and still others, for example, those in the medical field, essential staff, educators, and caregivers in nursing homes have daily exposure to the virus due to their line of work. They are shouting because of their pain, hardship, feelings of hopelessness and weariness.

My beloved, no matter the source of the shout be very sure that God hears our blended cries of joy and pain. He hears us and He will act in response. The Lord is with us in the dark of night and the light of day. He will see us through every situation. Our struggles, our despair, and our sorrows are no match for the sovereign power of our living God. Praise the Lord at all times for when praises go up blessings do come down. So, raise your voice in a blended shout to the heavens, for God is always listening. God is always moving, and He is doing a new thing.
Duration:24 mins 14 secs

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