Oakland church

“How Can I Keep From Singing?”

searchThe rains and the dark storm clouds continue this week. For some of us this is a sad and stressful time of year. Even more so, to those of us who take in the wounds of the world through the news and through our own personal lives. Our experience of the world’s brokenness can shake us to our foundations. Grief, violence, sorrow, depression can stuff out the light for us, and threaten our capacity to dream, to envision, and to find creative ways to respond to the wounds we encounter in the world and in ourselves.

In the face of this we must sing, or draw, or dance, or write. We must find whatever replenishes our imaginations and restores our ability to envision and dream anew.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that refuge clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

– From the hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing?”

May we all consciously seek to follow the Divine Light, rejoicing in the love which leads us home.


Pastor Laurie

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