Music – (Noun): The science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity. Vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) combined in such a way as to produce beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
That is the technical definition. so how do you define the music in your life?
We are surrounded (at times bombarded) by music each and every day from multiple sources. The radio, television, grocery store, coffee shoppe, and medical offices. Most of the time the music becomes background noise to accompany our daily lives and activities, although we all recognize the musical jingles for Coke, insurance companies, and airlines.
The music we hear in church is in many ways like those commercials from television and radio. The music draws us in, it reminds us of the seasons of the church, times of loss, and times of celebration. Lo, He comes in clouds descending – Advent, Silent Night – Christmas Eve, When I survey the Wondrous Cross – Lent, and Jesus Christ is risen today – Easter.
Music of Baptism, Marriage, and funerals conjure up memories of celebration and remembrance. The Baptism of a child into the body of Christ. The beginning of two lives joined in Marriage and the celebration of a life well-lived as we give back to God what he has created.
Music can express what we cannot speak. In these difficult times when we are feeling the separation from friends and family, the grief of the tremendous loss of life, employment, and stability. Pull out our hymns or favorite recordings and let the music Speak for us, Lift us up, and Energize us, as we journey through these tough times.