"I am large. I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Monday, August 18, 2008


"Singing is listening," Sister B said last Saturday.

This statement is profound for me on so many levels. There are people who sing without listening, who are sensitive only to themselves and not to others, and if you're a member of a choir, we all take turns getting there, I guess. We've all made that mistake at one time or another.

But what is asked of us is humility. Singing is listening. If you can't hear the person singing beside you, or can't be bothered to make the effort to do so, you are not singing, because singing is listening.

And if we get to the point that we keep our eyes on Christ when we sing, something miraculous happens: as we sing, we hear God, speaking to us, singing with us, loving us, embracing us.

It is only when we are unencumbered with how we sound to others and focus on singing our hearts out to God that we get to that Nirvana.

Singing is listening. Teach me to listen more, Lord.

(Photo credit: North Sullivan)

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