January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

January 21, 2021

Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 19:1-15; Revelation 18:11-20
Debby Hearn
Music Director and Certified Lay Speaker (formerly) 
Scenic South District
dhearn@epbfi.com  

 

Psalm 62:5-12; Jeremiah 19:1-15; Revelation 18:11-20

Devotion

Resonance

There’s a resonance when something is true, or pure, or “pitch perfect.” Have you ever had an opportunity to use a tuning fork? Once it has been “struck” it vibrates, it feels alive; and, when it’s running down the vibrations are not as smooth or precise… they begin to “quiver” or “wobble.”  Instead of the perfect synchrony in the dance of music and metric, there is the hum of slowing sound, as the ocean after the wave hits and recedes over sand and shells. Acoustics (physics of music) is to music as knowledge is to joy.

Math is also at play. The precision of the tuning pitch A-440 is a perfect mathematical wave: by that I mean that 440 cycles per second create the sound and then that “A” and only that “A” is sounded. It’s nice to know, but our joy comes from the sound of hearing the note soaring through a concert hall to tune the orchestra, or joined with other notes in harmony to form a perfect symphony.

The “pitch” of our lives is intertwined with faith. And with this vibrating faith our spirits and souls begin to “resonate” with the Spirit of Truth which Jesus promised to send. If your whole being is moved to the sway of truth, the resonance of the HOLY, the HOLY Lord God, Almighty, you are blessed.

If you can’t feel it, I’m sorry. My descriptions are pale and inadequate to “show” you something that can’t be seen with human eyes such as the vibrations of A-440. How can I bring the soul “jarring” and the soul “stirring” of the love God has for us? For you and for me?

Many people can’t or won’t allow themselves a full confrontation truth for fear of whatever it might reveal.  Fear not, though.  Because it is alright. God knows this. God’s grace sounds out before us.  That’s where that wonderful, amazing grace comes in perfect focus and perfect pitch. We all need that grace. How joyful it is when it rings out!

When you are “in tune” with someone, it means you understand one another that could be described as having an ebb and flow, a vibrating, and a resonance. Sometimes people get the “chills” when they receive some type of enlightenment, be it from scripture, books, songs or visual art. Words seem to fall short, but the gut feeling and goosebumps, the tears and wonderment that accompany a revelation in heart, mind and spirit bring that same feeling of resonance.   

The Prodigal Son found the resonance. He “came to himself.” He woke up. The spirit awakened his soul and he began to vibrate again, to live and believe that if he just went home, no matter what, his life would already be an improvement over his current fortunes in the pig trough.

The Father is waiting and watching.  God is pouring out his love, his spirit, himself. Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” in John 10:30. Jesus prays in John 17:11 “Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.” Jesus prays this prayer as he is leaving his disciples and proceeding to his Father in heaven. God resonates in Jesus, his perfect tuning fork, an instrument divinely crafted which will always ring true. As the great hymn says, “Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy praise.”

Prayer

My prayer for us comes from 1 John 2:14: “I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men and women because you are strong, and the word of God lives in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” Lord, let it be so according to your word. Echo through the ages, resonant forever as we tune our souls to your perfect will. Amen.  

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