Beauty and music have that effect on us — they are the most personal and intimate of lovers. Music can make us feel as if we are the only ones who exist in the universe. Beauty can so fill us with love and awe and wonder that, like David on the hillside watching over his sheep, all we can conceive of is ourselves and the voice that called us beloved before we even had a name. ~ Jonathan Martin, Prototype
One of my favourite pieces of music is “O magnum mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen. I was introduced to the piece at a live performance by the choir at the university where my sister is a professor. The choir members were scattered throughout the room, mingled among the audience. As the music started, I could hear the voices of the singers standing near me and at the same time the rich blending of all the voices filled the space. The impression of singing along with the choir was amazing. For six and a half minutes, all of us in the audience sat spellbound by the beauty of the music. As the final notes quietly faded to silence, it was almost as if the audience was waking from a dream. I know I’d forgotten the rest of the people were even in the room with me, that was the power of the beauty of the music and the performance.
In these moments of transfixing beauty, when words fail me to the point that I almost seem to forget I have the power of speech, there is a place within my soul that reaches for communion with God. Beauty becomes the medium by which I am connected with the Divine One, and the language through which my soul is restored and expanded.
This is Day 30 of 31 Days of Soul Tending and the focus is nurturing my senses by experiencing and celebrating all kinds of beauty, in this case the beauty of human voices blending together to create beauty that defies description, opening my soul to God.
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