Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
It’s not exactly in the Bible, but it does seem to be true. And nowhere is absence doing a better job of making hearts grow fonder than in the congregations of our churches. I see it everywhere I look – God’s people have a built-in desire to be with God’s people.
The choirs of our churches are feeling it on another level. There are many things you can do via the internet. Bible studies, committee meetings, worship services, and more are all happening through technology in this time of isolation. But there is only one way to really do choir – and that is for people to be together and doing the same thing at the same time. Oh, you can do “virtual choir” but you can’t really do “choir.”
That’s the beauty of it. Choir is the exercise of many people doing the same thing in precision with each other at the same time. It takes discipline, practice, focus, and intensity. And the contribution of each becomes integral to the outcome of the whole. Without each voice the choir is less than it should be and is with each voice. No wonder we miss it so much. We just can’t do it by ourselves.
That longing you feel to be back at church with your church family? It is completely right to feel that way. That longing you feel to be back at choir with your fellow worshipers? Totally appropriate right now.
Read Psalm 84, a psalm written for the Choir Director. Verse 4 says, “How happy are those who reside in your house, who praise you continually.” (CSB)
Sounds like the psalmist was longing for church and choir.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.