5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. 6 Hear my prayer, LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. 7 When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.
– Psalm 86:5-7, NIV
For the past two weeks, it’s been playing on repeat in my house: “O Lord, please hear my prayer.” Now, that might not be all that unexpected in a pastor’s house… but it’s not playing on repeat because of my job. It’s playing on repeat because of Keith’s.
I’m married to a high school choir director. Back when life was “normal,” Keith’s days were filled with rehearsals with his school’s Treble Choir and Mixed Choir, as well as a smaller audition-only ensemble called “Chorale.” When social-distancing guidelines and corona-related shutdowns prevented Keith from rehearsing in person with his choirs, he turned to technology.
Of course, there’s no easy way to conduct a virtual choir rehearsal. Zoom, Google Meet, and other video-chat platforms have a slight delay that prevents participants from singing together. Yet I married a man who loves technology and embraces challenge, a man who was determined to have a virtual choir experience.
He set to work, creating practice tracks and sharing his ideas with his students. They sent in audio and video recordings of themselves, recorded in twenty-four separate locations over the course of a week. Keith collected the recordings, mixed the audio, edited the video… and after hours and hours of an obsessive labor of love, his students were finally able “sing” together again.
And now, I share it with you… because their song is our prayer, in this season and every season.
O dear Lord, please hear our prayer.
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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