Scripture: Psalm 27
Key verses: (13-14)
13 I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
Reflection: In a small village in France, the Taize community welcomes visitors from around the world. Founded just before World War II by Brother Roger, the community initially provided a place of refuge for children and for German POWs. Now, over 100 brothers, Catholic and from a variety of Protestant backgrounds from all around the world, provide a place of reconciliation and worship to thousands of pilgrims, young and old, each week. Worship is central to Taize, and the style of music is distinct. Brother Roger said this, about the simple contemplative style of music that characterizes Taize worship:
“Nothing is more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, at its high point, singing that never ends and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is alone again. When the mystery of God becomes tangible through the simple beauty of symbols, when it is not smothered by too many words, then prayer with others, far from exuding monotony and boredom, awakens us to heaven’s joy on earth.”
These are not songs and prayers to rush through, but to settle into. Hear, sing, and pray along with this Taize song, from our Psalm for the day. Though originally an Advent song, it speaks to us during these long weeks of Lent as well. May it accompany you through your day, and become a way of listening to God expectantly during this season.
Prayer: Lord, help me rest in you. Help me seek you. Help me wait for you. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].