Hello Trinity Family,
These days, worship for me feels nothing like it did a year ago. The music is recorded separately in advance and the parts of worship come together in individual segments recorded in various places. Because of this, I didn’t learn that Jude Maloney had passed away until after the music for Reconciling in Christ Sunday was recorded. Editing joyful and affirming hymns like Shine Jesus Shine proved incredibly difficult for me as grief resonated through our Lutheran community.
I encourage us as we continue to boldly affirm and reconcile differences, to allow ourselves to grieve. In the words of our National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, “Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: That even as we grieved, we grew, That even as we hurt, we hoped, That even as we tired, we tried, That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious—Not because we will never again know defeat But because we will never again sow division.”
Today’s meditation is my own arrangement of a traditional Catholic hymn prayed or sung during funerals. These verses of the Dies Irae (verses 7 and 8 beginning “Quid Miser Sum”) capture the difficult and complicated emotions that accompany unexpected loss.
The link to the video is HERE.
Here is the hymn text for your reflection:
What then shall I, a sinner, say?
Who can I ask to pray for me,
When even the just man fears his safety?
O King of awful majesty
Who saves the chosen, freely,
Save me, o font of mercy!Amen