Psalm 136: 1 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”
My mind is haunted with memories from this past weekend.
Luke, Abigail, Dad and I participated in our town’s opera house production of Broadway Tonight, a musical revue produced by members of our small village and several adjacent communities. We had so much fun meeting new people, reconnecting with others, and being part of a fantastic show that everyone enjoyed immensely.
Another benefit of participating is the opportunity to learn new songs I had never heard before. This past week, as I have listened to the performance of these new songs over and over again, the words have settled into my mind and I can’t get them out.
One unfamiliar piece, sung by two star-crossed lovers played by Kylie Beste and Josiah Winey, was particularly emotional. Written in the Stars by Elton John as sung in Aida speaks of lovers who are denied a life together because of political circumstances. The lyrics of the song crush the audience’s hearts as each person can relate to the tragic characters’ agony through their own experiences of lost love and disheartening circumstances.
None of us can escape experiences of disappointment because we live in a fallen world. People will let us down, whether intentionally or not. All you have to do is look at the songs we write and sing.
A young girl participating in a spelling bee sings about the pain of an absent mother and loveless father (I Love You sung by Karolyn Sabo).
An unrefined girl wishes only for a room somewhere with a chair and someone to take care of her. (Wouldn’t It Be Loverly sung by Amy Brown).
A young woman lamenting the days of happiness that seemed unending but now all her dreams have fallen apart (We Can Never Go Back to Before sung by Jillia Weisert).
A young man raised in a jungle by apes searching for his place in the world (Two Worlds from Tarzan sung by Matthew Crickard).
A group of unwanted children imagining what their parents are doing and lamenting their only mistake of giving up their child. (Maybe sung by Abigail and the kid’s choir)
One after another, the longing for something settled and unchanging was clear through the lyrics of many Broadway tunes, and all of us are drawn in by our own feelings of unsettledness.
Though we long for it desperately, belonging without fear is not something we can find on this earth. There is only one place and one Person Who can make this a reality in our lives.
Our God, is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. He is the lover of our souls. He is the perfect Father we always longed for. He is never changing and will never leave us nor forsake us. Nothing and no one can keep us from His love. He comforts our hearts in times of sorrow. He provides for our every need. He gives joy even in the worst of times. He provides hope when all seems lost. He is everything we could ever dream of or hope for.
Another Broadway Tonight show is over. I am filled with wonderful memories, but I also feel a sadness. Never again will our cast be together again in the same setting and place. Things change, people move on, and new adventures await us.
But I am forever grateful that there is a person who can fulfill all the longings of those who put their hopes and trust in Him.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”