Sacred Music Sunday: All Creatures of Our God and King
In the last few weeks, it feels like the world has turned upside down. With the COVID-19 global pandemic, many of us have had to give up large parts of our lives, with no indication of when things will return to normal. Last Sunday, I found myself with a big hole where church used to be.
I sat on my couch with my cat and my roommates’ dogs, and I felt very alone. For all the times I get upset about church culture and about some pulpit rhetoric that fails to live up to the gospel, I do find communal worship to be a comfort, and it’s challenging to have that comfort removed in such trying times.
The pets sat with me, and I saw the hummingbirds sip nectar from the feeder I had hanging outside. I looked into the backyard and saw mourning doves walking across my lawn. Even though I couldn’t praise God with other humans, I could still praise God with other parts of creation.
Until it’s safe for us to gather together again, I’m going to worship with the animals. I’ll join St. Francis of Assisi in his request: “All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia!”