A Moment to Reflect

19 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect- 19

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
[Psalm 96: 1-2]

I love this particular photograph mainly because of its spontaneity. I took it on a visit to Ghana in 2011. As my colleague and I were leaving a building where we’d just a had a meeting, this woman, a Guild member, was arriving. She (not surprisingly) recognised that we were ‘the visitors from Scotland.’ Instead of greeting us with a handshake and a word of welcome, she spontaneously burst into a joyful song of praise.

As with yesterday’s photograph of villagers in Bolivia, this woman’s joy was sincere, unaffected and also infectious (as you can see from the smile on the face of the young man in the background, the local ‘catechist’ – a kind of lay preacher.)

So, the quotation to reflect upon today comes from one of my most favourite authors of all, the Psalmist who penned Psalm 96.

In the current crisis much of the news is rather gloomy and depressing but we can always find a reason to “sing to the Lord a new song.”