I watched “The Soloist” last week.  A number of aspects of the movie resonated with my experiences serving homeless individuals in Atlanta.  However, there is one scene that struck me more than the others.  

Steve Lopez gives a cello to Nathaniel Ayers, in an alcove of the L.A. overpass where he lives.  And, as Nathaniel begins to play the instrument, cars speed by the two men.

The sound of traffic fills the air, but the sound of music coming from the cello gradually overcomes it.

And it made me think about the music playing all around us.

It’s so hard for us to hear it sometimes.

The traffic is loud.  The people rush by.  Messages are thrown at us at break-neck speed.

But the music is playing.  And if we tune our ears to it, then we will find that its beauty enraptures us.  It stands in stark contrast to the barrage of noise that usually fills our ears.  It is other-worldly.  

It is a different song with different words.  They are words that promise there is life beyond this soil and purpose beyond the world’s expectations.   

And if we tune our hearts to hear this song, we will realize that all of creation has joined the chorus. 

It is the song we were created to sing.

Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done this wondrous thing.  Shout for joy, O depths of the earth!  Break into song, O mountains and forests and every tree!  For the Lord has redeemed Jacob and is glorified in Israel.  (Isaiah 44:23, NLT)

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