From now until Easter, a daily meditation for your Lenten prayers,
based on the text and music of Handel's Messiah,
written by the community of the American International Church.
All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
(Isaiah 53:6)

I was pleased our Chancel Choir was going to perform Handel's Messiah Oratorio in December.  I was glad to be rehearsing with the choir again.  I was happily sitting in the alto section – singing the glorious music – until we got to the “All We Like Sheep” chorus. 

When we came to the run of notes at the phrase “we have turned,” I lost my place.  My voice and my mind had strayed from the score.  I had allowed my personal concerns to detract me from the music.  The choir director, being used to my infrequent appearances at rehearsals, lovingly said, “Don't worry.  I understand.  I know you'll learn it in time for the performance.”

We modern women and men are so busy with ourselves that it becomes practically impossible to experience the presence of the divine in our lives.   In the midst of our busy lives, there is scarcely any room for God.  Instead of opening ourselves to God, we allow the mundane concerns of life to overwhelm us.  As Henri Nouwen so eloquently said it, “We, busy with many things, begin to seek after the small flighty sensations brought about by the artificial stimulation of the senses.”

The season of Lent is a time of turning to God, of being open to the experience of the transcendent God.  May today be a day to allow God's presence to guide all our thoughts and desires and actions.

Prayer: Gracious God, forgive me for straying from your presence.  Help me to turn back on the path toward you.  Amen.

Mary Ellen Huzzard


Listen to today's chorus "All We Like Sheep" here on Spotify or watch the video below  from the Coro Madrigale of the Orquestra Sinfônica de Minas Gerais from Brazil. 
Unfortunately, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the People's Messiah Concert for April 5 has been postponed for the time being. We will announce when it is rescheduled in future months.
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