Music directors, I believe, are in the same category as retail owners. We are always looking ahead to the next season. What is going to be the latest style and best seller? During Christmas I was looking for our Easter (palm Sunday) program and nothing I saw inspired me. I listened to some of our previous presentations and ultimately decided on a Tenebrae service we had done 3 years ago. The music is inspiring and the message is powerful. These services are usually offered on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday because they are services of darkness so the decision to do it on Palm Sunday went against prior traditions. This concerned me and after getting the music ready and dispersed I began to doubt my choice. Was it too soon to repeat this? Should I have waited a little longer to see if something else would have come along? Did I panic because the window of rehearsal time for choir and orchestra to get it ready was closing?
One restless night I prayed and asked God to confirm that I was on the right track. The next morning, I was reading in Proverbs chapter 8, and verse 17 stood out for me. “I love those who love me and those who seek me diligently shall find me.” I wrote it in my journal and as I often do I read the previous entry I had journaled.
On Dec 29th, from Isaiah 51: 16, I wrote: “I have put my words in your mouth and hid you in the shadow of my hand.”
Our Palm Sunday music is called: “Song of the Shadows.” I had my confirmation.
“Lord, it is so awesome to serve you as you lead me to the message you would have me choose. Thank you for the honor of being your instrument through which your message is so powerfully passed on through music and the spoken word. Thank you that in the shadow of your hand comes inspiration, joy and peace. Help me to serve you with humility and not take pride in the offering; and give me wisdom to know the difference. In Your name, amen.