Time of Singing

Have you noticed?

Spring came.

Nothing could stop it. Not even the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. Song of Solomon 2:12 (NKJV)

You can hear the birds and people singing even if you’re stuck inside. The words to the song: How Can I Keep From Singing, encapsulate my thoughts. I’ve added links below for your enjoyment.

How Can I Keep From Singing
(My Life Flows On in Endless Song by American Baptist minister,
Robert Wadsworth Lowry, 1869, Public Domain)

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation,
I hear the sweet, tho’ far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

Thru all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

What tho’ my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Savior liveth;
What tho’ the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I’m clinging;
Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
I see the blue above it;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it.

The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
A fountain ever springing;
All things are mine since I am his—
How can I keep from singing?

Below are links to some of my favorite interpretations of the song. If a link does not open, copy and paste the URL into your browser. (Feel free to skip any ads that may appear.)

The A Cappella Academy Choir version in honor of all those students and their choir directors (thinking of you, Kim) who didn’t get a chance to sing their spring concerts. Notice their energy. Wow!

Love the acoustic guitar in Buddy Greene’s version:

A lovely solo from Amanda Marie:

Mourning Dove:
To be fair, I think the Dove hums rather than sings. Maybe that’s why scripture says, his voice is heard instead of his song is heard.

Plea for endangered turtle dove

Scan down the webpage for more audio songs available.

Need more encouragement to chase away the chill? See my previous post: https://suzanklassen.com/2020/02/24/cheery-morning/

Need a laugh? Here’s a rare bird: https://www.cuckoopalace.com

COVID-19 couldn’t stop spring’s arrival. The birds can’t stop singing.

Why should we?

Until next time . . . Enjoy the music, Sing!
© 2020 SuZan Klassen

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