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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDmaZBX1Tew

Love the acoustic guitar in Buddy Greene’s version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37UiNO0BncU

A lovely solo from Amanda Marie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zx1f7uqEXU0

Mourning Dove:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Mourning_Dove/media-browser-overview/479700
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eerXWh6j6_4

Cardinal:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Cardinal/sounds
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!
SuZan
© 2020 SuZan Klassen