Wednesday 5th Week of Lent March 24,2021

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are threatened with death by King Nebuchadnezzar if they don’t kneel and worship his golden idol at the sound of every musical instrument.  That’s quite a threat. There is music all around us—the laughter of children, family, and friends, the singing of birds, the sigh of wind in the trees, the sound of our lover’s or best friend’s voice. To obey the king, we would have to spend a lot of time on our knees. They, of course, refused to worship the golden idol. I’m wondering, though, if Nebbie wasn’t too far from wrong. Those sounds that are music to our ears ought to evoke in us a response of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. When we hear music of any kind, let’s remember to be grateful, first for the gift of hearing, and second for the gift of the music maker. “Let those who have ears hear.”  Getty images

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