Saw What Was Coming

May 26, 2019: Habakkuk 3; Psalms 77; Jeremiah 7.

I sought out Bev, who would be speaking at the Nursing Home Service, during the greeting time at church. I wanted to share the hymns I chose to go with her sermon.

But there was a last-minute change of plans. Paula would be speaking. I tracked her down and asked her sermon topic.

The hymns did not go with it. It couldn’t be helped. We decided to sing them anyway. If only I could have seen what was coming.

Habakkuk 3:10, “Mountains saw what was coming. They twisted in pain. Flood waters pour in. …” The Message

You know what they say: “When it rains, it pours.”

At the nursing home, I sat down at the Steinway and played the first chord. There was an odd thud. I opened the piano but couldn’t see anything. I moved up an octave and the thud was still there.

I found the lady in charge and told her there was something wrong with the piano.

“There can’t be,” she replied, “they just tuned it yesterday.”

I couldn’t demonstrate because the service had started. I told her I wasn’t going to play it. We sang acapella while the piano was deadly silent.

Jeremiah 7:34, “…no holiday sounds. Dead silence.” The Message

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