Devotional by Dr. T. Ray Wheeler, Director of Traditional and Choral Music

I have been thinking about how we can all engage with our faith while we are trying to stay home, avoid crowds and do our part to flatten the curve of this pandemic.

Being a church musician, I naturally think of music when I think about our collective faith walk and the song that keeps coming to me is the anthem and hymn, “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether.”  I love this music and I especially love the text.  If you would like to read the complete text, it is on page 632 of our United Methodist Hymnal and is available online (the link is below).   I am particularly drawn to the third verse when I think of us in our individual houses, whether we are alone or with our immediate family.  While we carry out our daily routines of eating, cleaning, and living, I believe we can acknowledge our connection to others and to the holy God as we adjust to our new way of living in this difficult time.  Take a moment and read the text to this beautiful anthem and hymn.

Words:  Percy Dearmer
Music: Harold W. Friedell

(Verse 3)

All our meals and all our living
Make as sacraments of Thee,
That by caring, helping, giving
We may true disciples be.
Alleluia! Alleluia!
We will serve Thee faithfully.

We will serve Thee faithfully.

When I read these words, I think of intentionally offering our praise to God for the beauty of the simple, everyday tasks we perform.  This begins with showing our love and support to those closest to us.  Tell those in your household you love them often; reach out to friends and loved ones over the phone.  Then offer your everyday work to the eternal God.  God takes our smallest gifts of work, performed in love, and makes them eternal.  Make your daily living a sacrament to God!

“Do small things with great love.”
Mother Teresa