Friday, September 24, 2010
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise! (James 5:13)
A little birdie told me that people won't comment on my Make Joyful Noise themes because I list too many examples. So today I'll limit myself to a description and one story. I hope my readers will step up with more stories and examples of their own.
Motors and engines aren't necessarily joyful noise to most people. I played organ at a church in South Minneapolis for a year, and the nearby airport was a recurring cause of annoying noise for the surrounding community. I know there are certainly times and places where the noise of airports is anything but joyful, but for the most part the sounds of airplane jet engines have positive connotations for me.
For one thing, I love to travel, and the moment of departure is always a moment of excitement, with a palpable sense of potential. The destination hardly matters to me. I simply love the different atmosphere of a new place, and the chance to explore and experience new things. Of course, the return trip is also a joy, and being reunited with a loved one upon his return is also a fantastic moment. Thus, the sound of airplanes represents either hope for a new adventure or the comfort of being reunited - both joyful events that transform the jet engine noise to beautiful music to my ears.