Singing as Incarnation

April 30, 2017- Meagan Johnson relating Psalm 98:1-9 to bringing our voices together.

“In the beginning,” the Genesis creation story goes, “when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.” The word that here is translated as “wind from God” is “Ruach Elohim,” which means wind, spirit, or breath. The very first thing God does in creating, this story tells us, is move God’s breath. Later in Genesis, of course, God breathes the breath of life into the first man made of dust, Adam. When we breathe, we are also breathing the breath God first breathed into us. Incarnation means to take on human form or to be made manifest. It’s used in our tradition to talk about Jesus’ incarnation – being “made human” from divine substance. But then we’re told that we are the body of Christ. We have the breath of God in us, right? When we sing together, as the body of Christ, using the the breath of God, I believe we are incarnating something sacred. When we use our breath to sing, we can help make audible God’s presence in the world. 

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