"This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of the One who makes the choice
This is the sound of one voice..."
We often feel that we are so alone in the thoughts we think. That what we care about...our hopes, dreams, values, and visions...are our own. But what if this song by the Wailing Jennys, "One Voice," is the truth of our one being, founded and grounded in one Spirit. This one Spirit is the sweet wind that blows through us making music grand and gentle.
"...This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two..."
I've often wondered why we long for companionship. Why the Bible promises that God, "setteth the solitary in families." If we are already united in the oneness of Spirit, why do we hunger for this two-ness?
For me, it boils down to consistency of being. Whether it is in a marriage, or an enduring friendship...parenting a child or a lifetime of sharing memories as siblings...these one-on-one relationships serve as a window on the consistency of our progress as patient, kind, compassionate, nonjudgmental selflessness beings. It is one thing to be kind to a stranger or an acquaintance in a moment of inspiration...but to be consistently kind to our husband, sister, best friend, daughter...this is something quite divine.
"...This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three..."
Sharing our love with another is pure joy. Staring into the eyes of our beloved, or communing with a bestest and dearest friend is sweet bliss. But opening the arms of that precious relationship to include another...a child, a new friend, someone in need... expands our reach. Or as the Bible says, it "enlarges the place of thy tent;...stretches forth the curtains of thine habitations: spares not, lengthens thy cords, and strengthens thy stakes..." Our stake in humanity...our humanity...is strengthened when we selflessly share someone we love with another someone.
I saw this so clearly earlier this summer at camp. Our twins, Emma and Clara, share everything. They love eachother so devotedly. They live, sleep, play, learn, travel, and work together all year long. They share many good friends, but there is always a sense of their oneness...within the context of any friendship. But this summer they opened their arms to include their cousin Tatiana. There were so many times when I would catch sight of Emma (or Clara) with Tati, while Clara (or Emma) engaged in other activities, Or sometimes, it was both girls with Tati, and there was such a deep sense of inclusiveness that you could actually see it in their eyes, their body language..hear it in their laughter. This opening up of their love for one another to include Tati was beautiful to see.
"...This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it will turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us..."
No matter how many are within the tent, we are not just individual tents...nomadic tribes in a searing vast desert of unrealized human hopes and broken dreams...huddling around our family fires in sympathy with one another, and for solace. We are a village with a great Father who loves us, and is leading us all in a rising song of harmony, joy, and unity.
Our dreams are shared dreams, and they are supported, sustained, and realized by our one hope to live together in peace and unity...fellowship and cooperation. We are not isolated, solitary, self-determined mortals who must look out for ourselves, or be left to starve in the desert. We are one spiritual family caring for one another's needs, cherishing eachother's dreams, looking for opportunities to enlarge the place of our tent by taking another in and feeding him at our table piled high with love.
"...This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice..."
This is the sound of one voice because that one voice...echoing through the chambers of memory and expectation...is God's. And each of us can pick up the tone, rhythm, and melody of that divine voice and join in a song of:
"Pure humanity, friendship, home, the interchange of love, [which] bring to earth a foretaste of heaven. They unite terrestrial and celestial joys, and crown them with blessings infinite."
- Mary Baker Eddy
Listen carefully and you will hear its soft strains...of Love...
Kate Robertson, CS
[photo credit: Christian Hagenlocher 2009]