November 19, 2010 | 11:56 am

Friday – Life Is Like a Musical



I love shows on Broadway. For a few hours an intriguing plot and moving music transport me to another place. As much as I enjoy the performances, they seem removed from the reality of life. Who breaks into song during conversations?! I thought the same thing when reading today’s text. The Israelites have just been saved from their enemy after an intense period of being hunted down. To celebrate, they break into chorus singing, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously” (Exodus 15:1). It seems more Broadway than real life. Yet there is a sense in which it represents exactly what we do every day. We find a way to incorporate music into the routines of our lives. Just look around while walking the streets. You’ll notice the omnipresent ear buds of people listening to their favorite songs. I think we need a little music to help us along our way. Maybe that is why the Psalmist said, "I solve life’s riddle with the help of a harp” (49:4).