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The Coming of Spring and Easter February 22

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5 Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;
lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing.
6 Sing to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the voice of song.
Psalm 98

I’ve always loved stringed instruments. I especially enjoy playing the harp, partly because it has such a long and varied history behind it, as we see in today’s reading, and partly because listening to the harp often “transports” me to a different place.

But, in addition, the joyful text of Psalm 98 brings “Morning Has Broken” to my mind. As a child of the 70’s, I knew it as a Cat Stevens song. Later, when I joined The Episcopal Church, I was surprised to learn that it is actually a traditional hymn.  Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam is still singing the song all these years later. (You can find him here, leading an enthusiastic crowd in Chile.)  Just think about it:  a British pop star takes a traditional Anglican hymn, and makes it a chart-topping hit in America. Then, the pop star becomes a Muslim, and continues to bring it to diverse groups in far-flung places.

It’s a small world, after all…

About the author jmankowsky

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United Stares, where I have recently retired from public school teaching after thirty-four years. I am a nature photographer, particularly focusing on the the wide variety of birds to be found in this area. I am a keen supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon and the exceptional work that they do in education and protecting nature. It pleases me that many of the photographs I have posted here have also been displayed on the Wachusett Meadow Audubon in Princeton, MA website. I would love to connect with other primary school teachers in the hope that these photos might be useful in inspiring children to a greater connection with nature.

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