Natural disasters. Civil unrest. In challenging times fear can be widespread. To help shift fear to faith, Silent Unity is inviting the world community to unite in prayer for 30 days by affirming the following prayer: The healing, harmonizing spirit of God is present in my life and all life. Peace, order, harmony, and well-being are restored.
A New Life—A New Song
By Daniel Nahmod
Reprinted from Daily Word®
Several years ago, I experienced an awakening. Day after day, I had sat at my desk at my computer programming job, more or less pretending to work. I realized the life I was living was a life I no longer wanted to live.
I decided to move from Chicago to Los Angeles, and in 1998, I began my new life as a singer/songwriter. Soon after I arrived, I volunteered at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with my guitar, singing for patients, nurses and administrators. I sang for people in comas and watched as they moved to the rhythm of the music. Elderly patients would hum along to familiar songs. …
In 2005, just after Hurricane Katrina, I received a call from my friend, Rev. Richard Rogers. We talked about how we might be of help to the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
We met at the Houston airport and drove to the Houston Astrodome, where thousands of displaced people filled this gigantic building. They were people without homes to go to, without a job to report to, without a structure to their lives. Richard walked the floor shaking hands, hugging people, offering comfort. I played my guitar and sang songs during two of the most intense and profoundly heartbreaking days I have ever experienced.
The fear and absolute bewilderment were palpable. As I walked from cot to cot, in the middle of the most chaotic, disruptive, disturbing scene I’d ever witnessed, I stopped frequently to talk with individuals. I came to one elderly woman sitting on her cot, holding her head in her hands. A little girl, her granddaughter, was sitting by her.
I asked this woman, “Would you like to hear a song?” She waved her hands in the air as if to say, “whatever.” I sat down next to her and asked, “Would you do me a favor? I think you’re going to know this song. Close your eyes and sing it with me.”
I started playing “What a Wonderful World,” and she began to sing ever so quietly with me. Her eyes were closed and so were her granddaughter’s. I closed my eyes as well, and for four minutes or so there was no Astrodome, no despair, no Katrina. There was just the beauty of that song. We were lifted up and transported—not physically, but emotionally and spiritually—to the safest place imaginable.
In those few moments, the work of my life gained greater clarity. I’m aware that when I sing a song, whether it’s in a hospital room or a large auditorium, for four or five minutes I am sharing a vision. It’s a feeling, an instinct and hopefully a wisdom. It’s a drop of consciousness—a safe space.
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