Erin's Journals

Friday, April 10, 2020

Just a thought… If there is one thing that is constant in this world, it is the power of music. [Josh Groban]

It’s Good Friday and on this holy day for so very many, we bow our heads for a few moments in thanks. For sacrifice. For suffering in the name of others, – something we’re seeing all around us as those people who work to keep a wobbly world turning as best it can give all they have to lighten the load of those of us fortunate enough only to be tasked with staying in and staying safe. And for faith.

We reflect on the teachings of our past, the beliefs we hold now and the strength we’re being called upon to find within ourselves. These days, it is easier to put ourselves in the shoes of others – those for whom we may have barely spared a thought in the past.

Those who are alone – all the time.

Those who live with the uncertainty of where their next meal or place to sleep is going to be.

Those who suffer through anxiety and addiction, who live in their own personal hell day after day, and who are so often shunted to the sidelines as we go about our daily lives. So busy. So centered on ourselves.

If the teachings of holy books have crossed your mind more than usual during this past month, perhaps they have been thoughts of kindness, of sharing, of treating others how we ourselves would want to be treated. The simple act of remembering and connecting with those who want to hear our voices or simply know they’re being remembered has been appreciated more than we ever could have imagined.

And as the calendar blurs and one anticipated event after another gets a big black line drawn through it, we focus not on what’s going on outside our lives, but within them. On those we cherish. Those we miss. Those who need our thoughts and care more than ever before.

Jesus said, “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

And on this day, we are reminded more than ever of the importance of kindness. So it’s perfect that I have this beautiful piece to share with you. On February 5th, Jann Arden paid a visit to Doane Uschool, a registered charitable organization, to record a cover of the song “Try a Little Kindness” made famous by Glen Campbell.

Here’s a link. Take a moment to watch Jann and 165 of these beautiful students. I promise that it’ll raise your spirits and maybe even raise some money for their kids’ music charity.

Smile and sing along as I did and take in the bright hope that emanates from each of these children’s faces. Maybe you’ll be inspired to make a little donation – or music – of your own. And I’ll be back with you tomorrow.

Rob WhiteheadFriday, April 10, 2020