Surrounded by music

Published 8:56 am Wednesday, March 8, 2023

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Music surrounds my grandchildren. Almost every one of their toys sings, talks, or plays a melody. And now the older grandchildren have their own iPads. (I don’t even have an iPad!) I often think of how different times were when my children were young, but my mom’s childhood is something even I have difficulty imagining.

When my mom was a child, she didn’t even have a television in her room. Or a lamp. Or a fan. She grew up without electricity, running water, or indoor plumbing. If chicken was on the menu for supper, it was her sister Martha’s job to go in the yard to catch, kill, and clean one before it was cooked. My Mom now views photos of her great-grandchildren on her Instagram .

app on her phone. Oh, how times have changed.

But some things haven’t changed, they are just gradually discovered. Take space, for example. In the Perseus cluster of galaxies, about 250 million light years from Earth, is a giant black hole that hums. You can’t hear it, so you’ll just have to trust the scientists at NASA. The black hole sound translates to B flat and is 57 octaves below middle C, too low to be picked up by the human ear.

Despite the difference in our ages and experiences, throughout all of our lives, we’ve slept under the stars which have their own space jam. I can’t hear it, but I believe it’s the Heavens declaring the glory of God. (Psalm 19:1) Music surrounds us.

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