The Melody of Love

Alice Cheng

Music is an art,
Inspired by life
Enriching Life.

Music has no boundaries
Empowers interaction
Of affection
And experience,
Encouraging and comforting each other.

Life is like a song.
Its verses go around
Ages, affections, covenants,
And the eulogies of faith.

Celebration of Ages:

Birthday celebrations show a life of joy and the ages of love. Westerners’ birthday celebrations always include cakes and candies which mean being sweet and joyful. Asians usually eat noodles to gain longevity. The lighting of candles brings sparkling and making a wish brings hope. Singing a birthday song is part of the rituals of being important with the company which is more meaningful than birthday gifts. This annual common experience is a reminder of our ages of love.

Human Affections:

The Scottish folk song, Auld Lang Syne has been translated into many different languages around the world. It was composed originally in memory of the flaming days of being young and the precious moments of past friendships. In many western countries, this song is a symbol of farewell to the past and warm welcome of the new. People sing it in graduation ceremonies, to say goodbye to their beloved classmates. Life is filled with friendships. We have made many valuable friends in life to share our tears and laughter. We have enjoyed our youth of passions together. Here are two inspiring versions of Auld Lang Syne:

How can I forget my good old friends?
How can I not miss them?
Friends forever!
Parting sorrows
Hidden in heart
For tomorrow’s reminiscence
Hurrays and sighing
Sealed in hearts
Being remembered in silence.

Covenant of Love:

As the wedding bells begin to ring, the newlyweds graciously step onto the red aisle runner. The Bridal Chorus from Wagner’s Lohengrin, often called “Here Comes The Bride” fits well to be played at the beginning of the wedding for its elegance and steadiness. On the other hand, the lively recessional tune by Mendelssohn’s Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is perfect for the closing of the happy wedding. The sacred marriage system was established by the Creator for the man and woman to enter this covenant of love, keeping each other company for goodness and sadness to the end of their lives.

The passion of Faith:

Christian music is to express the believers’ passion of faith for God. Hymns are inspiring for their genuine messages within. Among the numerous hymns, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most influential!

Amazing grace! how sweet the sound,
  That saved a wretch; like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
  Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
  And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
  The hour I first believed!

The Lord hath promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

Classical music has softened the years and awakened our passion. Let’s face our ages, affections, covenants, and faith with praises and reminiscence.

Psalms 57:7 “My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.”

(Author’s credentials: Bachelor at Overseas Theological Seminary, Master of Pastoral Counseling at Chinese Mission Seminary, Former minister at Hong Kong Christ Evangelical Church and Hiulai Church)

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