Harmony occurs when different voices coming from different people singing in different ways join together to make a pleasing sound.
We don’t ask, O Lord, for sameness in our families, in our churches, in our communities, in our nation, or in our world.
We do ask, though, that somehow by your grace and by your Spirit our different cultures, experiences, perspectives, and voices might join together to create not only a more pleasing sound but a more productive approach to the challenges we face.
Deliver us from an unrealistic desire for our common songs to be sung in monotone—how impoverished and boring such singing would be!
Inspire us rather with a realistic (if idealistic) desire for our common songs to be sung in harmony—how rich and exciting such singing would be!