Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. Praise the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord. Psalm 33:1-5 (NRSV)
Most of his life, Virginia Horst Loewen's 85-year-old husband had been an accomplished musician. He had played the organ, piano, trombone, and tuba. But for his last few years he could play none of these. A blood clot on his brain, together with a stroke and a heart attack, had robbed him of these abilities. After Henry died, Virginia mourned the loss of her faithful husband of nearly 64 years,but she also signed with relief that he no longer struggled to breathe.
About two months after his passing, Virginia dreamed that he was scheduled to play a solo in a concert. Backstage, he kept saying, "I don't think I can do it." But when the time came , he stepped onstage and played the most beautiful music he had ever played.
Virginia woke up feeling her grief turned to joy. She remembered that in the Bible God often spoke through dreams, from Abimalech (Gen.20:3) to the apostle Paul (Acts 18:9-10). In Virginia's dream, she felt God was reassuring her that Henry no longer had any physical restraints. In heaven, he was hearing the most magnificent music he had ever heard. And he was helping to provide it in joyful praise to God.
Prayer: Author of our dreams, may we know the comfort and joy that comes with praising You! Amen!