I was deeply moved during worship last Sunday as our choir sang “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” Click here to listen.

This beautiful spiritual is so impactful because there are days when it might seem like the world is actually spiraling out of control amid all the noise and clutter, the injustices that seem rampant, and the disappointments of life.

It would have been unimaginable for those early singers (mostly slaves) to have known that the hope and faith so deeply expressed could still have meaning all these years later; or that a congregation as diverse as ours would ever sing them together on the Upper East Side.

It occurs to me that if the slaves, who had no say over their lives whatsoever, whose existence was consumed by fear, pain, and humiliation, and who were barely considered as human beings, could transcend their hopelessness with affirmation that God not only exists, but is in charge of the whole world including themselves, then surely, so can I.

On Sunday, October 21st our choir will be singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” in concert, along with other masterful works by Moses Hogan, one of the best known international composers of our time.

He’s got the whole world in His hands…
The woods and the waters…
The sun and the moon…
The birds and the bees…
The beasts of the field…
You and me…
Everybody…
He’s got the whole world in His hands.

I like to imagine God with hands so vast that they hold the whole world—while at the same time, imagining the intimacy of those hands holding me and all my concerns. It is a stark reminder that we are bound together by faith and our Creator loves us all.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy