A few years ago, our home church underwent a building renovation. One of the best outcomes of that project is a stairwell with some mighty fine acoustics.
I’m sure that in all the meetings on the project – no one ever gave much thought to the stairwell. After all, it’s just a stairwell. It connects two floors. It’s up to code. It does its job. But to VIP, it’s something more.
The VIPs regularly ask to sing there and when we do, it’s pretty special. The sound is amplified and it rolls around in a way that it doesn’t in most other spaces. We’re suddenly able to hear one another, loud and clear, which enables us to tune more easily with one another.
In rehearsal last night, I was reminding the kids to open up and sing out with a little more intention. One singer said, “We need to find our inner stairwell.”
Our inner stairwell. What an interesting phrase. What IS it about that stairwell that makes it special? It seems built for singing. But is it the stairwell, or is it the way that we all approach it? We walk in, anticipating beauty. We enter that space, fully aware that what’s about to take place will be a blessing to each of us – and we all work a little bit harder to make it so.