Last year, a friend shared a video on Facebook of a song by Abigail and Shaun Bengson. In it, I hear a psalm for today. It is a psalm that encourages us all to keep going on.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times writes about this offering:
The Bengsons have been spending their quarantine in Dayton, Ohio, with their 3-year-old son, in Shaun’s parents’ house. That’s the setting for “The Keep Going Song,” and you can glimpse the accouterments of their improvised life there — a futon, an afghan for an indoor picnic, a tot-size trampoline in the backyard.
As Abigail sings, in that wide-open balladeer’s voice of hers, “We have to make it up as we go.” That’s the general message of this song and is an introduction to a longer collection of songs they recorded while quarantined.
The duet uses a recording synthesizer that gives them the ability to record on the fly and layer the tracks as they sing. It is a pretty neat tool if you know how to use it.
But more to the point the message they share in this song, for me, is a psalm for today. We have been in this for over 10 months now. We need encouragement to keep going on.
I hope you enjoy the videos.
The first is a video of the Bengsons singing their song. The second is a dance to the song put together by another couple.
(Please excuse the expletive in the song)
Let us pray. Be with us, O Lord as we keep going on. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen