Friday, August 22, 2014

Hymn-retune therapy, and prayers for peace

Recently there's been a lot of stress in my family's life. Someday I'll tell you all about it. But for now, I have this to share.

Often when I'm stressed, I turn to music... especially random musical impulses, that may just be my ADD-brain's way of coping, but I choose to believe also have some prompting from the Holy Spirit.

Today, I spontaneously retuned a couple hymns I came across doing worship planning for the coming weeks.

Here are some simple SoundCloud recordings of these hymns...

"My God, How Endless Is Your Love" - an Isaac Watts hymn (and paraphrase from Psalm 34) that I was not familiar with before today, but which touched me as a profound reminder of God's constant care and faithfulness.

"Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life" - a turn-of-the-century hymn (1905) by Frank Mason North, which seems to me an appropriate prayer for the peace of our cities in light of the conflict that has been going on in places such as Ferguson, MO lately.

No comments: