3) When I'm in a spiritual slump, singing is probably the most effective remedy for me. Praying takes too much work. Even praying ready-made prayers, e.g., from the BCP, is drudgery because I feel as if I'm faking it, as if I'm a hypocrite. And it's hard to concentrate. But with singing, I can use the music as a crutch. I don't have to think so much about the words, but then pretty soon, they take effect, encouraging, rebuking, prodding me to actually worship.
4) Last night I sang some hymns (see item three for why) and was struck by the second verse of "Lead On, O King Eternal":
Lead on, O King eternal, Till sin’s fierce war shall cease, And holiness shall whisper The sweet amen of peace. For not with swords’ loud clashing, Nor roll of stirring drums; With deeds of love and mercy The heavenly kingdom comes.
The lines I italicized really got to me. Beautiful.
5) I haven't written a song in two and a half years. That's probably the longest stretch I've gone without writing a new song in the 19 or so years since I started writing songs. This was the last one I wrote. I need to remedy that situation. Anybody wanna spur me on? If there is a passage of Scripture you'd like to see made into a song, suggest it in the comments. If I come up with something decent, I'll post the lyrics. I might even try to post a recording. Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 5/19/2005 09:32:00 AM
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