Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday, 03/11/12

Psalms: 93, 96, 34
New Testament: Romans 8:1-10
Old Testament: Genesis 44:1-17
Gospel: John 5:25-29
I think we all have songs that at some point had special meaning in our lives.  Perhaps it was a song from a first date or a song with a powerful message that just resonated in our minds.  For me, I particularly remember Bridge Over Troubled Waters, by Simon and Garfunkel, from back around 1971 when the Vietnam War was in full fury.  The ethereal melody of that song and the poignant words promising to always be there to help and support another person seemed to promise that there could still be a better world.  I still enjoy that song, no matter who sings it, and will turn it up when I hear it on the radio.

Songs can relate many different stories.  Often, they can present a message that brings joy to the heart of the listener.  Sometimes they just relate difficult times in someone’s life and ease the suffering by sharing the hurt with another soul.  When you hear your special song don’t you feel an emotional tug and a sense of gladness that someone shared that message with you?

Think for a moment about the songs we raise to the Lord.  Of course we have the usual powerful hymns sung as we celebrate the various seasons of the year.  There is comfort in those familiar tunes and verses.  But those little ditties we remember and hum at times or new prayers we send to God are also songs.  Don’t you think He loves to hear from us whenever we want to share our joy and sorrows?  I like to think He sings along with us.

My suggestion: Sing to the Lord a new song.


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