Music, especially the music of beloved hymns and church music, is a gift from God that gives us a rest from our daily troubles. It focuses us on God’s love and grace in a way that helps when words alone falter. When set to music, the words of our prayers, dreams and fears are lifted up, making them easier to bear, making them more healing and hopeful than they could otherwise be.
As Martin Luther is sometimes credited with saying, “When we sing, we pray twice.”
This message is an excerpt from “Finding the rhythm of love” by Jordan Miller-Stubbendick in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Johann Sebastian Bach, who died in 1750; Heinrich Schütz, who died in 1672; George Frederick Handel, who died in 1759; musicians.
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