We become what we sing. By singing together of God’s beautiful creation, we shape our lives as caring creatures among other beloved creatures. By singing together the Christ story, we acknowledge the joining of holy and earthly that shapes our lives as followers of Christ. By singing together of the Pentecost coming of the Holy Spirit, we connect with a greater community that transcends space and time.
We become what we sing. We should be as careful of the words that we put into our mouths as we are the food we eat. Singing together is a powerful, life-shaping act.
Words have power: power to uplift, power to throw down, power to wound, power to heal. We have received this great inheritance from our ancestors in the church – the power of word wedded to song, music to express and shape the human heart.
This message is excerpted from “May all our songs be true” by Susan Palo Cherwien from the October 2017 Gather magazine.
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