Music is essential for a healthy, happy life. From the songs of birds to the melodies of orchestras or high school bands, our lives are enriched. By the Spirit’s power, the books of the Bible are filled with different songs for different times. All the songs have a place in the grand symphony of the people of God. We need to hear Revelation’s call to work for justice in a world that can be fearful and demonic, just as we need to hear Genesis’ affirmation that creation is good and its care is our responsibility. The music will carry the songs that by God’s grace we are privileged to sing for the sake of God’s mission in our world.
This message is adapted from “Different Songs for Different Times” by Gwen Sayler in the September 1999 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.