A Day of Rest and Reflection

October 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

I can’t express how grateful I am that the alluded-to slow-down during the Fall at work has occurred. I hope I can continue to handle the stressful, hectic times well, but I do prefer not to be overwhelmed. They’ll come again, everyone assures me, but I’m glad for a respite. And, the ability to take a Friday off! That’s where I find myself today…enjoying the beautiful weather and puttering around the apartment.

After visiting two new churches last weekend, I’ve mulled over the sermons and styles of both. The one most like my previous home sang a very familiar and poignant tune during their service. It has come to mind today, and it is humbling me and making me thankful as well. I’ll share just a portion:

Thy mercy my God is the theme of my song,
The joy of my heart, and the boast of my tongue.
Thy free grace alone, from the first to the last,
Hath won my affection and bound my soul fast.

Without Thy sweet mercy, I could not live here.
Sin would reduce me to utter despair,
But through Thy free goodness, my spirit’s revived
And He that first made me still keeps me alive.

Thy mercy is more than a match for my heart,
Which wonders to feel its own hardness depart.
Dissolved by Thy goodness, I fall to the ground
And weep for the praise of the mercy I’ve found.

There’s much to relate to and learn from in these words. How is it that songs and music so often reach us more acutely or resonate with us more profoundly? The same ideas could be said or read and still have weight, but something about the music makes truths even more moving. As that Elton John song goes, “Sad songs they say so much.” Not just sad songs, though I do love a moody melody, but hymns and worshipful songs as well speak so much to me. They say so much about us and our need for a Father, a Comforter, a Savior, One who will never leave us or forsake us.

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