This past week I pondered the start of a new school year and why I teach music in a public school. There’s something universally joyful about singing. The use of the voice to communicate both that which is speakable and knowable as well as that which is beyond complete understanding is found in every human culture, especially vocal song. Even the birds of the air, the whales of the sea and other creatures use vocal fluctuations to communicate. Music, in the form of singing, is a universal language that expresses meaning. And that is the connection to why people of faith sing. The act of singing is an act of faith and a proclamation that says, “I am alive.” So sing; whether your voice is “trained” or “strained”. Sing the old hymns of centuries past or the hip-hop, praise songs of today. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you give voice to your soul’s longing and that it joins the unending hymn of praise.
Mary Luti, on Stillspeaking Daily Devotional UCC, wrote on a similar subject many weeks ago. I hope her words inspire you.
“I will sing and make melody. Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp; I will wake up the dawn.” – Psalm 108:1-2
Deep Peace to You,