Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness. Colossians 3:16 The Voice
This inspired writer of the letter to the Colossians instructs us to sing psalms, to sing “songs inspired by the Spirit.” Singing music releases a sound of authenticity from the depths of our being. In our “Praise and Worship” time on Monday mornings, if you listen, you will hear our elders singing spiritual music. Soulful, heartfelt, melodies reverberate in the dining area. Melodies of spiritual songs carry reverence, lament, and hope-filled notes into the atmosphere, permeating the building with song. From “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” to “Amazing Grace,” we sing our heart songs and thank God for another morning to awaken and bask in the sunshine of this day’s new mercies.
Spiritual songs contain emotions and lyrics expressing soulful messages of sermonic proportions. Staff members pass by and occasionally join us in a song. We sing “favorites” and teach one another songs from our various traditions. A good song can carry us through the day as it hums inside of us and echoes the sounds of our hearts’ hopes. What heart song will you write or remember to sing today?
Prayer [from the English translation of Kum ba Yah]: Someone’s singing, Lord. Come by here. Someone’s praying, Lord. Come by here. Someone’s crying Lord, Come by here. Someone needs You, Lord. Come by here. Oh, Lord. Come by here. Amen.