Welcome Have you ever been so overcome with grief, despair, frustration, or turmoil, you could not even formulate a prayer? I have, and while I know I should pray, all I can bring forth are tears, rather than words. Luckily for us, God reads our tears, groans, and sighs, as if they were pages of a book. Because really, these voiced emotions are like pages of our soul. God knows what those tears mean. But there’s another option, as well.
Food For Thought A very well-written, well-performed song can speak deeply to our souls. These songs can bring forth emotions and summon deep memories. I’m probably not alone when I say that I have been completely overcome by the words of a song, because I connect with it, the meaning behind the words and music, on such a deep level. Several of my favorite contemporary Christian songs come to mind at the moment. These songs help us process through our times of need and help us celebrate life’s joy and success. And, these songs can do something else for us, if we let them.
Song lyrics make great prayers when we cannot communicate through our own words. How many times do we sing hymns at church, like the words of a prayer, floating on the notes and chorus straight to the heavens, communicating our praise and thanksgiving and awe. These song lyrics can do the same during our personal communication with God.
I recently heard a story about a parent who had a child in a terrible, life-threatening accident. This parent had fallen away from the Church, but in a moment of desperation, they dropped to their knees to pray for the life of their young child. But they had no words to pray. This parent said they produced the only “God words” that would come to mind, the lyrics from the classic hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The parent simply repeated the opening words of the song, over and over, to communicate a desire with the Heavenly Father to heal their child. While no other “religious” words would produce a prayer in this person’s mind, they called on what they knew…a song. Through the spirit of Christ those words were transformed into a powerful prayer on the behalf of the child and parent. The child did recover, to the amazement of the hospital staff, and the parent praises God daily now, knowing the power of a prayer, even when the words won’t come.
We, too, can use these songs as a resource, when needed. I’m not saying don’t pray like you already do, and pray specifically and often. But for those times when we just don’t know what else to say, call upon the lyrics we’ve connected with time and again. Here are a few of my favorite “prayer songs.”
Abide With Me, Henry F. Lyte, 1847; Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide;
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me.
I Need Thee Every Hour, Annie S. Hawks & Robert Lowry, 1872; Refrain:
I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
Oh, bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I Surrender All, Judson W. Van DeVenter, 1896; Refrain:
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.
East to West, performed by Casting Crowns;
Here I am, Lord
And I’m drowning in your sea of forgetfulness
The chains of yesterday surround me
I yearn for peace and rest
I don’t want to end up where you found me
And it echoes in my mind
Keeps me awake tonight
Eye of the Storm, Ryan Stevenson;
When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I realize I’ve been sold out by my friends and my family
I can feel the rain reminding me
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
Even If, performed by Mercy Me;
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well, good thing
A little faith is all I have right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul
Today’s Project Okay, there’s no new recipe today. I’m getting ready to have my first yard sale series for the summer over the next three days. Anyone that has had big yard sales before knows well how much prep work goes into getting ready. So that is where my focus has been this week, so it was nice I had some backup recipes to use this week, along with my kitchen assistant, a.k.a, my daughter. Having said that, I will be off the blog until next week, but there’s plenty of archived recipes, devotionals, and projects to keep you busy!
Because I believe we should never stop creating, however, I do have my new painting project on the DIY page if you are looking for inspiration. I am by no means a professional artist. I just really enjoy doing it, as a stress reliever, as an act of meditation, and to keep my motor and mental skills fresh as I get “older.” What are some of your favorite ways to create? #neverstopcreating