May 8, 2016

Refreshed by Song (Happy Mother's Day)

‘Music makes the world go ‘round’ says the song. David advised us to ‘make a joyful noise to the Lord’. (Psalm 95, 98, 100) Singing or other music is a wonderful way to refresh our souls.
Even if we aren’t musically talented, we can (and do) sing along in the car or in the shower. We may never get up on stage at the Metropolitan Opera or play a solo at Carnegie Hall. Maybe we’ve been told we ‘can’t carry a tune in a bucket’. It doesn’t matter, we can still enjoy and participate in music!
Music itself is in our core being. From the very earliest times, humans have produced music. Drumming on logs, making musical pipes from reeds, chanting in worship ceremonies are all musical ways to express ourselves.
Like laughter (which we looked at last time), music has health benefits like reducing stress and anxiety, it boosts heart and brain function, reduces pain and aids in recovery from surgery! You don’t even have to be actively involved in producing the music. It has been determined that babies in the womb can hear and respond to music-and they certainly aren’t singing opera yet. Listening to music from simple ditties to grand opera and symphonies is good for us.
There are many Biblical citations that remind us to make music as we worship, and even as we live each day.
Ephesians 5:18-20 “be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father…”
Psalm 147:7: “Sing to ADONAI with thanks, sing praises on the lyre to our God.”
Colossians 3:16: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
Psalm 98:4-6: “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD”

What kind of music do you like best? Listen to it, sing or hum along, I personally prefer songs from musicals, older country-Western songs, and contemporary Christian music-any song that tells a story. I will listen to nearly any kind of music, though, because even in the most unusual places you can get an inspiring message. For instance, Katy Perry’s song Firework, includes the encouraging message that each of us will find the “[door} you could open…that leads you to the perfect road. Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow and when it's time you'll know…’Cause, baby, you're a firework. Come on, show 'em what you're worth.”
If you have been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know I refer to music, sometimes bits of a song, sometimes a whole download, to make a point. I’m not the only one. A friend, who also writes a weekly message for the Women of the Diocese, recently used an old Carly Simon song, “Let the River Run”, to illustrate her final meditation in a Revelation series.
God is telling us all the time, too. “Let your light shine…” Remember the little song that most of us have sung: This Little Light of Mine. Music helps us shine! Listen and make music!!

And…happy Mother’s Day to those who are mothers. Mothers come in all shapes, sizes, and descriptions. They don’t have to have given birth to be a mother to someone else. Some of the most ‘mothering’ people I know have never given birth. So celebrate the moms in your life-all of them...maybe with this cute song!

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