Today we were able to sing again in church for the first time since the pandemic started almost a year ago! It was a little harder to hear through the face masks, but it felt good to once again join with everyone in singing hymns to our Lord.

Singing evokes strong emotion in each one of us.

When a song comes on during the day, many times we are instantly taken back to some moment in time. Maybe it was a date, a dance, a struggle, a time of comfort, or a night of fun with our friends.

Isn’t it amazing that after not hearing a song for ages that as soon as it starts we are able to sing along with it?

Something in the way music affects us reaches deep into our soul and touches a place that not even words can reach.

Today as I participated in our church services and sung three songs, I was deeply touched. I didn’t think I would miss singing as much as I did.

These are the a few of the words that we shared together in singing today:

The Lord is my light; then why should I fear? By day and by night his presence is near. (The Lord is my Light)

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! (Abide with Me)

Fill our hearts with sweet forgiving; Teach us tolerance and love. Let our prayers find access to thee. In thy holy courts above. (In humility our savior)

The truthfulness that accompanies the words to these sacred hymns testified to me once again that God is in control, Jesus Christ knows who I am, and that everything will be all right.

The music swept through me and gave me peace.

The impact of songs in our lives are not only in sacred church settings, but exist in all parts of the world and in all genres of music.

Universally, music can lift our soul, bring us peace, sooth a troubled heart, and bring back joyous memories of days gone by.

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