“why do christians sing when they are together? the reason is, quite simply, because in singing together it is possible for them to speak and pray the same word at the same time; in other words, because they can unite in the word.” ~ dietrich bonhoeffer
a stack of two-pocket fading folders with fasteners. thirty pages of songs sung by the faithful. come to the light. step by step. isn’t he. alpha omega.
my faith started this way. singing songs.
and it continues like this, too.
last night it happened again. i sat in a living room and sang songs.
i remember being seventeen years old and doing the exact same thing. shuffling in, making small talk, and being handed a blue two-pocket fading fastening folder. someone telling me which page to turn to.
and then singing.
singing about crucifixion and a crown of thorns. singing about meeting god in the morning and learning to walk in his ways. singing about how far the east is from the west.
and love. always singing about love.
and there’s a quote i can’t find about how the early church was always singing. that it didn’t matter what was done to them. prison, death, thrown to the lions – they just kept gathering together and singing.
i like to think of it.
that from the ascension until this morning there has always been a song being sung. songs never ceasing, just like we sing about. from the first moment until jesus returns, every time one song ends, another one begins – generation after generation.
for two thousand years and more.
so do your part.
take your eyes off of your life and open your mouth and sing with abandon in somebody’s living room. i know it sounds awful, ridiculous even. but you just gotta trust me on this one.
sing while the day is still called today.