As many of you already know, my family and I have been taking our time healing and processing our grief. Many of you also probably already know that grieving often tempers creativity. What better way to share, to ponder, and to celebrate creativity than a blog series like this one. “What Are You…” explores finishing that sentence. Through this series I’ll be finishing those sentences with …singing…listening to…and reading, getting to share some of my favorite hymns, songs, music, bible stories, and authors.
What Are you Listening To? Christian Music!
I am forever grateful for services like Google Play or Amazon Music. While I’m working, cleaning, driving, these stations create playlists for me to listen to. And I love them. I find myself listening to a lot of Christian music. A lot of songs I love wouldn’t work for worship in a congregation, but serve as my own time of prayer, praise, and song.
Love Broke Through
This last spring as I was working on my sermon for Easter Sunday, this song came up on my playlist. I had to stop my writing and I listened to this song on repeat for half an hour. God’s calling us out of the shadows and into the light of love and grace fills me with the hope and joy. That hope and joy we find on Easter Sunday and every day we recognize how God’s love breaks through in our lives.
I’m actually a little embarrassed at how old this song is. Nearly ten years ago I first heard Blessings on the radio, and I couldn’t believe how aptly it spoke to my experiences. All of the different ways God’s blessings comes to us. I’m grateful for a song that speaks to the truth that living in this world, even as people of faith, still means heartbreak, anger, and despair. But that God’s goodness and love comes to us in all kinds of blessings, even in the midst of that.
I’m sort of obsessed with Lauren Daigle right now. Her newest album speaks a truth to my heart that is hard for me to put into words, because her words do that so well. “You say I am loved, when I can’t feel a thing. You say I am strong, when I am feeling weak…When I don’t believe, You say I am yours.”
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
You know I’m realizing that I have a bit of a theme in my favorite songs. Songs that remind me that sing to God, “I am yours and you are mine” find their way into my playlist often. Songs like Oceans remind me of God’s strength and the hope I find in God’s love and belonging.
Grace Wins. It always does!
I Am Redeemed (Big Daddy Weave), I Surrender (Hillsong Worship), Revelation Song (Kari Jobe), This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
What are you listening to? What are some of your favorite songs? Comment below!