Sing A Joyful Song

On February 3, 2013 by Jamy Shaffer

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Anyone who knows me knows that I am a music freak!  I love to listen to it but most of all, I reaaly, REALLY, REALLY love to perform.  I have already posted about the phenomenal woman who helped build upon the foundation of the God given joy that arises whenever I hear or sing a song.  I consider myself eclectic in my taste.  I appreciate most types (with notable exceptions).

Colossians 3:16

Most people would think that my favorite genre would be a good showtune which I would have to say would be correct.  However, I feel closest to our Lord on those Saturday evenings or Sunday mornings when I am in the choir loft joining in the choir or song leading myself.  All the world is a stage, is it not?

Last night, one of my favorite songs was sung at mass.  “Be Not Afraid” based upon Isaiah 43:2-3 and Luke 6:20-22.  Beautifully stated that if you follow God you will not be harmed.  If you stand before the fire, you will not be burned.  If wicked tongues insult and hate you because of your love for Him then you are truly blessed.

Another of my favorite songs to sing praises on was made popular by Josh Groban.  Last year (WOW!  time to get another one organized). I performed “You Raise Me Up” with my current vocal coach who accompanied my on guitar for the opening of a small recital which I challenged myself (along with some phenomenal encouragement) to present.  Before her passing, I worked on this piece with Emily but never was able to perform it with her.  By putting your faith in God and going to him in times of despair, you really can “stand on mountains” and “walk on stormy seas.”

As a member of the Bowling Green State University’s Mens’ Chorus, each concert was divided into equal parts spiritual and secular.  Most of these concerts ended with the exhilarating “Amen” by Jester Hairston.  SO extraordinary to be a part of an 80+ ensemble that created such a unified, powerful sound!

 

Make me a channel of your peace:

Where there is hatred, let me bring your love,

Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord,

And where there’s doubt true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace:

Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope,

Where there is darkness, only light,

And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

O Master, grant that I may never seek

So much to be consoled as to console:

To be understood as to understand,

To be loved, as to love with all my soul!

Make me a channel of your peace:

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

In giving of ourselves that we receive,

And in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

(Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi)

Lord, let the words and music that come from the hearts and instruments of all of your creatures bring the glory and honor due your name.  Thank you for this most beautiful expression of your love.

 

 

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