As I sit down to write this month’s article, I am at a loss. My mind is all over the place. Maybe I should write about this. Or maybe I should write about this other thing. Maybe I should write nothing at all because it all seems so inconsequential compared to all that is happening around the world. And then, I began to hum that familiar church tune, Blest Be the Tie that Binds, and my spirit is lifted. Lifted because it reminds me of so many wonderful times gathered with friends, fellow church folk, and youth mission trips when we would gather ‘round in a circle, hold hands and share in song and praise. None of these things can we do at this moment, yet the words to this song seem to say it best:
Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love:
the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain;
but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.
Music truly is therapy for the mind, body, and spirit. Music transports us to another time or place and reminds us of loved ones, or special moments and times in our lives. Perhaps there is a special song that you sang at camp as a kid, maybe there is a song that reminds you of a departed one, perhaps a song for your first dance or at your child’s wedding. Music really can take us back to a particular time and place in which we can relive all the senses of that moment. Not all songs are serious or sorrowful, some are filled with laughter and make us chuckle as we recall the moment. May you fill your mind, body and spirit with song to bring you love, laughter and hope.
God Be with You Till We Meet Again,