And now for something completely different ...
I have been inspired recently by a number of friends who have posted songs on their Blog's and Facebook pages. Some have really touched my heart - a good example is "Strumming my pain with his fingers" by Significant Truths - and they have made me reflect ...
Music is a big part of my life. It feeds my spirit and nourishes my soul.
It can also be a great release when things get too serious. I remember one evening when my wife was in hospital fighting for her life after her road accident in 2003. I had just taken our children to see her and the visit had not gone well. She had been given some bad news that day and was quite upset - she was also in too much pain to be able to hide it, and our kids (aged 3 and 5) came away from the hospital very quiet and withdrawn.
When we got home, I put a some music on. It was a loud raucous CD by Linkin Park. It turned out to be exactly what we all needed, enabling us to let go of the pain, fear and frustration that we felt. Before I knew it, I had picked the children up, one in each arm, and we were dancing like lunatics around the living room with the volume up as high as it would go. When the song finished, we fell onto the settee laughing and crying all at the same time. When I took them up to bed a few minutes later they both said to me "Daddy - that was fun - can we do it again?"
Often my Blog ends up being a bit too serious. It is often fed by observations of misunderstandings, injustice and prejudice. Yet the Christian Gospel is Good News. It is meant to be something which brings life, love, joy and colour to our lives.
So I am going to start interspersing my more serious Blog postings with something a little lighter - a song for each week. It will be a song which feeds me, which nourishes my soul, and just might do something for you too.
Today's song is 'A Message' by Coldplay, which was written around the a lyric "My song is love unknown" from the famous hymn. It speaks to me of the love that God has for us - constant, unconditional, faithful, life-giving, warm, refreshing, inspiring, healing, personal, inviting! As I listen to it, I find God singing those words to me.
It also speaks to me of the love which God wants us to live out in our relationships, our churches, our communities, our world.
Today's song is 'A Message' - Click below to enjoy...
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