I do not know where I fit, religion-wise. I feel sometimes I have walked so long in the darkness that God has stopped looking for me. (Note to my more faith-filled friends: please don’t tell me how wrong I am. I know what doctrine says. This is how I feel.)

That said, I think hymns can be life-affirming and comforting. I have an entire playlist called “Spiritual,” and while it has a lot of secular music, it also includes “Be Thou My Vision,” “Seek Ye First,” and the sublime Cat Stevens version of “Morning had Broken.”  My favorite Christmas songs are religious: “Angels we Have Heard on High,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” and especially “What Child Is This?”

I have a new hymn: Jordan Smith’s version of “Great is Thy Faithfulness” from his performance on The Voice. His a cappella opening gives me chills. (Note: on his studio version, Smith accompanies himself on piano the entire song. It’s still really good.)

Although the fact-checkers on the show need to do a better job: “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” was written by Thomas O. Chisolm in 1923,. not by Selah.

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1 Response to Comfort.

  1. Julie says:

    I’m sorry that you feel that way. It’s awful to feel so far out in the darkness. I’m glad that you find some connection to spirituality in music. I think that’s why we sing – because it connects us to each other, the universe, and to God sometimes. Maybe, most importantly, it helps us to connect to ourselves, to find the deep emotions that are hiding in us and needing a way to escape. That’s often how I experience music, anyway.

    I think I owe you a coffee date. When you were sick last and weren’t ready for visitors we mentioned coffee sometime when you were well. Maybe the week after thanksgiving if you’re around. I’ll PM you.

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