Thursday, September 22, 2005

the song your heart sings

Over the past week I have had a song stuck in my head. This is not a newsflash - songs get in my head all the time. I had "What Become of the Broken Hearted" stuck in my head for two years (off and on, I assure you). I usually get a song in my head if I've heard it recently or someone reminds me of it.

The song that's in my head now, I haven't heard in some time. But I keep singing it over and over again. It's a Taize song, so singing it over and over again is perfectly appropriate. It goes "Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God's holy name. Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads me into life."

Whenever I do get a song in my head that's not some random bad 80s pop or a popular commerical jingle, I wonder about it. Why am I singing this song? My very rational scientist father would probably tell me that though I didn't hear this particular song, I heard or read words that triggered it in my subconscious.

I suppose that could be true. But I imagine it could be more. This particular song brings me to a peaceful place, a place where I'm focused on God, remember who is the reason I'm doing this thing called ministry. And as my schedule starts to kick up, as I find myself getting busier and busier, I cannot forget to take the time to be with the One who has called me here. And yet, with that busy schedule, making time is something that can easily fall away in the midst of life.

And so, I think, my heart sings this song to me. "Bless the Lord, Amy," it reminds me, "and bless God's holy name. Bless the Lord, Amy, who leads you into this busy life, the one who leads you to life eternal."

When I stop to listen to this heart-song, I feel more at peace, more connected to the Lord. Though I am blessing the Lord, I feel blessed.


ammermann said...

If you like taizĂ© songs, I´m writing a requiem for Frere Roger, Taize - you will find orchestral variations under

Katherine said...

i love that song- what a great song to have in your head and on your heart. (i once had paula abdul's cold-hearted snake in my head for three weeks- it doesn't have quite the same effect!)

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