I was recently telling a friend about why I loved hymns so much, and how one of my favorite things to do, especially when I am tired, or stressed, or discouraged, is go to our charmingly out-of-tune piano in our school room, shut the door, and just play hymns and sing. There is something about it that is just refreshing, and it helps put things into perspective. My friend said to me though, "Do you even feel like you are worshiping God when you sing these songs?" To answer very concisely-yes.
I love that hymns-especially the really really old ones, are so full of meaning. The lyrics are filled with melodious language, and you can imagine the author penning the words from their different situations that caused them to sing to the Lord.
But modern people don't relate. Do they? We don't have time to look up why Horatio Spafford wrote "It is Well With My Soul", when from the outside it seemed that it was anything but.
So. I have decided to share some of my favorite things about hymns, and a few random lines interspersed throughout. Because I am really good at only remembering part of a song. And it may make you chuckle a bit. But I am not making this up.Really. I'm not.
Here we go!
- When you are feeling a little lost, you could try: "He Leadeth Me"
- When you are feeling really lost you could juts repeat that one line from " Down to the River" You know-the one at the end : "Good Lord-show me the way." It happens to be really comforting-especially if you just ran over a squirrel and you have no idea where you are.
- Really any Christmas hymn works for doing the dishes. Because bubbles = snow. It also takes away that grossed-out feeling you get when you find unidentifiable things in the sink. Because you can't sing "Joy to the World" and feel gross. It is impossible.
- You will ALWAYS win the "Song Game" *pretty sure the homeschoolers have a monopoly on this one* if you know a lot of hymns Also if you can manage to start the game on "What Wondrous Love is This" it is best because all the words in that hymn are in pretty much every other hymn.