May 30, 2022
May 8, 2022
As our world changes rapidly, we might wonder if God hears our prayers. Some of us live with debilitating chronic pain. Others continue to grieve the loss of a spouse. Some live with anxiety, depression, or addiction. We are praying for you and with you. We are singing for you and with you on those days you cannot sing for yourself. Music can be healing. Music therapists in hospitals and rehab units soothe patients and families and help bring a relaxed environment. It was enslaved people who sang Christian hymns and began what we know as gospel music, as they were forced to perform backbreaking work in fields. So maybe it’s not that surprising that Paul and Silas were singing in prison. Maybe they were trying to heal from their wounds, or encountering others in need of encouragement or peace. Maybe they didn’t know what else to do but pray and sing.
May 1, 2022
Maybe you never felt that punch in the gut. Probably you were never struck blind or heard a voice from heaven calling your name. How can we trust God when we don’t see what Saul got to see? What will move our hearts to remain faithful when the world seems to be crumbling around us? How can we be changed when we can’t see?