In Mid February I wrote a post about the need to Worship and what impact not doing had on our spirituality , it can be found at Worship
As part of my own desire to find ways to Worship, I have had great moments whilst learning to play hymns and create videos that depict the life of Jesus Christ.
I only started playing the guitar in November 2019 at the young age of 51. Having never read music or played an instrument before, it has been an uphill challenge but well worth the effort (you are never to old) I have found a deeper enjoyment of music I listen to and much greater respect for the creators of all styles of music.
Each of the Hymns below has specific significance and has stirred different emotions. I also cannot get over how old some of these tunes and lyrics are. Christians have been Worshiping God with these hymns for decades and in some cases centuries !!
I hope you find some inspiration in at least one of them, if you can get past the playing enjoy the words and images !
..when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.” This line from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe relates to the death and subsequent return of Aslan the Lion.
C.S. Lewis wrote the story based on his own Christian beliefs and wanted the sacrifice of the Lion to teach a deeper meaning and point his readers, to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
I have found some profound personal moments as I have been learning to play this version of “Be Still my Soul” and the subsequent compilation of the video and words.
With just a few weeks to Easter, the words “Be still, my soul, The Lord is on thy side – Bear patiently, the cross of grief or pain” take on added meaning.
As the song and video portray, if we are in dark days, there will be good ones to come, because that is the promise of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Text : Katharina Amalia Dorethea von Schlegal 1697 – 1768 Music : Jean Sibelius 1865 – 1957
“Perhaps the most important things for us to see clearly are who God is and who we really are—sons and daughters of heavenly parents, with a “divine nature and eternal destiny.” Ask God to reveal these truths to you, along with how He feels about you. The more you understand your true identity and purpose, soul deep, the more it will influence everything in your life.” Michelle D. Craig
Text : Naomi Ward Randall 1908 – 2001 Music : Mildred Tanner Pettit 1895 – 1977
The Bible teaches that after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, he repeatedly visited his disciples to teach, uplift and inspire.
Surely after His last visit on the day of ascension, the plan was not that He was never to visit again. In fact he tells the disciples “Other sheep I have that are not of this fold”
What if you could learn more of these “other sheep” and have an insight into the Saviours relationship with them?
This short video that I have put together with some of my music depicts one such event..
Text : Robert Robinson 1735 – 1790 Tune : John Wyeth 1770 -1858
“I love the analogy Brad Wilcox uses to describe the relationship between Grace and Works … “Christ’s arrangement with us is similar to a mom providing music lessons for her child. Mom pays the piano teacher. How many know what I am talking about? Because Mom pays the debt in full, she can turn to her child and ask for something. What is it? Practice! Does the child’s practice pay the piano teacher? No. Does the child’s practice repay Mom for paying the piano teacher? No. Practicing is how the child shows appreciation for Mom’s incredible gift. It is how he takes advantage of the amazing opportunity Mom is giving him to live his life at a higher level. Mom’s joy is found not in getting repaid but in seeing her gift used—seeing her child improve. And so she continues to call for practice, practice, practice.”
Text : John Newton (1725–1807). Music “New Britain”
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