Thursday, August 23, 2012


I've always been known to be sentimental, sensitive, emotional... it's a good thing, and it comes straight from my Granddaddy who, as tough as he was, got choked up over just about anything! My little heart is just so tender and it doesn't take much to get the tears a-flowin'. It's easiest to turn on the "water works" (as my dad always called them!) when I'm singing - particularly singing to or about our Heavenly Father. There is just something sweet about worshiping the Lord through song, singing with a congregation of believers, and singing with conviction when the words just fit life so perfectly.

There are some classic themes within songs we sing at church that are almost guaranteed to make me cry:

- Jesus as a tiny baby (this is #1 on the list for inducing tears!)
- Jesus dying on the Cross for my/our/your sins
- Seeing God's glory in Heaven
- God's faithfulness
- The presence of the Holy Spirit
- Jesus coming back
- The awesomeness of God's love for His children
- God's provisions
- John the Baptist (really, I can't explain that one)
- Mary, mother of Jesus
- Trusting the Lord
- Jesus clothing us in His righteousness
- Thankfulness for all God has done
- Any song with the words "Holy," "Lord," and "Almighty"
- God's gracious mercy
- John the Baptist (really don't understand that one!)
- The names of God/Jesus
- Praise in the midst of trouble/sorrow
- Any song calling God "everlasting"

So, basically, any church/worship music makes me misty-eyed!!! But, there is one song that - in all seriousness - has been on my heart lately. The words just keep replaying in my head:

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever

"A Mighty Fortress is Our God"

Just let 'em sink in for a moment and you might find yourself needing a Kleenex. His truth abides even through the midst of Death. There's just nothing better than that.

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