My best friend growing up was Ben. Our families went to the same church which made the friendship all the more joyous. Plus, it made it a little less onerous to get me to attend church events since a great friend was there. And don’t we all sometimes need that little extra incentive to engage?
Why mention Ben today? Well, in addition to the fact that he enjoys singing, it just so happens that today is his birthday. Plus, an early favorite church song – Fairest Lord Jesus – was likely learned singing right beside Ben.
Which church/spiritual/religious songs come to your mind as favorites? Maybe one you remember as a child? One that’s from a treasured sermon you heard? Perhaps one that relates to a scripture – the title or the focus of the lyrics? One about a favorite character?
Consider spending a few minutes writing a few of those special song titles on a sheet of paper or typing them into an electronic document. We’ll be coming back to those soon in an upcoming Christian Playbook exercise…
PROSPECTIVE ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY: consider taking time out to flip through a hymnal, your records/CDs, various online/electronic resources (maybe our CP YouTube site?) and/or other ways you can be reminded of music favorites. Which songs come to your attention as particularly meaningful in describing your life? Consider adding those tunes to the ones on your sheet from above… We’ll be coming back to those soon enough
Enjoy the day, filled with song and the Spirit!
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