I woke up with a tune in my head but it took most of the morning to remember the words. It goes like this: “Even though the day be laden and my task dreary and my strength small, a song keeps singing in my heart.  For I know that I am Thine. I am part of Thee. Thou art kin to me, and all my times, all my times, are in Thy hands.” Originally, I believe this was an ancient Hebridean prayer.  There is so much in this prayer to reflect upon – the weight of these conflicted days, a dwindling strength, seeing God’s hand at work. It’s a beautiful prayer to remember. As it sat in me the phrase “a song keeps singing in my heart” got stuck in my consciousness and I began to wonder what that was all about… “a song keeps singing in my heart.”
Then I realized something about me particularly in these days that we are experiencing.  As long as I continue to solely reason from the influences of the past or stand with the powers and principalities of the present, the outcome(s) is predictable and I will always end up on a journey that leads back to the same place. I go nowhere but feel like I’m moving somewhere.
So that song which keeps singing in my heart reminds me that there are outcomes that escape my sights but not God’s.  There are possibilities in situations that I do not see but God sees, – because in faith, God can draw from me right actions which can provide a future that has less fear and more goodness, compassion and justice.
I sing… we sing because we have the promise of God embedded in us. Faithfulness invites us to commit ourselves to right actions that will overcome our social problems and overcome the barriers between individuals and groups. The song that keeps singing in our heart is the Lord’s song because it is the only music that makes the world a better place.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:17-19
“and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

Reflection Questions:
What are your top 3 favorite hymns/songs?
How can God use your faithfulness to help overcome a social problem?
How do others see the fullness of God in you?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me singing so that I can remember I am rooted and grounded in love and that you are kin to me and always hold me in your hands. Amen.

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