What is your favourite hymn, and why?
As I started to think about this, one of a few excellent thought-provoking questions at Nexus, several paraded past in my mind, staking a claim for different reasons.
Jess took us through a favourite hymn of hers. Some verses needed explaining to make sense. For that reason it wouldn’t ‘work’ on a Sunday morning.
Once Jess had explained that, then I knew which was my true favourite hymn. Like her’s, it isn’t one we sing. But whenever I go through the words, even in my head, it sings to me. It’s full of sweet and sour. Things that are opposites, but go together, and point you to something exotic, something worth working at to perceive.
Bit like I want my blogs to be – things that triangulate on something in the distance, and so bring it into focus. 3D ish!
Here’s a few lines. See if they intrigue you.
“Jesus thy cross is sweet to me, this blessed place of rest”
“So thou hast given thy death to me, with all its sting removed.”
“Love returns again to love, ever to endure.”
This song is part of my experience, so is precious to me. You will have songs that are the same to you. What is amazing is when we sing our songs together, either sharing their precious resonances, or discovering ourselves transfixed in what we are singing. Worship should be transformational – that is what struck me. Sometimes we don’t let it be, for a whole variety of reasons.
I will return to this before long – but I need a bit more take-off space to write about resonance.
For now let’s all continue to graciously engage with the worship we have to find God’s presence together, and share it with one another.