A Moment to Reflect

27 June 2020

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A movingly sung welcome to the beautiful community of Mechicane, Mozambique

SING ANYWAY

Martin Luther, the great theology professor and reformer, who instigated the Protestant Reformation, was (as some of you will know) prone to bouts of deep depression. (A bit like the Scottish weather- one day with clear blue skies, bright sunshine and temperatures above 30 degrees: then, a couple of days later, dampened by dark skies, howling winds and torrential rain …and struggling to reach 14 degrees!)

One of the things that Luther did in order to fight against his depression was to keep saying to himself “Baptizatus Sum” (I am baptised.) In other words, he reminded himself of his true identity as a child of God. Another thing he did was to write hymns. And he is quoted as saying, “As long as we live, there is never enough singing.” – Martin Luther

Luther knew the healing power of music and of singing in particular. I reckon he might have said (or sung) ‘Amen’ to the words of the contemporary motivational speaker, Emory Austin, who has written, “Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway!” and also to the comments of the singer, William James, who said, “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

Sing anyway! Any way you can.