Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Mandisa, Natalie Grant, the Grammys and Living for Him

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The line,”Music hath charms to soothe the soul”,  has often been quoted for good reason. For years music therapy has been an important component of healing and rehabilitation.

Our son has severe physical and mental limitations, but he can hum his favorite tunes in perfect pitch. We realized his love for music when he was in a special preschool that provided music therapy for the students.

When I was growing up our home was always filled with the sounds of Big Band music and Dixieland jazz.

There were often spontaneous gatherings around our piano for hymns sung in duet, trio or four-part harmony.

Motown, The Beetles and Elvis have prominent places in my memories and when our girls became teens we rocked along with the groups of the eighties and nineties.

Right now I’m listening to String Quintet No 2.(I know this because the title is displayed on the screen) and thinking what a talent Mozart was.

There are millions of people like me whose musical tastes lead them to avoid what is now referred to as Main Stream Music and its antics.

I didn’t watch the Grammy Awards, but the media provided enough information that made me think I didn’t miss a music award so much as I avoided a mess.

Natalie Grant, a critically acclaimed Christian artist attended and unintentionally caused a media storm when she left early.

She tweeted that the night was a beautiful reminder of why she chooses to stay in Christian music rather than enter the main stream. She did not say one unkind word about any of the performances that she sat through.

Mandisa, a beautiful and talented Christian artist who won two Grammy Awards, stayed home. She cited several good reasons but the one I appreciated most was,

“I have been struggling with being in the world, not of it lately. I have fallen prey to the alluring pull of flesh, pride and selfish desires quite a bit recently. I knew that submerging myself into an environment that celebrates those things was risky for me at this time.

I can’t force my morality on anyone else. What I can do is stand firm in my values and do all these things in love.”

These women are on a world stage and their personal decisions caused media storms to come against them. But there are storms going on constantly on smaller stages.

Here is a recent Facebook post which powerfully expresses this young woman’s feelings on living her faith,

I love Jesus! I love Him more than anyone which is why I praise Him, worship Him, talk about Him and think about Him all the time . .It is why no matter how ugly the world seems, I fear nothing. Jesus had my back on the cross. He had my back when He rose, and He has my back now. There are more people who feel the way I do than there are who don’t. We’ve just been too afraid to offend the very ones who have no problem offending us.

We talk in hushed groups at work or school, but not too loudly for fear of being reprimanded, written up or called out by bigger voices and smaller spirits. I will no longer hush my voice or apologize for believing exactly what the Word of God says. It is His love letter to me and it is beautiful. It is Holy and true.”

On stages big and small people are being obedient as they live out Psalms 107:2, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!”

Wanting their lives to glorify Him, they provide encouragement for other believers and give  non believers something to think about.

Mother wrote in her journal, “Obedience is both passive and active. It is not just enough to avoid what is wrong, we need to actively pursue what is right.”

These young women have reminded me that as one of the redeemed I glorify Him when I say so.

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

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