Anybody Here Found Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

Music food of love

The Shakespearean quote from the opening of Twelfth Night, “If music be the food of love, play on,” was meant with a negative connotation to suit the purpose of his play.  Yet, I prefer to use that sentence to mean something very romantic or even spiritual:  if love can be fed by music, don’t stop playing!

Most people find music to be sensual, affecting the emotions.  I certainly do.  Though, that does not mean all music affects the senses or individuals in the same way.  The melodies, harmonies, rhythm, and lyrics blend to create moods.  And each individual piece of music affects us differently.  It boils down to taste.

When it comes to religious music, I bask in the tunes and lyrics of the songs my Baptist choir sings.  Our Music Minister selects pieces which usually are powerful in conveying their message using words accompanied by music incorporating sounds, tempo, rhythm which send me (and many others) to heavenly realms.

Say Amen (by Kenna West, Michael Farren, Jason Cox, and Blake Neesmith) is particularly meaningful.  It presents a narrative with special meaning to me as someone who is deciphering life:

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“Life here is a journey we walk by faith.  And there will always be the mountains in our way.  But right here in this moment may our strength be renewed, as we recall what God has done, and how we’ve seen Him move.”

Those are strong words.  Who has not had mountains appear overnight causing stress and pain in dealing with the situation?  And through these experiences we have learned little by little that God is always in the fire of the moment and ready to support us in our grief.

The song continues:  “If there’s anybody here who knows He’s faithful, anybody here who knows He’s able, say amen.  And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power, anybody here brought thru the fire, say amen.  Anybody here found joy in the midst of sorrow, peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow, and seen it time and time again?  Just say amen.”

That is my testimony!  The greatest mountains I have had to overcome are the death of an adult child followed by a marriage which dissolved after 42 years.  God was tremendously faithful in my plights.  He was always at my side.  And in spite of the sorrow, there was always something to bring joy — deep joy.  Happiness which can only come from an inner wellspring.  Even when the storm was raging, I could depend on peace being at the end.  I had hope tomorrow would be better.

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“Sometimes through the darkness, it’s hard to see, so just be brave and follow where He leads.  ‘Cause greater is the One who’s in us than he who’s in the world.  So child of God, remember the battle is the Lord’s.”

Though there are difficult times, once we have experienced the faithfulness of God in small things, we can be brave and courageous in the bigger things trusting God will provide sunlight peeking through with a secure, happy ending.

“If there’s anybody here who knows He’s faithful, anybody here who knows He’s able, say amen.  And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power, anybody here brought thru the fire, say amen.  Anybody here found joy in the midst of sorrow, peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow, and seen it time and time again?  Just say amen.”

“Even in the valley of the shadow, when you feel alone in the unknown, say amen!  Say amen!  Even when the storms are raging, stand and know you’re not forsaken .  Say amen, say amen.”

“If there’s anybody here who knows He’s faithful, anybody here who knows He’s able, say amen.  And if there’s anybody here who’s seen His power, anybody here brought thru the fire, say amen.  Anybody here found joy in the midst of sorrow, peace in the storm, hope for tomorrow, and seen it time and time again?  Just say amen.”

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About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to Anybody Here Found Joy in the Midst of Sorrow

  1. Kathryn Martin says:

    Amen

    Like

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