I got the nicest surprise in the mail today. Linda from Mocha With Linda sent me a copy of How Sweet the Sound. It is a book written by George Beverly Shea and it contains the stories behind over 50 hymns, as well as reflections by Bev Shea and Billy Graham, among others.
In a word: priceless.
It's no secret that I love hymns. I love the theology, the arrangements and the memories that I associate with them. I love the simple and the complex, the old and the new. Nothing pleases me more than the sound of perfectly blended four part harmony praising God through song.
I believe that the people who write music for the purpose of glorifying God are inspired by Him. How else can you explain the lasting power of Christian music? I feel as though I need to clarify that I feel the same way about contemporary music, although my first love is the traditional hymn. I am just as moved by Praise You in This Storm or Jesus Bring the Rain, as I am by There is a Fountain or The Way That He Loves.
So, I am settling in for a lovely evening of reading and reflecting. I think I might start it off by sitting down at the piano and playing a few hymns. My heart just overflows with joy when I hear my children singing when I play, not even aware that they are doing it. They have heard the melodies so many times that they automatically hum along.
Thank you Linda. You bless me in so many ways, and you made my day. Thank you for my wonderful book that I will always cherish. When we get together in June, I'll have to get you to write an inscription in it!