Last night at band practice, our devotions were provided by Joanne McMillan. We’d like to share these with you today.
In my job working with young people there is a lot of focus at the moment on mental health. Lots of young people are struggling with day to day life for a whole host of reasons including covid, broken families, poverty and issues relating to social media such as body image pressures and cyber bullying.
I’ve always enjoy the image of the bible passage in Matthew 11:28-30
“𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦,𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵. 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘬𝘦 𝘶𝘱𝘰𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘮𝘦,𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘶𝘮𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵.”
There are many songs we sing that remind us that we can bring our burdens to God. I remember a songster song that was often playing in the car when I was younger (I think from the Len Ballantine days) based on that passage with a gentle melody that created a feeling of calm.
Another example would be the old song.
𝘐𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰’𝘦𝘳𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘸?
𝘐𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘣𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦?
𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴, 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨;
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘹𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺—𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦.
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘹𝘪𝘦𝘵𝘺, 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦,
𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘵, 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦,
𝘕𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢 𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘏𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳,
𝘕𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴!
The latest singing company book seems to address this in the lyrics of several of the new songs. One called ‘Show Me Your Face’ by Denise Brine and Kay Moorby uses these words in the 2nd and third verses:
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦, 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦.,
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘮𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘶𝘳𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘴.
𝘐 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘶𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴, 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘪𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴,
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘦𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦, 𝘐’𝘮 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘦, 𝘈 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴.
𝘚𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦.
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦, 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘺, 𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳,
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦;
𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘐 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨.
𝘐’𝘭𝘭 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘺, 𝘤𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘣𝘺 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘺, 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨;
𝘚𝘰 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦.
What a message for our young people in the singing company to sing as a personal testimony.
In schools there is a strong message that it’s ok not to be ok and to always find someone to talk to when you are struggling. Aren’t we lucky that we always have someone on hand? I’m not suggesting that as Christians we will never feel that sense of anxiety or overwhelm but we have that extra special support that many today don’t have.
Loving God, please grant us peace of mind and calm any troubled hearts. Give us the strength and clarity of mind to find our purpose and walk the path you’ve laid out for us. We trust your love God, and know that you will heal our stress. Just as the sun rises each day against the dark of night. Amen.