STLT#138, These Things Shall Be

We now enter what we might call “The New Eden” section but which we actually call “In Time To Come” – this section is very aspirational, very “kingdom of heaven.” Which, I suppose, is needed, and helpful – goodness knows Dr. King’s “I have a dream” motivated people to reach for it, to believe in …

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STLT#135, How Happy Are They

It is hard to sing this hymn and not see an indictment of the character of the person who currently occupies the White House. The person this hymn describes is the person we want as our president – strong, self-reliant, truthful, not swayed by the attractions of fame, power, and wealth. And I think about …

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STLT#134, Our World Is One World

Until recently this has seemed rather a cheery hymn – a warm, confirming, gentle reminder of the butterfly effect. Yay, our world is one world, we’re all connected, our optimism matters. Right now, this feels largely like a warning that the Osmond Brothers were wrong, and one bad apple CAN spoil the whole bunch. I’m …

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STLT#133, One World

Dear readers, I’m afraid I will, for the first time in this practice, completely fail you. I am on the verge of ill and I don’t know this one at all – and my feeble attempts to plunk it out on my phone’s keyboard was futile. I may come back to this one when I …

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STLT#132, Bright Those Jewels

Here’s another hymn I might have noticed if the title wasn’t just the first few words – and one I now plan to use. One of my regular readers, Kaye, has remarked more than once that using the first line rather than the actual (or at least more meaningful) title often leads us to ignore good hymns …

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STLT#131, Love Will Guide Us

Depending on how it’s played, I either love this hymn or hate it. There’s no inbetween. Because if it’s played square, and especially if it’s played square and slow, it’s like a zombie – dead but still going. And when the music is zombielike, the lyrics become saccharine and bitter in the mouth. But when …

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STLT#130, O Liberating Rose

Sometimes I know what I think about a hymn before I start singing, and let the experience of singing affirm or shift those thoughts. Sometimes I don’t know, and I let the experience of singing take me somewhere, and as a result some of my posts have been more theological, or musical, or silly, or …

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