Medicine For My Soul
During my lifetime I have learned the importance of music in my life. Growing up I experienced the ups and downs of the generational experiences. I, too, had parents that didn’t like the music I liked to listen to.
In time, I learned a lot of lessons. And I must honestly tell you that today I still love to listen to some of the music from my teenage years.
Perhaps one of the things that intrigues me so much about music is the fact that typically it takes several people that chose to come together to make things happen. I love to watch the bands play with all of the instruments and vocals in sync. If the group is good enough, and there are many of them out there that are, you can only hear the harmony that comes from them. Even with a great solo act the accompaniment is very well balanced to give the music the punch it has or the calming effect I love so much.
The reason I wanted to share this with you is because music has taught me very much. In church, I learned old hymns that I still cherish in my heart and soul. And I love to spend time listening to many groups that sing music that uplifts me; music is the medicine that speaks to my soul.
A Heart Wrenching Experience
One of the things I enjoy doing on a regular basis is listening to concerts produced by the Gaither’s. Recently, I was astonished to watch a Gaither Homecoming show where Bill interviewed his wife Gloria talking about her inspiration for the words of a song. I would like to share excerpts from that interview and words from the song that spoke so deeply to my soul when I listened to it. I can honestly say the words to this song are my earnest prayer for every moment of my life.
Sitting there in the studio Bill made some comments and his wife Gloria went on to explain how this project came about for her. As Gloria began I understood her to say that a book she read in college, “How Then Shall We Live” By: Francis Schaeffer inspired her. The answer to that question became the focus to the lyrics to the song I love so much, “I Then Shall Live.” Let me share some of the words Gloria shared in part of that interview. You always need to have ideas bigger than your life. Someone has said if you want to be happy lower your expectations. The truth is if you want to be great raise them. We are always living up to the great ideals that we say to ourselves over and over.
Gloria went on to say something to the affect of “My favorite part is I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven and then what does that mean to live as if you’ve been forgiven?” People already know what’s wrong with them; I know what is wrong with me. What we need in our lives are people that call us to something bigger by forgiving us when we don’t need it, showing us mercy when we probably need justice, showing us love when we have betrayed, that is overwhelming and it calls us higher.
With that, the introduction began to play as the Gaither Vocal Band prepared to perform the song.
I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven
I’ll watch with joy to know my debts are paid
I know my name is clear before my Father
I am his child and I am not afraid
So greatly pardoned I’ll forgive my brother
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion
I’ve been so loved, that I’ll risk loving too
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view
And when relationships demand commitment
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your kingdom come around and through and in me
Your power and glory, let them shine through me
Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor
And may your living Kingdom come in me
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor
And may You feed a hungry world through me.