Moving towards May and its usual hectic activities– school exams, weddings, graduations, etc.– can leave one feeling pretty anxious. Add in what confronts us day after day on the world stage— violence, extreme poverty, political campaigns, etc—and one can experience an unsettling that shakes the very core of equilibrium.
Audrey Assad, contemporary American singer and Christian musician, in her 2016 collection, Inheritance, gives a beautiful rendition of the age old hymn, How Can I Keep From Singing. We’ve heard it in church; we’ve sung it at special events. Have we ever really listened to the words? “My life flows on in endless song, above earth’s lamentation. . . . No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that Rock I’m clinging.”
Listen to Audrey sing the song, and go ahead, sing it with her! Let the music “find an echo in your soul.” The message will reassure you that you’ll make it through today and every day, not just as a survivor, but as one who keeps trusting. “The Peace of Christ makes fresh our hearts,” even in challenging times. How can we keep from singing? And by the way, for those of you who live in the St. Louis area, Audrey Assad will be live in concert at Assumption Church in O’Fallon on Friday, April 29th.