HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Oct. 19, 2016-I WAS SICK, AND YOU CARED FOR ME
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open and into the light, out of the darkness.” –Reba McEntire
I have always had a torrid love affair with sad songs. As a musician, lyricist, and both avid fan and listener of pretty much every genre of music known to man, ballads have always appealed to my senses as a creator and consumer of music far more than any party anthems or huge bass bangers. That is not to say that there isn’t a wealth of high energy songs that explore the depth and intensity of the world we live in and our spiritual lives but, to me at least, there has always been something more real and honest about an artist who cracks open their soul and delivers the pain inside set to verse and melody.
There is something particularly healing about putting on your favorite artist’s saddest song or, better yet, creating one of your own. It’s a cleansing act and it’s my belief that this healing, in part, comes from simply sharing your experiences, your pain, and your struggle with other beings that have seemingly, if only momentarily, intersected your spiritual path and gone through the same dark forests as you may have visited before. Hebrews 10: 23-25 says this:
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
I believe that in portraying our struggle through not only music, but all art, and more daringly just through open conversation we can take powerful steps in not only letting people know that they’re not alone in the fight but as Hebrews chapter ten tells us, stir up love and good works in one another and encourage each other to continue despite the pain and struggle we may indentify with them for.
So whether you listen to Jay Z’s ‘Song Cry’ or Reba McEntire’s ‘Fancy’ when you reach for your favorite feel record, or if you’re like me and listen to ‘em both back to back, take a second to put some emotion on your turntable or Ipod’s shuffle today. Or better yet, sit down in front of a piano, pick up a guitar, or flip open your notebook and pen your own soulful ballad to better connect with all the little and large struggles going on in the world around you. In having conversations, through music, art, or simply speaking out, we can identify with the spiritual journeys of our sisters and brothers as well as begin to uplift and encourage a down trodden world.
Today’s Action: Take a moment and really feel your favorite ballad or sad song today, either another’s or your own. Identify with the emotion and feeling you felt the first time you heard the song, wrote it, or performed it. Take just a second to hold emotional solidarity with all the people that may be feeling that particular feeling today. Now you can get back to the anthems and bangers.
Today’s Sharing: Share what particular song you decided to listen to today. In doing so, maybe you can give someone else a piece of creation that saw you through that same dark forest that their path has now led them into. Share your stories on our Facebook page at facebook.com/holyhereticzine
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