2011-07-29 / Church

Today’s Meditation

From The Upper Room
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Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Pray without ceasing.

-1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NRSV)

Have you ever had a song stuck in your head -- one that continues to play over and over in your mind? Since I’ve participated in church choirs starting when I was small, I have a huge memory collection of anthems and hymns I have sung. When reading the Bible, I often come across a passage that was used as a lyric in one of those songs. I wind up singing the song to myself, and then it gets stuck in my head -- which means I sing it over and over until it drives me almost crazy. There’s even a term in English for this phenomenon: earworm.

However, when I recently came across the verse, “Pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5, I wondered if those earworms might actually be good for me. If I sing the same spiritual song over and over, couldn’t that be considered continuous prayer? The words of those songs certainly turn my mind toward God, as I conduct my daily, worldly business.

Now when a song I know from church gets stuck in my head, I pay attention to what I’m singing, using the words as a prayer rather than trying to push the song from my mind. Plus, I listen more attentively to what God might be trying to tell me through that particular song. An earworm can become a blessing!

Kim Sheard

(Virginia, USA)

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to pray without ceasing and to keep our minds focused on you. Amen.

Thought for the Day: Listen to some music that inspires you to praise God.

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