There is something about the old hymns that just bless my heart.
Don't get me wrong, I love a lot of the worship songs and contemporary Christian music we have nowadays. But just to reach down and pick up a hymnal does something for my soul.
Who doesn't love to sing some "Amazing Grace" or "How Great Thou Art?" And let's not forget some "Blessed Assurance."
I plan on making sure our baby girl knows all about some hymns. It saddens me to know that some of the kids of even this generation don't know or have even heard of some "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" or what about "It Is Well With My Soul."
I'm also praying that baby Joy gets a some of her daddy's God-given musical ability, which he got from his mother.
But I don't want to limit Joy's genre of music to just hymns, I hope she has a huge desire to worship Him in all kinds of forms of music. If I know my husband Kevin, he will definitely make sure she's exposed to Kutless, DC Talk and Skillet -- those are some of the hard rock Christian bands around.
Nonetheless, no matter the beat of the music or if is it sung solo or with a whole choir of folks, it is the words to the song that can really motivate you to enter into a time of worship.
Another beautiful thing about worship-Him in songs is that you can do it any place, any time and anywhere, with someone else or by yourself, singing your heart out to the Lord.
Some are more moved by a sermon and others by music. Either way is fine.
But for me personally, I love the music. I always have.
I can remember as a little girl making up songs in the back seat of grandma's big old Cadillac. I couldn't for the life of me repeat any of the songs to you now, but I can always remember grandma encouraging me to keep singing. She would say, "You sing your heart out for the Lord, little girl."
That's what I'm going to tell Joy, too.
So, maybe this week you will be reminded of your favorite hymn and why it is your favorite to begin with.
"Blessed Assurance" and "How Great Thou Art" are among my top five favorite hymns. Both of those songs remind me of His everlasting love for me and His peace that passes all understanding in my life.
But lets not forget, "Are You Washed in the Blood?" ... well, are you?
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.