This is a different post than I normally share - a bit more personal, but I was led to write it and wanted to see if it resonated with any of you.
The other day as I was sitting in traffic in my new delightful commute home (while I do adore our new place, I live further away from work and the commute is tragically twice as long), "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" came on my iPod and my eyes got a little teary. This was the song I walked down the aisle to when I married my college sweetheart.
When I was trying to select music for our wedding ceremony, I was stumped on what I should choose to walk down the aisle to. We knew we wanted it to be meaningful, but just didn't know what that was. I called my sister to help us and she encouraged us to choose something that not only represented our love for each other, but also represented what walking the aisle symbolizes - to reflect that we as believers, the bride of Christ, wait with anticipation for the day we will be reunited with our Bridegroom.
When she said this, I knew "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" was the song I wanted to walk down the aisle to. Now that it has this deeper meaning to me, when I sing this song in church or hear it on my iPod, I'm always overwhelmed with love, gratitude, thankfulness and peace. It now represents the love and respect I have for the person I will live my earthly life with and with the One who created me.
I think it's amazing that music can be so moving - taking you back to memories and experiences so quickly. When my mom was a senior in high school her grandfather (a man who came to America with a dream, his bride and a couple bills in his pocket) died at Christmas time. When she was a junior in college, my uncle was diagnosed with a brain tumor around Christmas and then died several years later during the Christmas season. Because of this, my mom almost always tears up at the Christmas Eve church service when we're singing hymns. Literally, when the lights go out and we hold our individual candles, there are more often than not tears rolling down her cheeks. Tears for both the loss she has experienced and gratefulness for the blessings she's been given.
Do you ever feel moved to tears by music? Is there a song in particular that triggers emotions or specific experiences for you? I would love to hear about how music or a specific song has been meaningful in your own life.
Thanks so much for reading and sharing! XO -