Energy and Passion for Music

By Hannah Snyder of Ashland, Ohio, USA

…and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Colossians 3:16–17

The following is a letter written to Hal McKain of Lamoni, Iowa, after a band camp at Graceland University:

I am among the many kids who were part of the Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps in the summer of 2010. We were part of an event that often gets brushed off by sports athletes and their coaches. That’s why it was significant you noticed our rehearsal behind your house that Sunday. Music can be emotional, but even so, it’s easy to forget why we got into music in the first place—to touch people.

As I sit in my apartment in Ohio, sipping water out of my Graceland University water bottle, I am reminded of that night’s ensemble. The sunset was beautiful, everyone was full of energy and passion, and the run-through was successful. You helped us remember why we love drum corps when we needed reminding most.

On the previous night we were in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because of a huge storm, we stood in an ice hockey rink for hours, cold, hungry, and tired. In the morning one of our buses broke down for what seemed like the millionth time, and we had to leave it behind for repairs. We had little sleep and even less patience.

I want you know how much your kind words and your gift touched each member of the drum corps. My friends and I slipped our lucky dollar coins in the front pocket of our uniforms for every show of the tour. It reminds me of our day at Graceland. It reminds me that every day we have the opportunity to touch others without even realizing how much it could mean to them.

 Prayer for Peace:

God of music and the rhythms of the Earth, we thank you for those who touch our lives with kindness and share with us the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice for the Week: Making Responsible Choices

Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God’s vision for creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most. Ask for blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant:

Today God, I will not brush off or pass by those who are making an effort to touch others. I will recognize their efforts and show my appreciation for them.

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