My intention is to make comments related to lines and phrases from hymn texts... almost as a devotional thought for those of us to whom hymnody is still important to our worship -- corporate and personal. With a real passion to maintain the use of hymns in worship, my purpose is to draw attention to hidden gems of wisdom and insight into the faith experience which are sometimes nestled deep within the text... like in that third stanza some people skip!
I'm plan to comment on hymn-lines from different denominations -- or at least from hymns that are shared by many denominations. But my background is Baptist (see my profile), and so you'll find that I have had my most meaningful "ah-ha" moments with hymn-lines from that tradition.
I'm committed to being careful in my use of sexist language. I will avoid using gender-specific pronouns to refer to humans -- that 'neither male nor female' thing from the epistles! I will most often use the male pronouns when referring to God and the persons of the Trinity. Not because I have a real hang-up about that, but because it takes a lot of extra energy to avoid using pronouns... and switching back and forth has never made any sense to me. So those of you who find this offensive, to you I apologize... but I'm not apologetic!
All of my entries will not be clever, but I will try my darndest not to be boring! And if I hit a day when I just can't seem to connect with my writing-muse, there may be no posting. We creative-types -- you know how we are!
Sometimes I will direct you to a site where you can hear the singing or playing of the hymn at hand. Some of my friends have already told me they will send me audio files that I can embed into the blog.
Thanks for spending a couple of minutes with me now and then. Let me know what you think, especially if your reaction is good! :)