During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. – John 15:4
Music has always played a big part in my life. I am moved by music. I was singing in the children’s choir when I was 2 years old. I sang in church and in school from elementary to high school. The hymns I sang as a child helped me to form and understand my faith. So it’s no surprise that music still informs my faith.
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday I often try and contemplate Jesus’ last hours with his disciples. How was he feeling? As he prayed in the garden, what may have been some of his internal thoughts? What did he wish his disciples were doing instead of sleeping?
I have found one Christian artist who has accurately captured my feelings. I discovered the artist Matt Maher a few years ago. His music is deeply theological and speaks of faith in an honest way.
A couple of years ago, I was listening to Matt Maher’s “Saints and Sinners” album. And I found the song “Abide With Me” is the perfect soundtrack to Good Friday. It is also a soundtrack that helps when I am asking “How long God?” and “Why God?”
So take a listen to this track. I hope and pray it holds meaning for you as it does for me. (Stay tuned for Easter! Matt has a song for that too!)