I just love the way God works sometimes!
I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and got a discount on my vegetables by being the pickup site host…I call it my weekly veggie-sitting gig!
Anyway, I wasn’t too worried about the boredom of sitting around for a couple hours once a week…I’ve got books, mp3 player, a pad of paper and pen…I can easily entertain myself for a couple of hours, right?
Well, the pickup site is my church, so I have another way to amuse myself…a piano within eyesight of the front door that the veggie folks come to!
(yes, I play a LITTLE piano. Emphasize LITTLE.)
Let me back up a little though. I stumbled across this site for prayer on the mp3 when looking for the daily office as a podcast. (note, this ISN’T a daily office podcast)
Now, I’m not sure this particular prayer podcast deeply speaks to me, but coincidentally enough, it reminded me of a prayer style that DOES! Part of the podcast appears to be a rotating prayerful musical selection. The particular Wednesday I was sitting there happened to be a week when Taize was the featured music. I infrequently used to attend a Taize prayer service held at my church. I think I want to get me a Taize album for my mp3 player! If you haven’t heard Taize before you absolutely must give it a try! Beautiful, repetitive, wonderful prayers set to sweet music that tugs at my heartstrings at least.
I’m trying to decide what album to purchase. Anyone have any ideas? I went to amazon.com and searched for taize as artist. If you can recommend one album over another I’d love to hear your suggestion. And if you’ve never listened to taize before you can go there to hear a brief clip to whet your spiritual appetite for more?
Pray without ceasing. Let prayer pray within you. That is most assuredly a niche for musical prayer (ever been unable to get a song out of your head? Here are songs you want to feed into that endless repeat track!), and Taize is perhaps the perfect example of musical prayer!
Peace to you all, and I’d love to hear from you with opinions on this?
(bonus points for sharing your favorite taize chant with the cyberworld? Bye again!)