Picking service music and readings that helps ease this task isn't that easy either. What song or Bible passage can possibly help when you've really wronged someone or have been wronged? Sometimes the best I thing we can hope for is the comfort of our weekly 'routine'. Confession and Forgiveness is a big part of our Lutheran faith and we get to do it first thing each week-even before that opening hymn-and then we seek comfort in a good tune and text, hear the good news, share the peace with our neighbor and come to The Table.
We have two hymns this week that will enhance the message of forgiveness and comfort that God provides. Our hymn of the day, "Healer of Our Every Ill" by Marty Haugen reminds us that God truly is the healer of our every ill no matter what. If you ever find yourself despairing or convinced that there is no hope please sing this hymn before you give up. "Seek Ye First" LAFFERTY is not in our ELW but is a popular hymn known through the world over. This was one of the first pieces I sang as a child in a Children's Choir at my home church (that my Dad directed!). If you are seeking some divine inspiration or amends or you just need a bit of comfort in your life this hymn is the ticket. Karen Lafferty, the composer, wrote this hymn when she was in a tough place in her life. She was experiencing financial problems after starting a full-time music ministry. After attending a Bible study on Matthew 6:33 she went home and wrote this simple piece. Not only did it provide the comfort and inspiration that she was looking for but it became so popular that it was the vehicle that allowed her to continue her important ministry work in music.
Growing up is tough and sometimes I don't think it is any easier as an adult because often times we get in our own way. I certainly am not trying to make light of any problems you may be experiencing but before you throw in the towel consider the comfort of our very specific 'routine' each Sunday. If you do nothing else seek solace in our hymns. I promise, God will hear you and listen.