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I listen music almost all the time; when I’m working, when I’m running or biking,
when I’m sewing, and definitely when I’m cooking. Making dinner after a day of
mentally wrestling with characters and plots absolutely requires a peppy playlist. And
possibly a few equally peppy dance moves? It’s been known to happen.
My musical tastes are wide and varied. I like Gilbert and Sullivan, Rogers and
Hammerstein. I also like Yo-Yo Ma and Mozart. And the Beach Boys. And Queen.
You’ll find a lot of Christian contemporary music on my Spotify playlist as well.
That’s something I tune into often when I’m working out. Those joyous, hopeful
lyrics lift my spirit as well as my feet.
This is Holy Week. A time when Christians around the globe pause to reflect on the
persecution, death, sacrifice, and salvation of Jesus. Then turn their minds and hearts
toward the celebration of His resurrection and the evidence and import of the empty
For followers of Christ, this is the most important week in the entire church
calendar, even bigger than Christmas. People from different Christian traditions
mark this week in different ways. Some will participate in services several times
leading up to Easter Sunday, attending church on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday,
Holy Friday, and Easter Vigil.
I will be attending Holy Friday services at my church this week as well as the Easter
Sunday celebration. But I’m also making Holy Week a time for personal reflection
and renewal by listening to music that reminds me of why Easter matters.
Music For Your Soul
This week my playlist is filled with music that turns my thoughts to the passion and
the promise. The mind-bending, soul expanding love that is the life, death, and
resurrection of Christ. This music summons up so many deep emotions for me. As
I’ve listened, sometimes my eyes have sometimes welled, sometimes my heart has
leapt for joy.
But more than anything, my soul has burned with a deep, abiding gratitude for a
priceless gift so utterly undeserved.
How deep the Father’s love for us.
How vast beyond all measure.
That He should send His only son,
To make a wretch His treasure.
The lyrics to this lovely old hymn, as well as many more contemporary ones, have
filled my ears and resonated in my heart this Holy Week. It’s been a beautiful
experience, one I wanted to share with you, Fierce Friends.
Here it is, my Holy Week playlist.
How Deep The Father’s Love for Us – Chelsea Moon and Uncle Daddy
This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
Be Thou My Vision – Audrey Assad
Death Was Arrested – Laura Story
Glorious Day – Kristian Stanfill
Scandal of Grace – Shane & Shane
Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
King of the World – Natalie Grant
Out of Hiding – Tye Tibbet, Lena Byrd-Miles
You Say – Lauren Daigle
I Shall Not Want – Audrey Assad
Jesus Is Alive – Fellowship Creative
Because He Lives – Matt Maher
The Lion and The Lamb – Big Daddy Weave
Happy Easter, my friends.
May your week be filled with beautiful music and blessed by soul-expanding joy.