Are you sure?
This bookmark will be removed from all folders and any saved notes will be permanently removed.
MY OWN LOVE OF 'JOYFUL NOISE'
I've had a hunger for "world music" for more than a decade, and sacred music has a special place in my heart. I eagerly seek it out, and often find in it common threads of love, respect, humility, and gratitude that unite people from different faiths. The musicians often explicitly acknowledge that they are guided by the Divine more than by their own skill or understanding. Whether subdued Buddhist chanting or emotionally wrenching Sufi qawwali singing, sacred music is a way of describing God, and this variety of descriptions enriches my own understanding of the Divine.
Music is a crucial language for human expression. Mary Baker Eddy believed this, and her writings include frequent literal and metaphorical references to music. "Mental melodies and strains of sweetest music supersede conscious sound," she wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. "Music is the rhythm of head and heart. Mortal mind is the harp of many strings, discoursing either discord or harmony according as the hand, which sweeps over it, is human or divine" (p. 213).
Getting together over breakfast
with contributions from Mark Swinney, Iris Pellerano, Roma (Vaverka) Leacox, Michael Vesdelm, Patricia Ensign
Items of interest
with contributions from Jonathan Petre, Camille Bains
THE Brick Project
Text by Marilyn Jones Senior writer
'THE CATHEDRAL WITHIN'
Sacred music hits a high note
By Scott Allan Stevens
Only a song
Mindy Jostyn, Jacob Brackman
By Kim Shippey Senior Writer
Why I'm praying for God's wisdom at a time of war preparation
By J. Thomas Black
How spiritual healing happens
By Gay Bryant
Does the Bible contradict itself?
By Verta Driver
Two dumpsters... no sale?
By Beverly Hogan
The possible dream of world unity
By Stephen Gray
Recent Sentinel issue sparks healing
Jan M. Libengood
Health: ours from God alone
Solange Cravo Silveira
He found God to be the most effective surgeon
New hope in the new year