Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) wrote, “Don’t let yourself forget that God’s grace rewards not only those who never slip, but also those who bend and fall. So sing! The song of rejoicing softens hard hearts. It makes tears of godly sorrow flow from them. Singing summons the Holy Spirit. Happy praises offered in simplicity and love leads the faithful to complete harmony, without discord. Don’t stop singing.”
Sometimes it is not easy to sing. But as Hildegard writes, maybe this is why it can be so difficult to “summon the Holy Spirit,” and hope for change.
Seems to me that historically and personally, there are three times when we sing: when we are sad and despairing, when we are full of joy and hope and when we don’t know what else to do. So sing!
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” Jesus