The ways in which we make music have certainly changed this past year. We cannot simply gather in a room to sing our favorite hymn, and even our best efforts to make music together (safely) can be difficult. However, music remains a much-needed vehicle for hope and inspiration. Songs have a way of evoking fond memories, allowing us to recall better days, which, in turn, can fill us with renewed hope. When your favorite song comes on the radio, do you ever say, “turn that down”? I think not. We all love to sing along to our favorites, because they bring us great joy.

One of my favorite hymns is one I’d call an “oldy but goody,” and it answers that age-old question: how did Jesus take his tea? That’s right, little do most know, but Jesus did not use sugar, or Equal, or even Splenda … he used Sweet and Low. (OK, that was a full on Dad Joke, but I do love this hymn.) Check out these wonderful lyrics and sing along with those nearby … be sure to harmonize on the refrain!

“He Keeps Me Singing” (Luther Bridgers, 1910)

There’s within my heart a melody; Jesus whispers sweet and low, “Fear not, I am with you, peace, be still,” in all of life’s ebb and flow.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, sweetest name I know. Fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.

Indeed, this hymn is a great reminder of where to place our hope and trust—especially during difficult times. The promise of God isn’t that everything will be perfect, but that Jesus will walk with us, giving us strength for each day. The third stanza reminds us again of that promise.

Though sometimes He leads through waters deep, trials fall across the way;
Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep, see His footprints all the way.

I hope you’ll take some time to reflect on this wonderful hymn, and then to sing it! Grab your sweet tea, raise your voice, and keep on singing as you go! May the peace of Christ be with you.