Music Prayer: Sample the Prayer

Music prayer employs lyrics and notes in a unified expression of both the principles and the playfulness of our relationships with God.

If your time is limited, take a significant piece of music with you throughout your day and repeat it at appropriate intervals, on the train or in your car as you commute, on your headset as you walk the dog or take your daily exercise, piped throughout the house as you dust. With each repetition, practice one of the listening steps (4–6). Choose another piece for the next day. Each day, notice how or when the lyrics and music return to you and speak for you or the circumstances in the non-listening portions of your day. What are you saying to God about the situation? What might he be saying to you?

Barth’s Balance of Dogma and Play


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