Unitarian Hymnal Sing-along

In which Kathryn attempts to sing a different song everyday from the Unitarian Universalist hymnal, 'Singing the Living Tradition'. Earlier posts are based on songs from the Reader's Digest songbooks she found at yard sales as a child, including: 'Reader's Digest Treasury of Best Loved Songs', 'Reader's Digest Family Songbook', and 'Reader's Digest Family Songbook of Faith and Joy'. Bonus Folk song material from: 'Folk Song USA', by John and Alan Lomax.

20 July 2006

"Take My Hand, Precious Lord"

This is just a great song. So incredibly great to sing that. . . I don't want to sully my praise with reservations. It's that good. There's something about spirituals, a blues-y earthy reality that they have. I sang a lot of wonderful spiritual arrangements in college choir, they've stick in my head, and I feel embarassed to still be so moved. But I am moved. I sang this today in my voice lesson, with more feeling than Beth has yet seen. I had been exhausted coming into the lesson today, and this didn't energize me, but the breaths I took seemed to reach very deeply, very fully into the center of me, and from that center came my voice and strength, my belief: 'I am tired, I am weak, I am worn. . . Hear my cry, hear my call. Hold my hand, lest I fall. . .'

I miss vacations alone. I miss those I used to take with my husband, without my daughter. We're going away this weekend, just for the day, and all I can think is that my daughter will go ballistic, singly or multiply, and I will have to deal with her. I will get no break. This doesn't entirely make sense: my husband will be there, and my family. I know that they'll pitch in if I appear to be going insane. I still miss being alone. I miss it so much that I just want to cry. I feel like the summer will never end. The endless heat doesn't help.


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