Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of January 28, 2007
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will
sing praises to my God all my life long."
My spiritual director once asked what my spiritual
resolutions were for the new year. I piously
pondered and responded, "Years ago I used to read
ten chapters of scripture a day. I haven't done
that for years. I'd like to resume that spiritual
discipline." Her eyes twinkled as she laughed.
"Ten chapters of scripture a day?" She gasped
with glee. "You need to sit with ten words of
scripture a day. Try praying a few words or
phrases. Hold them in your heart and enjoy God."
How on earth can any of us truly enjoy God? Praise
through singing is one good place to begin. When
I baptized a little boy several years ago, I
invited both his family and the church to teach
this young child to sing before he got old enough
to be self-conscious and worried about what other
people think. Then we sang the beautiful hymn,
"Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells
me so. Little ones to him belong. They are weak
but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me. Yes, Jesus
loves me. Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me
so." (Osbeck, Kenneth W. "Amazing Grace: 366
Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions," p. 73.
The author quotes Anna Warner's hymn, "Jesus Loves
Me," written in 1860.)
The apostle Paul reminded the first century Colossian
church, "with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms,
hymns, and spiritual songs to God" (Colossians 3:16c).
Singing praises helps us pray more fully. I have
often heard it said that those who sing pray twice.
Any songs coming from our hearts are music to God's
ears. Many enjoy singing scripture as a wonderful
way to pray. So sing! Make up your own melodies.
Sing in the shower. Sing in your car. Sing while
cleaning bathrooms. Sing praises to God with gusto.
God loves our joyful sounds. Sing for the rest of
your precious lives. Enjoy God.
God, let psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs make
beautiful music in my heart. Bless each reader
with many songs of joy, gratitude, love, and peace.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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