music and memory

Earlier this week I got started listening to some music from my middle and high-school years.
I ended up on an album that I probably haven’t listened to since those years.
Almost immediately I could remember exactly what my room looked like and where my boombox was. I could remember what it felt like to walk into my room after a long day of school, turn that album up loud in my room and close the door (needed introvert time even then).
It was a lovely memory.
Music is good for that; carries memory, emotion, amplifies feelings or changes moods.
Of course, it’s not the only thing with that power. As we’re managing lots of questions and transitions these days there are lots of contributors to our emotional state. I’m paying more attention to them than normal.
In times of transition or open questions, it can be even more remind yourself that the God can handle whatever comes. This psalm is that for me.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth

You have set your glory n the heavens.

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 

You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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