Sandra McCracken came to my college when I was a senior to speak about art and faith. She said something that struck me at the time (so much so that I whipped out my flip phone right there in the chapel and texted it to myself). She said that music leads us to a place of tenderness, where our hearts are open to God. That's why worship matters. That's why "Christian" music shouldn't suck and should instead be excellent. Because it plays a part in our conversations with God.
I'm blessed with not one but two best friends who are incredible musicians. Some of the greatest peace I've ever experienced has been ushered in by their voices, blending in perfect harmony. It puts me into a state of perfect bliss for which I've yet to find a match. Someday, when my ill-equipped Asian hips are forced to push out a child, I plan to have my two BFFs in the delivery room, singing my kids into the world. Hold the epidural, I'll take some sweet harmonies instead. (Gross? Who cares.)
I found this video on my phone from my time in Hawaii. I hope it brings your heart to a place of tenderness. I hope it puts you in a state of wonder. I hope that wonder makes you want to meet or meet with the Being who creates beauty and gives these good gifts and makes these beautiful girls want to sing like this.
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