Isaac wrote a reflection on his visit to a Mennonite church in Chicago. Here’s an excerpt:
…His voice wavers, fading in and out; and it sounds as if his throat is full of gravel. Yet he sings with confidence: “Just a closer walk with thee; Grant it, Jesus, is my plea.” The rest of us join in his song: “I am weak, but thou art strong; Jesus, keep me from all wrong.”
As we sing, our lives are drawn together. As we worship God, we rest into the presence of the Holy Spirit. The God who breathed life into the first humans now breathes through our songs, enlivening our spirits with the Spirit of God. Singing is our communion. We share the Spirit with each of our breaths, drawing into our bodies the breath that comes with the words from the ones beside us. “Every song could be an expression of communion,” writes the liturgical musician Mary K. Oyer…
For the rest of it, follow this link to the online version of the Mennonite Weekly Review: Breathing the Spirit’s breath.