Songs for Prayer and Discernment

Recently, on our Giving Voice Facebook page someone asked for friends to share songs from any genre that speak to God, discernment, and vocations.  (For those of you who aren’t familiar, Giving Voice is an organization within which sisters under the age of 50 come together for networking, prayer, support, action, and fun.)  I thought I’d share some current favorites of my own and some songs from the list for your own prayer and listening pleasure.

  • God Help Me, Plumb
  • How Sweet It Is, James Taylor
  • You’re the Inspiration, Chicago
  • Closer to Fine, Indigo Girls
  • Braver Still, JJ Heller
  • Abide, Carrie Newcomer and Parker J. Palmer
  • Dwell Among Us, Salt of the Sound
  • It’s Going to Be Alright; Sara Groves
  • Home, Philip Phillips
  • Find Love, Clem Snide
  • Top of the World, the Carpenters
  • The Call, Regina Spektor
  • Joyful, Joyful, Sister Act 2
  • Lift My Life Up, Unspoken
  • Crash and Burn, Savage Garden
  • Help Me Find It, Sidewalk Prophets
  • Caught in Love, Belle and Sebastian
  • You Get What You Give, New Radicals
  • Good Riddance, Green Day
  • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
  • One Foot, Building 429
  • Shake It Off, Taylor Swift
  • This Is Home, Switchfoot
  • A Place in the Sun, Stevie Wonder
  • I Bet My Life, Imagine Dragons
  • We Are Here, Alicia Keys
  • Don’t Stop Believing, Journey
  • Beautiful Things, Gungor
  • Ordinary Miracle, Sarah McLaughlin
  • All of Me, John Legend

With what songs are you praying these days?  Leave them in our comments.


Gentleness and Strength

My ministry brings me into contact with many religious men and women from many different communities. It is a real privilege to get to know so many committed people. They do amazing works. Their hearts are so expansive. They have been ministers of Loving-Kindness for so long that they become echoes of the Heart of God.

Recently, I began working with a community that describes their charism as working in Gentleness and Strength. That is so lovely. I believe that their charism is a message for me at this time in my life. I am dealing with my aging parents. They are lovely people, and at the same time, they are dealing with their own diminishment and one with dementia. This community, with their charism of Gentleness and Strength is for me a reservoir that I can tap into as I help my parents and my family address the challenges of aging.

This is an example of one of the key lessons I have learned: we are evangelized by those we serve. This community has asked for my assistance. At the same time, getting to know them I receive from them the gifts I need in another aspect of my life. And I’m sure that in working with my aging parents, I’m deepening the gentleness and strength that will help me to grow and to serve another in the circle of life, the circle of grace.