Music has always had a powerful influence on me. I can still remember songs that I learned at camp when I was eight – the guys that led the music would create songs to help us learn the memory verses and it worked! I can still remember songs that I learned in Sunday School – the B-I-B-L-E now that’s the book for me! I can remember songs from musicians that I listened to 20 years ago – I won’t admit which songs though! Music definitely has the potential to influence people.
I was reminded of this truth yesterday as I led a church service at our local extended care facility. The residents that live there are in all different stages of life ranging from fairly cognizant to not cognizant at all and most of the residents can not see anymore or can see very little. All I do for the services is read a few passages of scripture and then we sing. I was amazed yesterday as I watched a “transformation” take place in the residents when we started to sing. Even though most of the residents couldn’t see the words on the song sheets they sang by memory. Even though some of the residents could not communicate verbally they attempted to sing. As we sang, I could even see a glimmer of joy in some of the residents who were not even cognizant. We even had a gentlemen join us half through the service because of the music. The staff had tried to bring him earlier but he didn’t want to come. When he heard the music he came out of his room and he joined us in singing. It was truly a wonderful time and it was a great testimony to the influence that music can have on our lives!
How have you seen music influence people? How has music influenced you?