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This week’s FMF writing prompt is: REFRAIN




A week or two into the stay-at-home order, I pulled out a copy of the Trinity Hymnal that I bought years ago at a garage sale or secondhand store.

I sat down at the out-of-tune, upright piano we got for free and began turning the pages, waiting to land on a familiar verse.

With each song that jogged my memory, I read the lyrics and slowly plonked out the notes with my right hand, careful to observe all the sharps and flats.

Page after page, song after song, truth after truth.

The lyrics both anchored me and lifted my eyes and heart at the same time. Each song, each refrain was filled with remarkable praise and worship, even in the midst of the great hardships and difficulties described by the writers.

I couldn’t help but think about how the majority of the hymn writers had faced much greater trials than a few weeks or months “stuck” at home.

Before I sat down, I had no idea how refreshing and grounding the hour on that bench would be for my soul.

I stopped up only when I thought my family had had enough, though nobody verbally complained. As I stood up and closed the book, I felt lighter.

Though we may have to refrain from certain liberties and activities temporarily, may we keep a constant refrain of praise in our souls.




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