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During the last half century there has been a great shift in and addition to religious music, especially (I think) in Christianity. We have many fine musicians who have based much of their music on Scripture. Because of the work of David Haas, Marty Haugen, Michael Joncas and the St. Louis Jesuits among others, our familiarity with many scriptural texts has deepened and given us hope in difficult moments in life. Whether from the prophet Isaiah or the mouth of Jesus himself, we remember the message because of the melody that accompanies the words.

Today is such an example for me. The first lectionary reading from Isaiah 40: 25-31 assured me that God will renew the strength of the young (and their elders, I believe!) with these words: “They will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint…” David Haas wrote a stirring song based on that reading where God promises total care for us in every verse and we, in hearing of such care, respond with an equally stirring chorus, singing: We will run and not grow weary for our God will be our strength! And we will fly like the eagle; we will rise again!

I recommend a trip to YouTube for a listen to WE WILL RISE AGAIN!