Monday, January 4, 2010
We Sing! (100th post)
This is my 100th blog post! Wow, I must have too much to say! :-)
My dad's side of the family has a great, and I think rare, tradition. We sing together! Pretty much any time we gather at Aunt Pat's house (used to be Grandma & Grandpa's house), we break out the songbooks and have a little worship service. This tradition goes back as far as I can remember. Each family member has "their song". Cousin Jim's is "I'll Fly Away", mine is "Living by Faith". Other favorites include "Kneel at the Cross", "I Walk With the King", "The Gospel is for All (Lauri)", and "Victory in Jesus" among many others.
The stack of songbooks are of varying years and publishers, so as we flip through them and find a song that we want to sing, you'll hear, "In the green book, it's number 311", then another will call out the song's number in the maroon book, etc.
I might be old-fashioned, but I wish there were a recording of old church songs from the songbook that I could buy and sing along with. I really like the new songs, but I miss the old songs, too.
It's special to me that I have a family that worships God together in this way. I loved seeing Todd hold Logan and Annie holding Nathan as my babies experienced this for the first time. Does anyone else have a family that does this or something like it? What are your family traditions? Do you have any traditions that bring your family together to be with God?