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TODAY news for Thursday, December 15, 2005

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Innerweave: The Wholeness Story
By Wil Alexander, PhD, Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine

Wil Alexander, PhD
Wil Alexander, PhD
Except for those who are looking forward only to a “holiday” or whatever, there are those who from their youth up are celebrating “Christmas.” And so it is time to again sing the growing-older Christmas songs and again bring joy to the world. Singing is a curious thing we humans do as we worship.

In a fairly new book, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eugene Peterson speaks of songs and worship:

“Because God, and therefore the worship of God, cannot be reduced to the rational, song has always been basic to the act of worship. Music is not added to the words to make them more pleasing; it is integral to the way words are being used as openings to the transcendent, as windows to the Mystery. Song is heightened speech. The heightening does not come through the addition of more words but by singing the words. So what does the singing do? It obviously does not add to the meaning, at least the objective dictionary meaning. Something else is going on and that something eludes precise accounting. Song does not explain, it expresses; it gives witness to that which is more than literal. Song is more than words and there are no words to convey what that “more” is precisely. Song is one of the two ways (silence is the other) of giving witness to the Mystery.”

So at this special season sing as often as you can and wherever you can in worshipping Emmanuel, “God with us.”

TODAY news for Thursday, December 15, 2005