Music In My Soul

January 20, 2015

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There is music in my soul
I’ve trained to practice basics
My body is the instrument
My soul holds the strings

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When the strings get tight
And stress gets unbearable
A surprising sound
When I surrender my soul
Music flows that brings comfort

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I draw near to God
A daily practice I’ve found
When I feel good or feel bad
He always comes near
That is the promise he made
One I choose to trust today

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The winds on the sea
Can toss the soul all about
The storm and the rain bring grief
I learned this one thing
When I’ve set my sail to seek
The storms have become a gift

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This mystery comes
To all and not just a few
Who choose to seek love
To be defined by what’s true
To align the soul with joy

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Freedom is the fruit
Peace passes understanding
My mind and heart are captured
Knowledge will illuminate
Hope is born in the darkness

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I interviewed a young musician years ago and asked him how he played the instrument so well. He said, “My coach is a concert violinist. Every day she pulls out her instrument and practices the basics until she gets the sound out of the instrument she wants. I do the same.” My instrument is my body. My soul holds the strings. I found the coach of life eager to train me to be loved and love. Psalm 20 holds promises I have found to be true. The music in the Psalms is what I train to practice. All the best!

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train for life

August 25, 2009

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I can be bitter or bold
Bold to find another way
Or bitter looking at you
I will make the choice
I can blame others
It will take my energy
I can choose love
It will open up a wellspring
A surprising love shows up
You say “I tried that”
I learned that trying doesn’t work
I train to focus
On loving the other ones
Who are closest to me
When I choose to train for life
There is a strange mystery
In choosing to love others
I see I am loved
Look around and see
In the world all around you
In quiet, love speaks
© Terry S. Smith
written September 29, 2008
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