What’s your Faith Playlist?

Favourite hits? Easy! But suppose you were asked to list the music that speaks of the ups and downs, the ‘mountain-top’ moments, the doldrums, the Emmaus Road slogging, lightning bolts, the wee small hours angst, the joys and sorrows and downright darned frustration of your spiritual journey, what would you include?

I first thought about this during a discussion where a participant reflected on the myriad different histories and frames of reference that we bring to our faith and how it’s easy to assume that those we encounter see and experience the Divine through the same filter. Not so! We all have a different ‘God Playlist.’ What’s yours ?

Here’s mine – dashed off in a moment of enthusiasm before spending the next couple of years folded up in my diary getting ever more torn and grubby at the edges. Whether that’s an analogy of the state of my spiritual life remains to be seen. I must admit – I’ve not yet summoned up the nerve to suggest it as an exercise with any of my directees. I have mentioned it to my own director, even if events have so far prevented any further reflection on the topic. Now that is worth pondering; Procrastination being my middle name.

  • I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
  • Non, je ne regrette rien – Edith Piaf
  • I’m going slightly mad – Queen
  • School’s Out – Alice Cooper
  • Always Look on The Bright Side of Life – Monty Python
  • Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
  • Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
  • Hello – Lionel Richie
  • What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  • Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
  • Little Lies – Fleetwood Mac
  • Ain’t No Pleasing You – Chas & Dave
  • The Dream of Gerontius: Profisciscere, anima Christiana – Edward Elgar
  • Dream of Gerontius: Go, in the name of Angels and Archangels
  • Libera Me, Domine – Faure
  • It’s Raining Again – Supertramp
  • What a Fool Believes – Doobie Brothers
  • Let’s Go Round Again – Average White Band
  • Can’t Get By Without You – The Real Thing
  • Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman
  • Don’t Take Away The Music – Tavares
  • Don’t Leave Me This Way – Communards et al
  • Close Every Door to Me – Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • Bring ‘Em All In – Mike Scott

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