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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:00 pm

Back in my teen days we sang what are now classics: “Lean On Me,” “Reelin’ In The Years,” “ABC,” ”O-o-h Child,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Mercy Me,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Make Me Smile,” or “Blowin’ In The Wind.” Songs in my journey with Jesus Christ formed musical gems: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” “Amazing Grace,” “Lily of the Valley,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Seek Ye First,” “Because He Lives,” “Easter Song,” “Give Thanks,” or “Jesus, Name Above All Names.”

Barely scratching the surface, good times and otherwise, these are the days of my life.” Whew!

The classics ebb and flow in and out of my musical library just as songs of the Christian faith move in and out of service for the Church.

Some of my faves have been on the shelf or sanctuary chairs for years. Someday they will come again and draw a tear or a smile from my heart in a fresh way.

Lately, I am also lovin’ me some new music downloads too numerous to sort.

New songs open my ears to hearing fresh ways of expressing timeless values and remind me of what it is like to receive the gift of faith in Jesus Christ for the first time.

“Sing to the Lord a new song . . . all the earth” (Psalm 96:1). Making new songs part of my life can also stress me out! New sounds come at times when I am not ready to listen.

Ready or not new songs continue to be sung and, once in awhile, a classic in the making comes along. God loves giving a fresh start in our lives with songs we sing - Cheers!

Brad Bennett is pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Odessa.

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