Part Two of The Habit of Hymns

We all have those moments. The overwhelming, frustrating time of wanting to yell or scream at the top of our lungs. Well, I’ve found one way of diverting the irritating. When you want to scream, just sing. Turn it to praise!

A recent example? You know those packing peanuts – the ones that cushion important mail deliveries? Well, one creative child spread them far and wide in the most quiet way ever. When I happened upon the pink packing peanut perfection I truly wanted to scream. But, suddenly, this hymn popped in my head:

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow! Praise Him All Creatures Here Below…Praise Him Above Ye Heavenly Host. Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen!!

Here are a few more to sing out:

  • “God bless America! Land that I love!”
  • “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus; There’s just something about that name! Master, Savior, Jesus, Like the fragrance after the rain…”
  • “O the King is coming, the King is coming! I just heard the trumpets sounding, And now His face I see…”

And do you know what happened? The frustration turned to LAUGHTER! We all dissolved into silly laughter. And it was so good.

…in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Come on, let’s clean this up,” I was able to say in a calm voice. And it truly didn’t take long to get all those peanuts rounded up in the trash.

The time it took to turn that frustration into song? Less time than the clean up.

How about you? Do you burst into song over pink peanut perfection?