I lift my voice to praise you

David Candlin reflects on the joy of music-making and the gift of praising God with this talent. 

 

At Morning Prayer in the Edmund King Chapel on Thursday I’ll jump up at the blessing, put on my guitar and strum the opening chords of a contemporary worship song.

 

Then we’ll start singing and, in the next two or three minutes, we’ll express our thanks and praise to almighty God for the innumerable gifts he bestows on us. It’s something we’ve done many times this past two years.

 

It’s thanks to the warmth and generosity of this community that I have rediscovered the gift of music-making. I learned guitar at primary school and played in bands as a teenager at school and university. But then I got a job and life got serious.

I stopped making music.

 

Looking back I can see that – without realising it – I thought you had to be really good at something to do it. My role models were driven people who focused on what they were good at.

 

There was simply not time to do everything and it seemed you needed to drop peripheral things to succeed in your chosen field. Or maybe I just wasn’t good at finding balance in my life.

 

God rejoices when we offer up our gifts in worship and praise. Thank you to all at Cuddesdon who have so warmly embraced and encouraged me as I rediscover the gift of music-making and the joy it brings to us and to God.

 

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