"A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing" - Martin Luther (words and music)
Whenever we sing this hymn in church, I feel the words and music echo through me back to when I was a young boy growing up in the Midwest. As I sing it, I get a deep reminder of piling into the station wagon and attending mass with my parents and siblings.
God gave us five senses and we use all of them as we go to church. Which sensory experience takes you back to your youth: the melody of a hymn, the smell of incense, the squares of colored light on the back of the pews as sunlight shines through stained glass?
I wonder what aspects of our little church will resonate with my children when they are older.
(reprinted from May 2014)