Music and ministry open the door to relationship. Together they provide equal opportunity for front row views into times of joy and celebration as well as deep valleys of brokenness. In relationship we bear one another's burdens - co-suffer. In song we set the table for people to feel, pray, and respond. Both an overwhelming privilege.
And this week music and ministry were married as I sang at the funeral of eight-month old Sophie Grace - the daughter of some of our closests friends in Liverpool.
When I'm tempted to run from the pain that I desperately don't want to feel, I am so grateful for ministry and music that welcome me into relationship and co-suffering.
'I'll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death / and praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath / and say when the death dew lies cold on my brow / if ever I love Thee my Jesus 'tis now.'