As my husband slept in this morning, I was able to give my full attention to this wonderful repeat program.
As a hospice chaplain, I bring music to my patients through my MP3 player and try to offer a variety of muscial genres. I am Jewish and I love what the spirituals express and often play them for my patients. However, I learned so much about their history and their place in our culture: the importance of nourishing the soul, even if the body is hurting.
What strength and courage slaves had to keep their spirits alive and what a true blessing to have these songs to draw upon today!
I plan on using them in our team meetings (where we discuss all our patients)and hopefully to more fully engage our African-American aides who do such important work every day bathing and caring for people who are dying.
Music moves us in ways we understand and in some we don't fully know.I think this program will continue to resonate in my soul and help me grow spiritually in the months to come.
As always, I am in awe of Kristen's interviewing skills and I am deeply appreciative of Speaking of Faith every week.
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