Let Us Sing Together
I recently read an article in the Washington Post entitled, “Singing is good for you. Singing with others may be even better.” The article cites studies that linked singing in choirs to reduced stress hormones and increased cytokines, proteins that can boost the body’s ability to fight serious illness. Studies have also found a connection between generally singing with lessened anxiety, stimulated memory, increased lung capacity, and an easing of postpartum depression.
It is not a surprise that singing is good for one since we believe we are made by God to sing. In their document on music in divine worship, the U.S. Bishops wrote, “God has bestowed upon his people the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes is source. Indeed, God the giver of song is present whenever his people sing his praise.” (#1). Every Sunday we have the opportunity to sing together. It is good, both for our physical health and spiritual well-being. It also strengthens us as a community of faith, as we gather to worship our loving God.