Walking By Faith: 5 Songs for a Lenten Season

Not an actual picture of me. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Not an actual picture of me. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

While I love Audrey Assad’s latest album, Inheritance, there are a lot of other songs on my playlist that I’m listening to this Lent. Today, I want to share you ten songs from my Lenten Playlist “Walking By Faith.” If you want to see the whole playlist, check it out here.

The first song I want to share with you is Matt Maher’s “Everything is Grace.” I already loved this song because of its association with St. Therese of Lisieux, but when I read this particular meditation about Simon of Cyrene from the Heart of Mary Women’s Fellowship’s Lent Bible study, the song took on a whole new meaning.

Danielle Rose’s “Holiness is Faithfulness” is another song that is also associated with the Lent Bible study from Heart of Mary. It’s a song that meditates on the 4th Sorrowful Mystery of Jesus carrying his cross, incorporating the Stations of the Cross that lead up Jesus being nailed to the cross.

This next song is a bit of an unusual choice. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created by an atheist and Season 6 was a heart-wrecker in the best way possible. But one major theme about Season 6 is that it empahsizes the nature of suffering a lot more. “Once More With Feeling” is an episode that conveys apathy, uncertainty, and a longing for purpose that sadly isn’t found until the very end of the season. The reason why I chose this particular song is that it conveys that resolve to keep moving on in spite of the trials that we all face. I hope you like the song without the context of the episode.

And since I started this post with Audrey Assad, it’s only fair that I end it with a song of hers from another album. “Lament” is a bit of a downer song to end on, but it’s a song I often relate to because it represents a longing for home, a longing for rest.

 

I hope you enjoy my song choices.

 

 

Retreat Weekend: A Playlist of Feels

I’ve been going to retreats since my college days. I’m currently on staff for a young adult retreat that starts tomorrow. So, in honor of Bayou Awakening 24, I present to you a playlist of songs that basically describe what a retreat attendant basically goes through, or at least how I feel before, during, and after.

There are two kinds of retreaters, I think. The ones who can’t wait to go and the ones who are reluctant to go, but feel like they have to.

 

This is the song for those who can’t wait:

 

This is the song for those who are reluctant to go:

 

The morning of the retreat

 

The first day:

 

The various retreat activities:

 

Spending time in prayer:

 

Free time spent playing games or dancing:

 

Getting a retreat crush (you know it happens):

 

The testimonies:

 

Opening yourself up to everyone:

 

That feeling you get after finding acceptance and forgiveness:

 

The last day of the retreat is both the best and the worst. It’s the best because they always save the best stuff for last. It’s the worst because you kind of feel like Peter during the Transfiguration, wanting to stay in that moment forever.

 

The moment you get that retreat high:

 

Wanting to volunteer for retreat staff:

 

Saying goodbye to your new friends:

 

After the retreat is over: