For our opening hymn on Sunday, we sang â€œPrayer is the Soulâ€™s Sincere Desireâ€. This is one of my favourite hymns. I find it so poetic, and parts of it really resonate with me.
The phrase â€œprayer is the burden of a sighâ€ brings to mind all those times when praying where I felt stress and burdens melt away.
â€œThe upward glancing of an eyeâ€ reminds me of all those times I looked to heaven and said a quick, silent prayer before a talk, or presentation, or entering a home to counsel someone.
I think my favourite verse, however, is the fourth:
Prayer is the contrite sinnerâ€™s voice,
Returning from their way,
While angels in their songs rejoice
And cry, â€œBehold, he prays!â€
Oh, to imagine the angels rejoicing when myÂ familyÂ members and close friends decided to turn back to God!
It is no wonder theÂ suggestionÂ in the hymnal is to sing this songÂ peacefully.