My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. – Psalm 45:1 (NRSV)
One of the reasons I’m committed to bringing my kids to church is The Land of the Lost. Originally broadcast years before I was born, for reasons that are unclear to me every word of the theme song is written on my heart. How did it get in there? Why is it still there? Why is it taking up so much space in my head, along with jingles for Fruit Stripe Gum and Pogo Balls? Why do I have to work so hard to remember the second verse to Amazing Grace, but can reel off The Facts of Life and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air without even thinking about it? Why are these the themes with which my heart overflows?
Anyway, I’m worried about this, so I’m going to fix the problem through my children, which always works. So I bring them (and myself) to church. Maybe it’s a losing battle, but I’m trying to get some songs into their hearts to, if not compete with, at least complement, the Rescue Bots and the newest Carmen Sandiego reboot theme songs. When circumstances call for a goodly theme to rise to their lips, when someone asks them their favorite song, when an exigency comes upon them, when they’re in extremis, I want there to be something overflowing from their hearts that wasn’t written in a boardroom.
I know you can work with any prayer we offer, but could you maybe bring the Lord’s Prayer up a couple notches in my brain, and knock the Knight Rider opening down a level or two? Thank you for being a friend. Amen.
Quinn G. Caldwell is a father, husband, homesteader and preacher living in rural upstate New York. His most recent book is a series of daily reflections for Advent and Christmas called All I Really Want: Readings for a Modern Christmas. Learn more about it and find him on Facebook at Quinn G. Caldwell.