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Erin Mount lives in Jackson, TN with her long-suffering husband and two daughters. She loves getting lost in a good novel and a bottomless cup of coffee, writing about her faith, and giggling with her friends.

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  1. Erin, this is such solid truth, and I love the way you’ve expressed our need to sometimes “let the church sing for you.” We all have seasons when the lump in our throat stops the music.
    I live in midcoast Maine (the land of the cool Maine accent) and sometimes I stop singing just so I can listen to the voices of my church family singing praises to our “Lawd.”

  2. Our hearts express in songs words we might never say but so desperately need to let out. I have always carried a song in my heart (good thing since my name is Melody) as the truest expression of my feelings. There have been challenging times when I have been unable to sing that song but still it plays on. I feel like God has heard every sung and unsung word, such a blessing and comfort. And in the hardest of times, the music of my brothers and sisters in Christ have helped to carry me through. Thank you for speaking to this so beautifully.

  3. This is beautiful! I’ve been to the place where I have unable to sing beyond the catch in my throat and the tears in my eyes. I never thought of the times that I sing with gusto as being a ministry to others though. It usually means I am on top of my game and doing well and just worshiping our awesome God. Sometimes I think that people wish I would not sing as I am loud and boisterous and really can’t carry a tune in a bucket. God knows I needed to hear this today.

  4. Erin,

    Thank you for this reminder. I, too, have choked up many times when singing because I wanted so much for those words to ring true for me but they just didn’t in that moment. But, I will also usually sit down and try and hide my quiet sobs or just let the tears run while I “try” to continue to sing but trying to hide my tears more. Thank you for this beautiful reminder that God sees my tears and I’m free to show them that I do not need to hide my emotions from him or others….

    “We do not need to be afraid to bring our emotions with us to church, for God can hold them all.”

    Oftentimes I feel like I need to pull myself together for the benefit of others not necessarily God.

    • There have definitely been times when I have tried to hide my tears as well, but like you said, I have realized that I don’t have to feel the need to hide who I am from others or from God. He sees and loves you, sister!

  5. So very true!! There are songs that get me emotional, sometimes it depends on the time of year it is. Sometimes, it’s just the song itself, and the way it hits me. I don’t even have to be at church for songs to hit me, though, it can be when I’m listening to them at home. God can definitely hold all of our emotions, no matter where we are!!

  6. Erin,

    Such profound truths here. Some songs just choke you up. If we take the time to “read & comprehend ” the words of songs they can get to you. You feel the emotions of the person who wrote the songs. There have been several times I let the church sing for me. Times when I was going through trials with my aging parents dementia/psych. Some in the church knew about it & were praying for us. Trying to sing certain songs was just hard. I often think about singing as a prayer to God. Yes, I’m praising Him for what He has done for me, but also a simple prayer that I can cling harder to Him. I love hearing others sing-it can comfort me in tumultuous times. Then there are days when life is good & I sing with gusto. Wanting others to know of my love for Jesus. I pray that helps others going through a trial to know I’m carrying them & their problems to God. We are told to bear one another’s burdens & rejoice with those who rejoice. I pray that is what others feel.

    Blessings 🙂

  7. Erin, I have been right where you are. I have been in church when I opened my mouth to sing and, instey, my voice was silent and tears poured down my cheeks like a river pouring over a dam that burst, my heart so full of emotion. Depression so deep that tears had been blocked. This is one of the songs it happened with. Amazing Grace still unfailingly does the same even though I’m now beyond that dark place of depression and once again can experience joy and hope. I yearn to get back into a church congregation, I’ve been away too long. I think from reading this I realize part of my staying away so long is the fear of being this choked up and thinking no one would really understand. Thank u for sharing this.. I know I’m not alone now.

    • Thank you for sharing, Debbie. I’m so glad to know you are out of the darkness of depression and have found joy! You are absolutely not alone in what you have experienced. If there’s anything I’ve learned from writing about my depression, it’s that I’m not alone and many others have walked the same road. I pray that you will find a church who loves and accepts you and challenges you to grow in Christ.

  8. Thank you for sharing your heart and your thoughts so beautifully, Erin. I have never considered that corporate singing would actually minister in this way to someone, so thank you for the encouragement to sing along.