Growing up, I was surrounded by church and religious talk, it was an element of most daily conversations. While I no longer attend church on anything like a regular basis, that upbringing stays with me. After all, you can’t just turn off the past, and still be the same person. I still often find myself thinking about social issues in those religious terms that I learned back then. One of the issues that I remember, growing up in my very conservative religious family, strangely enough was listening to a radio show called ” The Lutheran Hour”. As I recall, it was about 30 minutes long, making the hour part of that title incorrect, but the point was I liked this song as the theme.
When I later rebelled and over time won the right to attend the church that I went to after “getting my freedom”, a Presbyterian Church, I retained that love of the “old music of the church” that I heard so often on that childhood favorite radio show. The funny thing about it was that my father and I used to talk about liking “old time music” by which he meant songs like Amazing Grace, a song written in the 1800s. I liked this one that was from the 1600s.