(Photo by: Jim Fisher)
Let the words of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. – Colossians 3:16
The sweet sound of people gathered together with voices raised high in song makes my heart sing. Some of my most treasured memories are of attending a Mennonite Church were no instruments were needed to echo the beautiful sound of acapella throughout the church. Songbooks were rarely used and the older members of the congregation new every word by heart. Most times you could see the older women close their eyes as they let the words of the song penetrate their soul. I loved my time in that church and go back and visit my friends there whenever our travels take us back to the area.
In Amish communities across the country, a vorsinger leads the congregation in its second song – the Lob Lied. The slow twenty-minute song of love and praise is sung at every Amish service throughout America and Canada. Can you imagine what a beautiful sound that song makes in heaven?
Without the use of television or radio, Amish children spend a good bit of time learning the words to some of their parent’s favorite hymns. Every singeon (youth gathering) starts with a time of song and praise.
God gave us voices so we could praise Him. I know in my own life songs can lift my spirits, and I can find a song that speaks to any struggles I may be going through. I think God knew what he was doing when He gave songs and encouraged us to sing His praises.
The next time you go for a ride in Amish country on Sunday morning roll down your windows and listen for the beautiful sound of acapella to fill the silence. It’s a beautiful sound!
Tracy Fredrychowski, country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living shares her love for the written word on The Amish Lifestyle.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania I spent my childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggies woke me each morning as Amish men drove past my parent’s home on their way to the lumber mill to work. As a young teenager, I was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved my family and changed my life forever. (If you want to read about it, please read Crimson Stain by Jim Fisher and take note that Jake, who was an essential part of that true story was my uncle.)
My life has always been intertwined with the Amish culture, and its only fitting I have a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered life.
Be sure to read my collection of Amish Short Stories and watch for “Secrets of Willow Spring” coming to a bookstore near you Fall of 2018. If you are intrigued by the Amish lifestyle, then I invite you to follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, and atTheAmishLifestyle.com.