(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 is a country girl, author, homesteader and everything simple living. She has a passion for writing about the simpler side of life, much like the life she lived growing up in rural Pennsylvania.
Her life has always been intertwined with the Amish, and it’s only fitting that she has a genuine passion for their simplicity, sense of community and God-centered lives.
Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania she spent her childhood immersed deep in Amish Country. The clip-clop of horse and buggy woke her each morning as Amish men drove past her childhood home on their way to work. As a young woman, she was traumatized by an Amish murder that involved a family member and changed her life forever.
Even though she currently lives in South Carolina her travels take her through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin’s Amish Country every year. During those stops, she researches the communities she visits and prides herself on writing Amish fiction that truly represents the Amish culture. She considers herself very fortunate to have made friends in those communities and values the information they share and wants nothing more than to represent their lifestyle as accurately as possible.