For centuries the words and poetry of our hymns have spoken to us of God. Many people, in fact, find that what is heard in poetry and music sinks more deeply into the soul than anything else. And so it is to the beautiful seasonal hymns that Barbara Cawthorne Crafton turns for inspiration for daily meditations during this great devotional season of the church year.
"I hope that you find yourself humming familiar tunes to yourself as you read, and that this condition persists for the rest of the day," writes Crafton. Those who have known the hymns forever as well as those who are new to these verses will find them, and Crafton’s meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, healing and more, an excellent companion for these important seasons of the year.
"For centuries the words and poetry of our hymns have spoken to us of God. Many people find that what is heard in poetry and music sinks more deeply into the soul than anything else....Barbara Crafton's new book of daily meditations on faith, prayer, forgiveness, and healing for Lent and Easter is inspired by the words and poetry of the beautiful seasonal hymns of the 1982 Hymnal."
"The author suggests that you sing the hymns from which she has selected short phrases that spark the meditations, and I think this is a particularly wonderful idea. Seasonal hymns do not become as familiar as general hymns, yet they are some of our most stunning poetry and music and deserve more attention and more spontaneous humming."—Elizabeth M. Ring for The Northeast, Lent 2002