Another way to encourage your soul this summer might be to reflect on the words (or listen to) various hymns, both classic and contemporary. Here are a few web sites that provide lyrics (and in some cases the ability to hear) hymns from various ages. Enjoy!
(When found in quotations, the descriptions of these sites are taken right from their websites. Otherwise the descriptions are my summaries.):
The Cyber Hymnal:. "Thousands of Christian hymns & Gospel songs from many denominations—lyrics, MIDI files, scores, pictures, history & more. Searchable, advanced Autoplay feature, free downloads. New entries every week. User friendly. Biggest site of its kind on the Internet."
HymnSite.com: "The hymns and psalm tunes posted at this site are in the public domain. You are encouraged to download, use, and enjoy any of the music that you find. Other than what you see in The United Methodist Hymnal or in The Standard Psalm Tune Book, none of it is arranged or voiced."
The Lutheran Hymnal: "These are the traditional songs of worship and praise from Lutheran Hymnals presented in midi, in mp3, in lyrics and in sheet music."
New Song On-Line: "The mission of NewSong OnLine.org is to make people aware that there is Christian music with a good beat. MIDI, MP3, Video, Music Comparisons, Articles, Awards, and Family Safe stuff."
John Wesley's Methodist Hymnal: Found at Christian Classics Ethereal Library entitled A Collection of Hymns, for Use of the People called Methodists.
A private list of hymns to enjoy provided by Lassen Technologies
Name That Hymn: A great place to search out hymn lyrics.
HymnLyrics.Org: a completely searchable data base of over 11,000 hymns (printed lyrics and audio provided)
That's enough to get you started.
Happy hymn hunting!
'Til next time,