As I was reacquainting myself with some of Dr Paul Ford‘s introduction to By Flowing Waters, I was struck by the end of his introduction. He relates the final days of Maximilian Kolbe in the Nazi hunger bunker at Auschwitz, and how, after urging his companions to sing, their voices were silenced one by one.
Christians sing because they have something to sing about (the goodness of God) and to sing for (the salvation of the world) and someone to sing with (the Son of God). Without an experience of God, without a sense of what God is up to in the universe, without a fellow singer and animator, we are and should be mute. As Thomas Merton reminds us, Christ sings and dances with us even in the fiery furnace (or the hunger bunker).