Singing as a Spiritual Discipline

Where else in American culture do people sing together than in church?  This is a unique aspect of our way of being in the world.  Singing may well have preceded speech in human history by some accounts–singing is almost certainly our first language with God.  It is a fundamental practice of devotion.

Today find a song of worship and sing it.  It could be a hymn, a psalm, or something more contemporary.  If you can, gather others to sing with you.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.


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