“When In Our Music God is Glorified” 

Spirituals always give me a sense of comfort. And aren’t they meant to do just that? The always- poignant texts of spirituals have multiple meanings. There is always the biblical/scriptural
aspect of the text, but often there is a secret message. During the time of slavery, often, slaves would use spirituals as a means of communicating safely with each other without being caught. Some spirituals speak of the Promised Land (and of going there). There is an obvious reference to Heaven, but also ideas of escaping persecution and slavery. 

There are many spirituals that have subjects of Light. We are currently in a season of “Light,” the season of Christmas. Our Light has come through a little child in Bethlehem, and we rejoice in this Light! There is a popular children’s song we sometimes sing that is a spiritual. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine; this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine; this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. May you let your light shine in the darkness, knowing that your light is the Light of Christ, that Holy Child of Bethlehem. 

Grace and Peace, Dakota