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Songs for prayer

Claudia Appaduray and Dana Sutherland  |  10 November 2018

Josh GrobanTwo of our young writers share some songs that have helped them connect with God.


As someone who has been part of the music industry – both in performing and behind soundboards – I am aware that music makes the world go around. It can unite people, heal, and convey emotions in ways that words cannot. It’s also a perfect gateway into reflection and prayer.

The first time I heard ‘When You Say You Love Me’ – originally sung by vocalist Josh Groban, famous for, ‘You Raise Me Up’ – I still vividly remember the impact it had over me.

From the very first moment I heard this heavenly rendition, I was instantly reaffirmed why music is so important, and how it helps to connect us with God.

This song came to me at a time when my spirit and faith was low, and all I could think about was being hard on myself and how I felt alone in my struggles. I needed to know that I would be okay, and that I was loved.

This song encapsulates the love of God, and the unconditional love that keeps me going, and fighting, and believing.

The ending of this melodious blessing unfailingly hits home every single time, and as I sit and write this with this song replaying at the back of my mind,

I hope I never forget that feeling the song gave me.

‘When you say you love me…
Do you know how I love you…’

By Claudia Appaduray


‘SUPER HEROES – The Script

Growing up in the Catholic school system, music has been an integral part of faith.

I vividly remember one school assembly where a group of senior students presented a video of a youth ministry experience. I remember it so clearly because of the song that played in the background of that video clip.

The Script’s ‘Superheroes’ had a tempo and a set of lyrics that perfectly matched the occasion.

It not only allowed me to understand the spiritual experience of these students, but shaped my perception of how to live out my faith through charitable works.

They had chosen a song that I had heard dozens of times, but I only truly ‘heard’ it during that three-minute, student-made video. The lyrics truly resonated with me:

‘A heart of steel starts to grow
When you’ve been fighting for it all your life
You’ve been struggling to make things right
That’s how a superhero learns to fly.’

We hear this pop genre of music every day, and I don’t think that every song can give us this sense of spiritual fulfillment, but, every once in a while, I think we hear a song that really drives our desire to do something for someone else.

By Dana Sutherland

Claudia and Dana are members of our young writers community.


Topic tags: heroesandrolemodels, healthycommunitylife

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