can anyone tell me what the ‘holy roar’ is? or maybe it’s not something easily defined, but i’d like to hear any thoughts and comments. is it something watermark made up in a song? is it a real thing? i can’t find it in the Bible, and it renders nothing in a google search.
i don’t know why i was inspired to jot some of these thoughts, tonight but here are a couple of times i feel are ‘holy roar’ label-worthy.
one time, back in the texas tech days, a group of about fifty of us were at a leadership seminar when we got word that there was a situation we needed to pray for regarding our pastor and his wife. i remember being silent for just a moment, and listening to the 25-some odd voices around me talking to God. it was surreal.
silence, i feel, is another way to hear the holy roar. i can think of a couple of personal moments, being silent and alone, and hearing it. i can’t explain it so many words, but it is a deep and intimate communion.
perhaps another time i have heard the roar are times when people are singing in church. tonight, we sang ‘it is well’ and i feel like when old hymns like this are sung (while it might be a cool, trendy thing to do, bringing back the old skool), the band plays a little lounder and the people sing a little more…urgently.
i’m taking a liturgy class at st. david’s episocopal church right now, and today we were discussing the common book of prayer. what i find so interesting and fascintating, is the unity created by the liturgy in the episcopal church. what i mean, is that anywhere you go in the world, they worship services are the same. same readings, same scripture study, same everything. how incredibly unifying! so during a service, reading the liturgy, and prayers and scriptures, while they can become just words you say, have so much meaning. it’s incomprehensiable to think of the millions of times those words have been uttered. the spiritual footprint of those before and after us will continue to pray these ancient, old, inspired-from-scripture prayers.
so just like this episcopal goodness, i thinks singing old hymns draws something out within us. or maybe it’s just me. but i believe this is an experience i have had with the ‘holy roar.’
anyway, these are my thoughts. thanks for reading, kids. next week i’ll talk about the rosary.