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Losing a Little One

Here are two different philosophies of using music to be a ministry to those who have lost children:

Dan Forrest labors late at night to write a song in memorial of the death of his brother’s soon-to-be-adopted daughter.

Jon Payne sings a “prophetic song” at WorshipGod08 to those who have lost a child.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

One Response to Losing a Little One

  1. Scott,

    "Here are two different philosophies of using music to be a ministry to those who have lost children:" I'm not quite sure what to make of your suggested contrast of these two events. On one, Dan is offering a memorial to the memory of the little girl. It is a simple poem, devoid of any reference to God at all, and just expresses grief and sorrow in an artful way. Jon's song, by contrast, is intended to be ministry to those who have lost children, calling the listener to think of God's continual presence. If this is a philosophy statement contest, then Jon wins hands down with a God-centric view of life's sorrows. I'm not considering the music or the "prophecy," but the text only. It seems to me that these are completely different things, and to compare or contrast would be impossible. Each stands on its own as appropriate in the setting for which it was intended, and they are not interchangeable.

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