Earlier today on Bellshill Salvation Army Band’s Facebook page I shared some devotions. I’d like to share those devotions with you tonight.

An earworm, sometimes referred to as a brainworm, sticky music, or stuck song syndrome, is a catchy and/or memorable piece of music or saying that continuously occupies a person’s mind even after it is no longer being played or spoken about.


Ever since the band played ‘And Can It Can’ a couple of weeks ago during Sunday worship I have found the music has become an earworm for me.

I first came across ‘And Can It Be’ by Dan Forrest arr. Andrew Wainwright in 2021, when I was looking for music to share in the band’s online devotions at Easter time last year. I really loved the music as soon as I heard it, and listened to it a number of times over several days. I happened to mention to our bandmaster that I’d found a great piece of music I planned to use as part of our Easter devotions, and was delighted to hear she already had the music, and was intending adding it to our repertoire.

In the last couple of week’s it’s not just been the music of ‘And Can It Be’ that’s been stuck in my head, but also the words associated with the music.

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain,
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace,
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me.
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke; the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine.
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

I’m sure we’ve all sung these well known words by Charles Wesley many times to the uplifting tune of Sagina. However I have found this more reflective arrangement, ‘And Can It Be’, has made me focus more on the words of this song. It has reminded me just how amazing God’s love for each one of us is, and if we accept that amazing love as our own, we will ultimately be rewarded when we “approach the eternal throne”.

God’s love for us is amazing, and so I give thanks each day for the reminders of just how much He loves us. God’s love is amazing!

Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!

Ephesians 3:18-19 (The Passion Translation)

Tonight is our final band practice before our summer break, and as usual it is an open practice where we have extended an open invite for any to ‘come and play’ or just come along and listen. Today will also be the last of our Wednesday devotions for a few weeks, as we take a break for the summer. We will restart our Wednesday devotions in August when our band practices restart.

We thank you for your continued support of the band, hope you all have a safe and blessed summer break. We look forward to sharing more devotions with you after the summer break.

I leave you today with the video of ‘And Can It Be’ by the New York Staff Band, which first got this music stuck in my heard.

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