Song of the Beloved reflects the love of Christ our Sacred King for His Beloved Bride, the Church and its people. This simple acoustic recording, with readings from scripture and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis, is designed to lead you through a time of confession into quiet meditation and rest in the arms of your Savior.
The idea for a devotional CD was birthed in the early years of motherhood, when there was little time to spend in God’s Word and presence. As I “taxi-cabbed” my children from activity to activity or waited in the school pick-up line, I thought how great it would be to have a CD that had scripture or devotional material with accompanying songs to give me a few moments “alone” with God — something simple that would lead me into quiet rest with my Savior amidst the craziness of life as a busy mom. That is my intent behind this recording.
Six of the eight tracks are original songs and two tracks are original arrangements of traditional hymns. Many of the songs begin with scripture or readings. Tracks include: In the Garden, an arrangement of the 1912 hymn written by D.Austin Miles; Steal Me Away, a prayer of the heart set to song by Nate Bebout; My Adulteress Heart, a song of confession based on the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8; It Is Well, an original arrangement of the 1873 hymn by Horatio Gates Spafford and Philip Paul Bliss; Remedy, a song of healing co-written with Aaron Wardle; Song of the Beloved, a love song based on passages from Song of Songs; Dance Before You, an uplifting song of God’s redeeming power based on Psalm 30; and Kingdom Song, based on Psalm 45, which according to the NKJV is a song of “The Glories of the Messiah and His Bride.” You can give them a listen on YouTube!
Other artists and musicians included on this album include: Nate Bebout (guitar, vocals); Glenn Black (reader); Jeremy Harrison (piano); Paul Stoffer (guitar); and Jillian VanDuyne (keyboard, vocals).
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Marshall Green, Marshman Studios, Ashland, Ohio.
Cover design by Allison Barnhart Design with photo by Carly Eger.
Dedicated to the loving memory of my best friend, Lynn Hill (1968-2013).
*Tracks #3, 6 & 8 on CDBaby are full previews so you can give a listen to the entire song with its accompanying readings.
Jody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians and artists. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, serving as worship arts ministry pastor, worship leader and creative arts director. She performs, teaches, choreographs, preaches, coordinates and leads workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. She also leads worship at local seminars, retreats and women’s events.
Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. She is particularly interested in the way in which God uses the arts to bring formational development and healing to His people.
You can read more about Jody here.