Published on September 4th, 2020 | by Nina Pulley
Get Ready: A Playlist
Oftentimes, we don’t understand what’s ahead of us for the hustle and bustle of matters that face us in the moment. Our jobs, families, and friends are texting us, asking for things, checking on how we’re doing right now, and our wants and needs are immediate, and many take little time to think about what our lives will be like in the long term. But if we know anything about what God promises and what He wants us to remember, is that this life is temporary, and that what lies ahead of us is much greater than what lies behind, or in our busy lives.
“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.” – Hosea 10:12
The danger in forgetting to look forward is to be caught in the immediacy of the wants and traps of the present, forgetting that life develops on the present moment. We’ve all heard that what we do now will be the foundation of our futures, and not just ours, but all those who follow. It matters what we do now, and in this time of social distancing, change, and upheaval, it is surely a time to be prepared for the inevitable and the unexpected — but also the blessings that follow.
Our life is a season of preparation. Everything we do is for a purpose, whether we realize it or not. And while that comes with great trepidation and responsibility for many, there is the potential for great hope and celebration as well. This playlist celebrates the process and practice of looking forward when everything seems to be pulling you back, the true joy in getting ready.
Listen to gospel favorites Forever Jones with their eponymous opening tune, and a slew of songs that echo the indescribable ebullience of preparing for a season of harvest and joy. Strumming, drums, rich and robust instrumentation and a spirit of joy flow through the sound as Jason Nelson leads his choir in exhorting the audience to “expect the great,” followed by another single from the family band’s album, “Time to Believe,” then afterwards, the age-old classic of “People Get Ready,” and of course, “A Change is Gonna Come.” A mix of gospel joints and old hits make for a truly well-rounded listening experience in this playlist for young and old. Pause your quarantine routine to jump out of the norm and embrace the light of positive expectation and renew your spirit this summer, best for listening in the morning, or tucking away in your saved playlists for continued play. We hope you enjoy it!
Nina Pulley is a graduate of Oberlin College with a degree in Africana Studies, an avid artist, and thinker. In song, writing, and protest, she eschews limits in exchange for possibilities. She believes the gospel message is the most radical of them all.