I had been thinking about getting a tattoo for awhile now but was waiting for something that actually meant something to me. God has become a HUGE part of my life since I came to college and have learned so much about Jesus and his teachings. Growing up in a traditional Methodist church I was immersed in the music of beautiful hymns dating back to hundreds of years ago. These hymns have always held a special place in my heart.
As soon as I got on campus I joined InterVarsity Christian fellowship which has permanently changed who I am. It holds dear to my heart and I wouldn’t be where I am if I hadn’t joined. In our weekly sessions we sing worship music completely different than what I grew up with. It was difficult at first for me to understand why there was no music, only works projected up upon a screen. How was I supposed to know the tune? I eventually got used to it although I have to admit, not reading music was disappointing.
When I got home for winter break, I couldn’t stop listening to “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” on my computer. The words rang through my ears constantly and I sang it incessantly. Finally I decided I wanted to get the piano sheet music for it. I began playing it and the music consumed my body. The simplicity of the music along with the complex lyrics spoke to me in a way that I had never felt before while playing music.
This tune was song I grew up singing in church on Sunday mornings in our thick red hymnals. It was also a tune I commonly sang (subtract the organ, add an acoustic guitar and a microphone) in InterVarsity.
So, as you probably realized, I decided to get some words from the song as a tattoo. “Tune my heart to sing thy grace,” was a line that particularly spoke to me. The symbolism and the imagery portrayed in it is so peaceful and meaningful. In my own words, I see it as God changing my heart so that I could follow him better and love others through that.
The actual tattoo says “tune my heart,” and it’s down the middle of my spine. Yes, it hurt like no other, but I absolutely love my new tattoo and more importantly, I love God!
Peace and blessings,