Don’t Forget to Play

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There is something deeply enlivening and holy about the spiritual discipline of play.  Sabbath-rich play is often where we become our most authentically human.  This song is about that very thing.  Thanks for playing along.

Play (Words and music by Eric Park)

Long ago when God rested on the 7th day

It wasn’t time for sleeping or a holiday

Maybe it was a day to soak up the newborn sun

A playful recreation in the light of what he’d done

 

If we’re made in the image of this kind of God

This working, playing, moving, resting kind of God

Then deep within our soul we find a common way

A healthy rhythm making room for work and play

 

And don’t forget to play

It’s part of what’s inside us

Don’t forget to play

It limits what divides us

Don’t forget to play

There’s laughter right beside us

No better time for playing than today

Join the recreation, come and play

 

Stifling our playfulness is nothing new

It’s looked upon as slothful when there’s work to do

But even work is playful when it’s done with grace

A playful spirit softens up a hardened place

 

And don’t forget to play

It’s part of what reveals us

Don’t forget to play

Removing what conceals us

Don’t forget to play

It unifies and seals us

No better time for playing than today

Join the recreation; come and play

 

It’s what keeps my spirit light

Keeping things within me bright

It’s what brings me off the shelf

And helps me be my truest self

 

A soul deprived of playtime in time will long for more

It’s part of why we nurse the sick and feed the poor

Reaching to the broken souls that they might be

Brought closer to a playfulness that sets them free

 

And don’t forget to play

It’s part of what reveals us

Don’t forget to play

Removing what conceals us

Don’t forget to play

It unifies and seals us

No better time for playing than today

Join the recreation; come and play

 

And don’t forget to play

It’s part of what’s inside us

Don’t forget to play

It limits what divides us

Don’t forget to play

There’s laughter right beside us

No better time for playing than today

Join the recreation, come and play

 

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