This winter's weather has given ample time for indoor activities. As you wait for storms to pass, consider taking Glory to God off the shelf. Read hymn and song texts in consecutive order as you would a collection of poetry or essays. Singing sporadic hymns and songs in congregational worship is enriching, but prevents readers from sensing the larger picture. Hymnals are like mosaics and stained glass windows in that each piece has its own beauty. Individual pieces also contribute to a larger whole that must be experienced from a different perspective. The specific placement of each hymn and song in Glory to God was intentional, building a narrative of salvation from cover to cover. Take the time to honor the collection as a whole. Use it in daily devotions, family blessings, or a Lenten study this year.