The theme of water flows through most of the opening songs on this list. While there is no single meaning that the sea, rivers or rain have in literature or song, they are commonly metaphors for life and its challenges or for our longing for cleansing – both of which are certainly elements of this season we are walking through. The latter part of this playlist are songs and works of praise and prayer to the one who offers us the strength and cleansing we seek. These are all songs I commonly listen to as I read, study or write. I hope they bring inspiration and encouragement to you as well.