Thursday, November 11, 2010

Still Singing

As I sat with my friends at lunch yesterday, my friend Cathy was describing a recent visit with her mother. Cathy’s mom suffers with Alzheimer’s and is engaging in conversation less and less when she visits, which is very sad for her daughters to experience. She told us with sadness in her voice, “Mom doesn’t talk much anymore.” As she described her visit with her mom, Dot, Cathy described a church telecast that her mom has enjoyed in the past. As the time approached for the televised service to begin, Cathy changed the channel so that Dot could enjoy it. In bittersweetness, Cathy told us how special this particular visit with her mom was to her. You see, when Cathy changed the channel to the church broadcast, worship music began and the words to the hymns were on the screen and her momma could read them.

“And my momma just sang and sang and sang. She may not talk much anymore, but she can still sing.”

This spoke to my heart immensely because although Mrs. Dot is not the same person to her family or to us anymore, she still has that sense of a song within her heart. I know God puts it there, for that is what we are going to do when we see Him, and I cannot wait to sing “Holy! Holy! Holy! Is the Lord God Almighty!”.

Here is what the Apostle Paul tells us to do:
“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16

Thinking about the song in Mrs. Dot’s heart, reminded me of a story I heard about several months ago, and many of you may have heard about it too, but it bears repeating. Today I've added a video of a little boy named Draven singing in worship to Jesus. Sure, kids sing songs to Jesus all the time, but Draven’s story is different. Draven is autistic and is very non-verbal, but he can sing songs to his Jesus, and notice the words that are the clearest ones that He sings.

"Holy Holy Holy Is The Lord God Almighty."  Sound familiar?

Revelation 4:8  "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come."   

He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.
Psalms 40:3

God made us to worship, He puts the songs within our mouths, that is part of Heaven within us right here on this earth. Although life has dealt both Dot and Draven less than perfect situations, they are still singing. Although Dot's mind is not the same, her spirit still knows how to sing. Although Draven speaks very little, his spirit still can sing. That my friends, is a touch from the Master's Hand. My prayer is that no matter what this life may bring, I will still be singing when He returns for me or calls my name. Lord, put a song in my heart everyday for the rest of my life.

What song is in your heart today?

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  1. things put to music stay with me. In my mind, in my heart. I can remember songs from 20 something years ago, and cant remember a name, or a verse, or a reference from 20 minutes ago. I dont think thats a coincidence. Putting scripture to music is one of the things God has given us, for multiple reasons I am still finding out.

    I love watching and hearing my kids sing. Eric belts songs out with me in the car at the top of his lungs. (depending on what song...he might even growl...) You look back in the rear veiw mirror and hes got intenseness on his face, eyes closed, and rocking his head back and forth singing "Everlasting, You're Light will shine when all else fades" or "I dont have time to maintain these regrets when I think about, The way, that He loves us!" I honestly dont know where I was going with thoughts drifted :) Songs are deep parts of our soul..I love how God created us with that.

  2. Some of my favorite moments are listening to my kids sing out to our Lord. Hearing Allyson(5) sing hymns she has learned at school and teaching them to the boys, Noah(3) belting out songs from KLove in the middle of the day that I didn’t even know he picked up and just the other day my 22 month old started singing, “Awesome in Power…Our God”. My heart just rejoices because I know these songs and truths are being pressed upon their hearts and will stay will them a lifetime. Reminding them and Tom and I just how much our heavenly Father loves us and cradles us in the palm of his hand. I just know that my God is smiling down at my musical-mini-van of praise every time my kids and I are on the go.
    Sarah Link


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