75th – The Lily of the Valley

This city girl loved the bumpy ride in the bed of an old truck down a winding dirt road. If I was in Tennessee on a Sunday morning, I would be singing in the country church choir with Uncle Boyd and my cousins. When the choir needed more voices, he would call our names Donna, Linda, Billy and Sheila to join the choir. To relieve my anxiety, I watched Aunt Louise’s face as I sang. She had the smile of an angel staring back at me.

I can still see the congregation, windows open, funeral fans waving in their hands as they sang. Uncle Boyd’s voice was the trumpet that led us in singing, “He’s the Lily of the Valley, the bright and morning star. He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” Church, family, singing praises makes a soul happy.

Scripture: Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. Psalm 147:1 ESV

Prayer: Loving Father of us all, thank you for giving us songs about Jesus. We keep them in our hearts and minds to feed our spirit and encourage us. May we share these hymns and sing them with others all the days of our lives. The testimony comes through sharing, and singing is a wonderful method that helps us and others. Keep giving us hymns of praise, Lord. Amen.

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75 – The Lily of the Valley

This city girl loved the bumpy ride in the bed of an old truck down a winding dirt road. If I was in Tennessee on a Sunday morning, I would be singing in the country church choir with Uncle Boyd and my cousins. When the choir needed more voices, he would call our names Donna, Linda, Billy and Sheila to join the choir.

To relieve my anxiety, I watched Aunt Louise’s face as I sang. She had the smile of an angel staring back at me.

I can still see the congregation, windows open, funeral fans waving in their hands as they sang. Uncle Boyd’s voice was the trumpet that led us in singing, “He’s the Lily of the Valley, the bright and morning star. He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.” Church, family, singing praises makes a soul happy.

Scripture: Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. Psalm 147:1 ESV

Prayer: Loving Father of us all, thank you for giving us songs about Jesus. We keep them in our hearts and minds to feed our spirit and encourage us. May we share these hymns and sing them with others all the days of our lives. The testimony comes through sharing, and singing is a wonderful method that helps us and others. Keep giving us hymns of praise, Lord. Amen.

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74th – Children with disabilities

I was a hearing-impaired teaching assistant in public school. My knowledge of sign language gave me this opportunity to work with children who struggled with a variety of disabilities in an educational setting. Their primary disability was deafness. Some were completely deaf while others could hear garbled words like I did with hearing aids.

One of my tasks was to wait with them after school for the bus that took them to their homes all over our county. In getting to know their cheery bus driver, I told her I was praying for an interpreter for me at church. She said she was an interpreter and praying for a church. We put our hearts and heads together on the mission God revealed to us and co-taught a Sunday School class for deaf children. We each picked them up on Sunday morning and took them back home. This gospel outreach touched students from my public school as well as a few from the deaf school in the city.

Look what God can do with you! He can use you to reach others and add souls to his kingdom. Pray for opportunities to serve!

Scripture: Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 ESV

Prayer: Gracious Father, thank you for building my skills and leading me to serve you. You planned each step of my path and had it cross with people at just the right time in my life. You are an all-knowing God, and I trust you with my future. I pray today for opportunities to teach others about your love and forgiveness. Amen.

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