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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54 – A song for love and comfort

My elderly friend asked me to take her to the hospital one morning. She had diminished eyesight and left her car there the night before. She stayed too long visiting her husband and someone had to drive her home because it was dark.

I plugged in my iPod and turned up the volume since both of us have hearing impairments. I played a few songs from the 1940s, and I loved hearing her raspy voice singing the lyrics perfectly. We laughed and hugged as she exited my car to visit the love of her life who was sick.

The next day she told me that he was gravely ill, and she decided to sing ‘Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so’ to him as he slept. But she giggled into the phone and said, “he started singing it with me.”

In sickness and in health, music warms our hearts. Share a song about Jesus with someone today. Sing it together aloud. Make a joyful noise with someone you love.

Scripture: Addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart. Ephesians 5:19 ESV

Prayer: Lord, we thank you for giving us the ability to love one another. Thank you for the spiritual songs that have been written for us to sing. Our hearts love being filled with your Spirit as we sing praise and glorify you. We seek ways to comfort our loved ones when they are sick. Softly singing about Jesus tells them, “Jesus loves you and so do I.” Amen.

29 – Fill my cup

Hymns and golden oldies music occupy a large room in my memory bank. The hymn I took the title from today is dear to my heart. Before I lost my hearing I sang it in the church choir. A hearing-impaired second soprano who didn’t want to quit singing.

After profound deafness came to stay, I learned to sign some favorite songs with my hands. Fill my cup, Lord. I lift it up, Lord. Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.

It doesn’t matter if you can read music or carry a tune. Sing it anyway. Let your heart sing old songs and new. Make a joyful noise.

Scripture: My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. Psalm 71:23 ESV

Prayer: Father God, since you have redeemed my soul through your son Jesus Christ, I must sing. I cannot stop my heart and mind from praising you with music. Thank you for all music written by inspiration to speak to us about love and life. Amen.