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Topic: Melody (08/24/06)
TITLE: A New Melody
By Pamela Rosario
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(As I listen to the audition tape, I can’t help the tears that come. So many memories swirling around inside my head.)
A gangly girl with long brown hair stood up from the front pew. Small hands smoothed the front of her dress just as she’d been taught. She walked to the piano where her older sister sat waiting.
“Are you ready?” Jeannie asked. Paula was only five years old. She couldn’t read, so Jeannie had spent hours sitting on the couch in the living room teaching her the words to the song she would be singing on Sunday morning.
“I’m ready.” Paula said, excitement gleaming in her big, brown eyes. She couldn’t wait to sing.
“One More Valley,” she announced to the waiting congregation. She looked over at Mom who gave a nod of her head, as if to say, “Go on, you know what to do.”
The strains of the familiar melody began as Paula took a deep breath and began to sing.
Brother Henry stopped clipping his fingernails. Sister Ruby opened her eyes. Brother Melvin and Sister Hazel grinned from ear to ear. No one could believe that such a big voice was coming from such a small package.
The last notes faded away, and Paula returned to her usual seat next to Mom.There was no applause because clapping was forbidden in the little Pentecostal church.
The pastor made his way to the pulpit and thanked both his daughters for the song. Without missing a beat, his baritone voice began to read the Scripture chosen for Sunday morning’s sermon.
(I paused at the door of the choir room. The chance to audition for the praise team was answer to a private prayer. I wanted so much to sing the melody in my heart. Here was my chance to honor God with a talent I had buried away. As I pushed through the door, I heard “Are you ready?”)
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