Couldn’t Sing In Tune To Save Her Life!
“Sue couldn’t sing in tune to save her life!”
That was my father’s less than flattering assessment of Mum’s singing.
I must admit, though, that there was a ring of truth to this.
My earliest memory of Mum singing was at a girl guides camp where she was one of the leaders. I recall sitting cross-legged in a circle for the sing-along. Mum was singing enthusiastically, loudly – and very out of tune! I began to cringe as I realised she was putting everyone else off. The original melody of the song was completely lost and they had difficulty finding it again amidst Mum’s hearty rendition of ... well, no-one was really sure what it was.
Despite being melodically challenged, Mum did have a desire to sing. Later in life she even took singing lessons. Now that was a challenge – more for the teacher than for her!
She never did get any encouragement from Dad for her singing. There was one place, however, where she could sing loudly, from her heart, and with the reassurance that her song would be welcomed. This was when she came along to my church.
It was a delight to see Mum singing with abandon as she clapped enthusiastically out of time. She sang with great joy as she realised that here her song was worthy and that to her Father in heaven it was the most beautiful melody as it came from her heart.
The love, acceptance and great value she felt in those times of worship led her to open her heart to God and she stepped into the welcoming embrace of her Saviour. She is there in heaven with Him now.
Sometimes when I worship in church, I feel that I am so close to Mum as she joins in with divine melodies as part of the heavenly worship celebration.
Couldn’t sing to save her life?
No, that’s not true. I think she sang her way to heaven.
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