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Topic: Melody (08/24/06)
TITLE: In my heart there rings
By Santha Yinger
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My inability to make music doesn’t stop melodies from running through my head. Sometimes the melody is a fun little diddy, sometimes its that irritating phrase that you can’t get out of your head, like the song that never ends. Sometimes, the melody brings back a powerful truth at a key moment.
Recently, my sixteen year old son died suddenly and without much explanation. As I greeted the people at his visitation the first person hugged me and asked, “How ARE you?” I was asked a question I would be asked literally thousands of times. Time stood still as I searched for an answer. I heard a melody run through my head. I remembered a group of young people in my youth ministry, including my son. I could hear us singing at the top of our lungs while we danced the dosey doe – “God is good, all the time. All the time God is good. Even in the darkest night his light will shine.” I looked down the line of people waiting to greet me and saw some of those same students in line. Could I really say in this darkest night, that God was good, that his light would shine? Was that true, or were there times that the darkest night was just too dark and it was understandable to momentarily abandon that melody?
At that moment I made a choice of how to respond. I heard myself say, “I’m broken hearted but I’m going to be OK because God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.” I spoke words that were honest. And I was laying claim that I desperately needed God to be who he promised to be.
Often getting to the promised land is a journey. I have learned to listen to the melody that rings in my heart. These days I am hearing “Because he lives I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. Because I know he holds the future, life is worth the living, just because he lives.” Not a bad melody to have ring in my heart as I journey seeing God keep his promises even in the darkest nights.
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