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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: Praise God In Any Key
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03/08/07


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When I think of the phrase, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord”, I think of my father. He is a preacher in addition to working in electrical maintenance. At the moment, he volunteers his time at different ministry functions. During my early childhood, he pastured a small country church in North Carolina.
My father loved his congregation. They loved him too. Every Sundays there for a long while, the choir director would encourage my Dad to sing along. I guess he figured it was better than Dad sitting there on stage lost in thought. Dad gracefully would decline, later explaining “You don’t really want me to sing”. Years after he stopped preaching at the country church, the same scenario would play itself out in nursing homes and other ministry gatherings. Dad would gracefully decline to sing.
I do remember a few times that my father gave in and sang along with the congregation. Yes, he was off key. But he sang off key with all his heart. If he was going to praise God in front of everyone on stage, than he was going to give it his all. I like to thank that God is blessed by people like my Dad everyday. The Bible does not say he wants to be praised by professional singers, it says that God desires His people to praise Him.
If God’s people do not praise Him than the rocks of the fields will cry out! I don’t know about you but I think any person sounds better than a rock crying out. Can you imagine how gravelly that would sound? So no matter how bad you sing or think that you sing, the next time a choir director calls you over --- grab the microphone and give it all you got!


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Jacquelyn Horne03/15/07
Wonderful memory piece. Good writing. However, watch your "than"s and "then"s. Keep working. This is good.
George Parler 03/15/07
There's nothing like good memories. And I'm glad the Lord instructed us to make a joyful "noise". That puts me off the bench and into the game. I get to play!

Thanks for sharing the memory. Keep writing!
Denise Pienaar03/16/07
Thank you for this encouraging piece of writing. Believing that I have the vocal chords of a frog, I too, am often too shy or embarrassed to sing. Yet even the song of the frog is music to the ears of God. As you so rightly say, any song of praise is welcomed by our Lord.
J. E. Jackson03/19/07
I like your description of the rocks would sound ;)
Debra Avila03/20/07
Thanks for the encouragement! Loved your artical. I will with boldness sing joyfully to the Lord giving it all I got. I have been holding back, as I have been told I can't sing. But as long as God gives me a voice I need to use it for Him and so i will.
c clemons03/22/07
Loved the title! I agree with others a nice story, if you want to continue to grow in writing always have someone proofread for you so that your piece will shine, God Bless