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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Singing (10/31/05)

TITLE: Noise
By Paul Potenza
11/01/05


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NOISE

I happen to be blessed with a beautiful voice. I was also gifted with a measure of humbleness beyond degree. Some people are not so fortunate.

I was sitting at church services last Sunday in front of one of the older men in the congregation. We sing “a capella” and this poor old guy sounded like an asthmatic bagpiper. He hit more “notes” (and I use that term loosely) in one verse than there were in the whole darned song. Things like that can really unnerve a finely tuned instrument like me.

Then I happened to catch a glimpse of him during the chorus (which he was absolutely murdering, by the way) and I got a good look at Christianity!

Here’s what Christianity looks like.

His eyes were sparkling. His 80 year old flushed face looked like a little boy’s. His joy was unbounded as he proclaimed “EVEN SO, IT IS WELL, WITH MY SOUL”.

Twenty plus years ago, this same man was my Sunday School teacher. He taught me some good lessons by his knowledge and his manner of life.

Last Sunday, he taught me another lesson. You sing to God with your heart and soul not just your voice. I hope that I can sing that well some day.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.


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Jan Ackerson 11/07/05
I loved the ironic "voice" in your first three paragraphs! Glad you learned your lesson, and then taught it to us.
terri tiffany11/08/05
Me too! I am always blessed by the people who sing out to the Lord in church despite not having a perfect voice. Very nice.
Brandi Roberts11/09/05
Very well written! Short and sweet, I liked it!
Debbie Sickler11/09/05
"this poor old guy sounded like an asthmatic bagpiper. He hit more “notes” (and I use that term loosely) in one verse than there were in the whole darned song. Things like that can really unnerve a finely tuned instrument like me." Great description of the old man and love the humor of being a fine tuned instrument!

I also love hearing people joyfully and boldly singing off key while I whisper a soft squeak hoping not to hurt any body's ears. Thanks for a fun reminder of why we should sing.
Shari Armstrong 11/10/05
Nicely done -a good lesson (and again one of my favorite hymns in an entry this week!)
Anita Neuman11/10/05
"I hope that I can sing that well some day." That line summed it up quite perfectly. Well done, sweet lady!
Julianne Jones11/11/05
Really enjoyed the 'ironic' voice and would have enjoyed seeing you explore it further. A good lesson. Well done.
Debbie OConnor11/12/05
Whew! Your first paragraph had me worried, but this turned out to be a sweet, poignant little article. Great message in a humerous package. Well done!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/15/06
I can read read our friend "Lewis Grizzard" in some bits and pieces throughout your work. Delightful piece here...and with wit and humor that reminds me of our beloved friend. You will see my attempt to copy him throughout my work...but I never can quite capture that magic. There's only one like him....Semper Fi, my friend! Great writing!