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Topic: Singing (10/31/05)
TITLE: She Sings a New Song
By Nancy Leaf
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The very first song she sang was in bed one night at the age of 4.
“Hands together softly so,
Little eyes shut tight,
Father just before we go
Hear our prayers tonight.
We are all thy children here
This is what we pray,
Keep us when the dark is here
And through every daaayyyyy.
Her eyes would sparkle as she ran through the house with pony tail bobbing and her tiny feet dancing through the rooms.
Growing up was so much fun, with her two brothers to watch over her, and parents who loved her without trial.
She always wanted to be a dancer, and would show all who came to visit how much she had learned since their last visit. Singing was her great love as well, and she knew that one day she would become an actor who would dance and sing as the world looked on with wonder at her talents. But life is not always pleasant or agreeable. She soon developed desperate problems of health. It caused great concern to the parents who loved her so deeply and wanted so much for her to be able to do the things she desired out of life. She spent many days in bed because of pain that could not be helped. All through her teen years and into young adulthood she suffered from pain and illness that seemed to have no cure.
She joined an actor’s guild and became a very popular dancer and singer in many different plays throughout the next few years. They asked her to choreograph several of the plays, and her voice rang out true to form on every occasion, as family and friends alike flocked to watch that short petite young woman whom they had watched grow up running through the house singing out at the top of her voice, and dancing through the rooms underfoot of any who might be present.
In school she would miss days on end making it very hard to finish with the knowledge that she was doing alright in the realm of her studies. She suffered years of bullying by her peers who did not understand her illness, slowly but surely eroding her confidence and self esteem. She not only bore her physical pain, but depression reduced her to self-harm and no hope for a future. Then came college and the pain was even more pronounced and more often, seeming to rid her of all strength to go on. She thought she would never make it through the year. Work was just as bad; she lost one job after another, not knowing what to do. Should she keep looking for work, or should she just lie at home and do nothing?
One day she talked with someone who told her about Jesus and about how much He loved her. She invited Jesus to enter into her heart, and become a part of her life. That was not the cure all that some might have expected, but Jesus gave her the grace to endure the pain of her illness. Gods grace was indeed sufficient for her on those worst of days. She began attending the church her mother attended, and soon after was baptized in water to show that she had become a new creature in Christ. What a blessing to all who came to watch that great and wonderful day. Her mother was baptized the same day so it made it a double blessing for her.
Finally one day a Dr said that diet could make a difference in her life. She soon began to feel much better, but still lost several jobs because of needing to take so many days off for her pain.
As she got familiar with the church she was attending, she began to sing with the choir, then she was soon singing solos for the services. What a blessing to all those who heard her crisp clear voice singing out the wonderful words of Gods love in song.
She is now singing a new song, and it is that of her love for the God who sent His Son to be her Saviour. She will sing that song, even though the words are different and the music is not always the same. The meaning is there, and all who hear it will know that her God is sufficient for her anytime of the day or night. His Love endures forever. Amen
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