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

TITLE: An Honest Song
By Michael Ales
11/06/05


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The choir sounded angelic. I wonder if angels sing. If they do, then at least today they'd have been proud to join the voices rising from the burgundy robes in our choir loft. Melodies soared with their harmonies woven in and out and between. Springs of individual sounds trickled down to streams of soprano and alto and tenor and bass. Before long they joined in a river of praise running in time to the rhythm of the orchestra. I imagined what a sweet, sweet sound it must have made in the ear of our Lord.

But then, one little voice outdid them all. From somewhere in the back of the car on our way home came a quiet sound, a tiny noise. Nearly melodic, almost in meter, something similar to a song; a little boy was singing. Not in tune. Not with timbre. No brass, no woodwinds, no violins. No cymbal crash to announce the crescendo. Just a voice, small and sincere. A joyful noise. My son.

I learned a lesson from the knot in my throat and the tear in my eye, and found out what all heaven knows. What's most pleasing to our Father above is not the sacrifice of what we can do, but the offering of who we are. And I smiled, shed a tear, and listened with joy to an honest song to the lord that no grandeur can replace.


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Jan Ackerson 11/08/05
The last two paragraphs are absolutely precious. You may have mixed mataphors a bit in the first; it seemed to have streams of music flowing in the Lord's ear. Very wet. But I can sure hear that sweet little one's voice...and I love it!
Jan Ackerson 11/08/05
Sorry, I meant "metaphors."
Lauren Bombardier11/14/05
Beautiful!
Dan Louise Mann11/14/05
Well-deserved award this week. Very sweet piece. Congratulations!
B Brenton11/14/05
What's most pleasing to our Father above is not the sacrifice of what we can do, but the offering of who we are.

- For this line alone, well deseved.
Congrats!
Karen Treharne11/17/05
Beautifully expressed, Michael. The words of a sensitive and loving father, just like our Heavenly Father. You do Him honor with this story. Congratulations and may He continue to bless you in your writing.
Julianne Jones11/18/05
A beautifully written and well-thought piece. Congrats!
Deborah Porter 01/16/06
Michael, sometimes the shortest of messages convey the greatest message - this certainly is the case. I'm so glad that it's going to be in the "Come Away with Me" FaithWriters' Antholgy.

I'm just in the process of preparing the book now, and need to get from you a three to four sentence biography note (written in the third person).

If you aren't sure how to go about writing it (and bio notes are probably the hardest thing for any of us to write), you can get some ideas from the notes on the bottom of all the articles at www.faithwritersmagazine.com

When you have it ready, could you please send it to me by Private Message. Thanks so much.

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator and Editor, FaithWriters' Magazine)
Victoria Garcia11/16/09
Your article was amazing! I loved reading it.