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Topic: Singing (10/31/05)
TITLE: Singing and Not Singing
By Jean Krohn
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“Oh, I only sing solo—that is so low nobody can hear me.” This is one of my favorite answers when a friend asks me to go to choir practice with them. “No, no, Ken pays me NOT to sing,” is another.
I love music. It makes my heart leap and my toes tap. Also, sacred music, old or new, acts as a gateway ushering me into God’s presence. What a pleasure to hear a choir and orchestra praising God, singing of His grace.
I sometimes wish I were invisible. This usually occurs if I join in the singing on Sunday morning. Instinctively, without realizing it, the worshippers sitting near me in the pews begin to edge further away or turn their backs to me. If I were invisible, maybe nobody could hear me trying to surround the notes on all sides like cattle drovers during a stampede. Then, if nobody could hear me, maybe my bouncing ball heart would feel free to express aloud the overflowing joy the words and music inspire in me.
One of the things I look forward to in heaven is having a voice beautiful enough to join freely in singing His praise. I know that even my squeaky voice is acceptable to God; but, imagine not having to be careful about how loud you sing or worry about whether or not you are in tune. What a thrill!
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