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Topic: Melody (08/24/06)
By Rhonda Clark
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My name is Melody Grace. Everyone I meet thinks my name is so beautiful. They laughingly say itís Ďmelodic as it rolls off your tongue.í Ha, ha, so funnyónot. As bad as that raises my hackles, the question I get is worse: "Since your name is Melody, does that mean you can sing?" I want to scream every time I hear it. Everyone thinks itís a joke, and they usually have a smirk on their face when they ask that stupid question. All I can do is smile and be polite, no matter what Iím feeling insideómom said so. She says people donít intend to make me angry when they ask that, theyíre just kidding around. I know sheís right, and I guess maybe the question wouldnít be so bad if I could sing. You see, I canít carry a tune in a bucketóIím tone deaf. All the notes sound the same. Iíd love to make a beautiful sound with my voice and move people to tears with my lilting. I move them to tears all rightóbut its tears of anguish and agony.
My father always told me that I was named Melody Grace because of the sweet music Godís grace brings us. I believed this until I was seven. Thatís when he left my mother and me. About that time I started hating that stupid question about my name, as well as my life. I just wish I knew how to put some sweet Ďmelodyí in my life. My best friend, Karen, told me Jesus can make my life beautiful like music and invited me to her church youth group. Iím not sure what Jesus can do for me, but I guess Iíll find out Sunday.
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