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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Singing (10/31/05)

TITLE: Finding the music when the song isn't there
By Bev Davis


Finding the music when the song isnít there

I walked into a high school classroom, where I was to do an interview with a music teacher. I was early for the appointment and waited alone for a few minutes.
A music chart caught my eye.
On it was drawn a music staff on which some notes appeared. Below them were some words.
However, there was no clef sign to indicate whether those notes would be played or sung as treble or bass tones.
There was no key signature to designate the scale in which those notes would be played or sung. There was no time signature to define the rhythm of a tune.
There were no bars to define the measures and set the cadence.
Only some small dots that had no meaning in and of themselves. They needed a context in which to be defined.
How often I have felt that out of touch with the music of life. Sometimes, my heart wants to sing but canít find the right words. At other times, the song is there, but the timing is off.
My song is out of balance, off key.
Without clear definition of the melody line, my song has no harmony.
I find my song discordant and out of tune.
It is at those times, I turn to faith.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews defined faith as ďthe substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.Ē
Although I canít find the key signature and the measure bars, Faith knows where they are. Faith can guide me through the maze of lines and spaces and lead me to the melody. Faith connects all those small, seemingly insignificant dots into a meaningful musical pattern.
Through the eyes of faith, I find the hope to sing a new song, one filled with joy and purpose and meaning.
I find myself singing of the blessings abundantly showered on me every day.
Faith finds just the right cadence and measures its pace to match the tune.
I find myself singing the rhapsodies that come with knowing that even in the worst of circumstances, I do not have to lose the song in my heart. I sing of the power of God that sustains me in turbulent times. I sing of the sweet assurance that He is with me always. Nurtured by faith and led by Godís Spirit, my song inspires other singers, and our voices blend as one great choir as we proclaim the victories over our spiritual foes.
Our songs resound with the glory of confident marches into battles under the flag of Godís invincible protection. They ring with the triumph that only Godís redeemed can know.
We sing of His mercy, His grace and His unfailing love.
And, when I am alone, and my weak voice struggles to raise those difficult songs in the night, Faith brings the strains of hope and reassurance.
Faith always moves me to sing, because it puts me in tune with the music of Godís own heart.

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Helga Doermer11/07/05
Lovely parallel between the need to contextulize a musical score and the need to contextulize our lives.
Linda Watson Owen11/08/05
Wonderful comparison of living out our faith to the singing of a song.
Suzanne R11/09/05
You have some lovely sentiments here. I especially love the sentence, "even in the worst of circumstances, I do not have to lose the song in my heart." How tragic it is when the song in our heart fades away. Lovely. Well done.
Mary Lang11/09/05
You give us musically illiterate folks hope when you say, "Through the eyes of faith, I find the hope to sing a new song, one filled with joy and purpose and meaning." For as you say, we each have a purpose, meaning and joy to offer.