Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hearing voices

I hear voices, now and then.

I grew up in church in a time when you sang out of hymnals and not from projection screens. I still have one of the old, worn hymnals from my childhood church, rescued from the trash bin.

When do I hear voices?

On those rare occasions when the words of one of those old hymns illuminates the screen on Sunday morning. Amidst the strains of “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Just Over in the Glory Land,” or “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” I hear the tremulous voice of my mother.

Her name was Grace. While not perfect, she was a godly woman, and, man, could she sing! She instilled in me both the joy of singing and the power of God’s Word that was laced through the lyrics of those hymns.

When I sing an old hymn, I feel both the love of God and the love of a godly mother. Her faithfulness throughout her life is her legacy to me, my sister, and others who knew her.

Live to leave a legacy of faith for those around you.

“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.” (2 Timothy 1:5, NLT).

Do you hear voices when you sing hymns? Are there other ways you hear the voices of those who have influenced you? Who has had the most positive spiritual impact in your life? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

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