How can I sing well with a weak, croaky voice, strong tendency to cough and inability to hold my breath (never mind a note) as long as I need to? The short answer is I can’t. My singing is mostly reduced to bathroom blues and accompanying a CD.

I’m no longer the young child singing freely to friends and family, nor the lost-in-the-moment, worshipping woman standing in church, hitting the high notes with ease, belting out a hymn to the best of my ability. And I haven’t been for years.

Now my voices trembles with M.E induced weariness and my body needs to sit instead, leaving my diaphragm squashed a bit. But here’s the thing: God has shaped our lives to be a song for Him, a perpetual hymn of praise.

We’re meant to make heavenly music out of our dirge filled days. How on earth do we do that? It’s by an unearthly gift of grace, freely available to us all. There are times when our lives naturally sing out God’s wonder, and others where it’s by pure grace alone.

I’m helped and heartened by remembering how tenderly God sings over us, how lovingly He croons to His beloved children.

“The Lord your God is in your midst., the Mighty One will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you with His love; He will rejoice over you with singing” ~ Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

We also live in a world alive with song. Creation sings out its beauty. God’s goodness wraps us in notes of love that sing to our hurting hearts. Our task is to hear and respond to them.

Thankfully, it doesn’t depend on us alone. We have Holy Spirit’s unlimited resources to equip us to sing freely, joyfully for our Lord, in  heart, soul and spirit.

I rejoice to think our lives can become a hymn of praise and glory to God. We can sing inwardly too, in contemplative prayer, with wonder and praise. The important thing is to let our lives sing out God’s grace, as we bear witness for Him.

PS: The image below shows my grandson (aka future rock star) in full, uninhibited throttle! Oh to be like that…  🙂

I’m sharing my words with the fantastic five-minute-friday writing crew gathering at Kate Motaung’s site today. Just click here to join us there. This week’s prompt is ‘sing’.