Due to the floors being redone at Barry church, we met at our house Wednesday night. We were in the living room sitting in a big circle. The adults were in chairs. The children were inside the circle sitting on the floor. We started out singing songs. The intent was to have a Bible study. We all enjoyed the singing so much that we kept on singing. I’ll continue in that study next week. Singing is that way. Once you start, you don’t want to stop. In fact, that is just what we did. We usually stop class around 8, but kept on singing till around 8:30.

 Have you sung lately? Have you had times where you just wanted to keep on singing? Have you been singing praises to God? Singing has a special power. I know that once every body else left, the children and I were still singing songs. We thought of some church songs, and then some older country songs we used to watch on YouTube (“Will the Circle be Unbroken?”, “Sixteen Tons”, and “The Battle of New Orleans” to name a few.) That got us thinking of even more songs. Before I knew it, Gretchen said, “If you ever want them to calm down to go to bed, you better stop singing.” It was getting late. So I decided I better let them calm down.

 The next day was the music program at the school. There were even more songs. The school children had worked hard on their songs. They did such a good job. There were several children who were so excited they couldn’t keep still. My youngest was one of them. When, we got home Thursday night, Abigail was humming one of the songs that we had sung in the living room with the church group Wednesday night. Her humming made my heart feel good.

 If you know me well, you know that there is typically a song playing in my head. That song may be the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy” that Abigail was humming Thursday as we went to bed. It may be “Let It Be” as the school children sang at the music program. Or it may be the last Springsteen song I heard in my car, “The River” in case you were wondering. Don’t limit your singing of praise to worship times. This carries over to your everyday life. I’m sure it’s not every song in your head. Hopefully, some of the songs in your head through the week are praises to God. “Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.” (Psalm 47:6 NIV)

 Jimmy Hodges

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