A Harmony Of Praise

July 19, 2004
by Judith Welch

Colossians 3:17 – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV)

One morning recently, I awoke early, feeling sad. Where could I turn for wisdom and understanding? The previous day's events lay heavy on my heart. I had been in a situation where many opinions had been expressed. To say the room was filled with antipathy and animosity would be a mild understatement.

I poured my first cup of morning coffee, picked up my Bible, and went to the sunroom to read and pray, as is my daily habit. Because my mind and heart were troubled, I had difficulty concentrating on what I read. Then, as the dark sky turned to a rose-coloured dawn, the soft fragrance of the lily-of-the-valley blooming outside the window wafted in. Breathing in its sweet perfume, I noticed the stark contrast between the delicate white flowers and the lush green thickness of the lawn. It was a beautiful sight. Our Lord's presence seemed almost palpable, and a sense of peace and comfort came over me.

Then a choir of birds began to sing. It was like a beautiful symphony, with both high and low voices. There was a melody with counterpoints and a certain pulsing rhythm, but I could still discern the individual voices of the various birds.

My prayers were being answered. Our Lord was teaching me that each individual voice needs to be heard. Some will be lilting and positive, and some will counter, but all the voices can blend together to create a symphony of praise.

Prayer: We thank You, Father, for the beauty of Your earth, for the sweet gentle fragrance of the flowers, and for the sense of awe and wonder we feel in Your presence. Most of all, we thank You for teaching us to sing our songs in a harmony of praise to Your greatness. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Judith Welch <judithwelch12@gmail.com>
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

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