The Songs Of Childhood

August 10, 2008
by Kirsti Sipila

Psalm 66:1-2 – Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth; sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise. (NRSV)

It is not unusual to hear a troubadour on the street playing and singing for the people passing by. Even from a distance away, amid the traffic, one can hear the melody of the guitar and the voice of the singer.

An old guitar case was open for the coins that might be dropped there. The guitar was a beaten old instrument in need of repair. A broken string or two did not stop the musician or hinder his effort.

I stood by, and when the musician took a break, I asked if he knew "Jesus loves me". A fleeting spark in his eye seemed to remind him of something, and he sighed, "Aha! That goes away back to school days!" He ran his fingers on the few good strings left, in search of an old, familiar, childhood song. After a few attempts, he said, "Now, I won't get that out of my mind till I find it." I said, "Don't forget Jesus loves you!"

I walked away in the shine of his smile. Something happened in that brief moment. If I know my Jesus right, He will help the young fellow to remember the song, "Jesus loves me", and refresh it to him for his life and living. I went rejoicing in that moment filled with the goodness of God. I sing "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so…". And He loves all whom I pass today and every day. Alleluia! Praise God! We will remember anew the songs of childhood. And some day, we will sing all of them with a newfound meaning.

Prayer: Jesus of amazing love, thank You for the moments when You are with us so clearly and dearly. Let many more have the aha! moment of Your presence and power. Be gracious to us and bless us and make Your face to shine upon us. In Your name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Kirsti Sipila <kirstiksipila@hotmail.com>
Brantford, Ontario, Canada

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