Tongue-Tied

February 15, 2013
by Cassandra Wessel

Isaiah 35:5-6a – Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. (NKJV)

This verse causes me to remember how God answered our pleas regarding our son's inability to talk. He was born brain-damaged after being starved for oxygen before birth. At age six when he entered special education classes, he still had fewer than a dozen words that anyone could understand. How we beseeched God to heal our tongue-tied boy!

One day, I received a phone call from the school's speech therapist. She informed us that she thought our son had a form of cerebral palsy which made it impossible for the necessary muscles for speech to work correctly. In essence, he was what had been known as being "dumb". She suggested a regimen of physical therapy exercises for him, most of which were fun! He got to lick peanut butter off tongue depressors, suck down milkshakes, and play "Simon says", over and over again, by touching the tip of his tongue first toward his left cheek, then the right, his nose, and then his chin. How he giggled! Within a year, he began adding words to his vocabulary as he was able to make his tongue obey his mind. Today at age 44, we can't get him to stop chattering, and in church, he sings! To others it may sound like a growl, but in heaven his praise resounds like an opera singer.

Psalm 100:1-2 – Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

Psalm 95:2 – Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. (KJV)

So, for those who claim that they cannot carry a tune in a bucket, God never said anything about singing on key — but simply making a joyful noise! As we rejoice in church, or even as we wash the dishes, let's sing out joyfully, because God has enabled us to do so and because He commanded it! Such a simple thing is singing, yet how hard for people born without the ability to get their tongues to form words, or for those who cannot hear the notes and words! How I thank God for healing my son and giving him the ability to sing God's praises!

Prayer: Lord God, we join our own songs to angel praises. Thank You for enabling us to speak and sing of Your blessings, for we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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Cassandra Wessel <casswessel@ymail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Wonderful story Cass. Thanks for sharing.


    You are an inspiration as a faithful steward and sheep of the Lord, Cassandra.
    (Texas)


    God is certainly good. What a lovely message, Cass. Thank you.
    So glad the exercises worked too.


    Dear Cassandra!
    I am in joyful tears reading your devotional. To God continues the glory.


    Thank you, I have never been able to carry a tune, but love to attend church where his praises are sung. Of course, I sing along!! You show me I am not alone.


    Thank you for sharing your story Cass. I’m sure it has resonated with many and given hope to many more.
    God Bless you and your family.


    Thank you for this beautiful, encouraging message. It is very helpful for me to have people like yourself in my life.
    May God bless you.


    Dear Cassandre,
    I really enjoy your testimony “Tongue-Tied”.
    Thank you.


    Cassandra,
    How thankful I am for your sharing about your son.
    What a blessings,
    (CA)


    Dear Cass!
    Thank you for writing.
    Grace and Peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 2 Peter 1:2
    Worshiping The LORD with gladness always sends me to Grace and Peace.


    Cassandra my dear.
    This is the kind of devotional dear to my heart. Your opening scripture is one of my favorite verses.
    Every day I pray that the loved-ones of handicapped people would ever keep in vision the wonderful time in glory where nobody at all will be handicapped.
    Blessings.


    Cass – your devotional touched my heart. I could easily relate to your experience and appreciate what you had to say. Although my son still has a serious language deficit, he understands the simple truth that Jesus is God’s Son and loves listening to Bible stories. I am amazed how much he can understand! He also learned to sing Bible songs at an early age and sang them in class at the public school he attended. What a wonderful testimony to God despite his handicap!
    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story.
    Blessings.


    Dear Sandy,
    Thanks for sharing the story about your son. When I was working with students I used to get colds and lose my voice. I would have to stay at home and rest because no one could get it into their heads that I was unable to help them verbally! How frustrating.
    How your son must rejoice in being able to speak and sing. As to your remarks about tunefulness.
    I am reminded of 1 Samuel 16:7:-
    But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (ESV)
    and that is the key to life eternal.
    (England)


    Dear Cass,
    Your devotional reminded me of when I directed children’s choirs. I discovered that nearly every child could sing as their voices matured. I know that you and your husband gave many hours to your son during his training period. God less you.


    When I worked as a caregiver I was blessed with never seeing people’s limitations. We all have different abilities given by God. Ours is to respond to those abilities. Thanks for your encouraging words re your son. If God closes a door he always opens a window.


    Good Morning Cassandra: How blessed you were to have a therapist who alluded you to the fact there was indeed physical therapy exercises for your son that would strengthen his muscles and allow him to speak correctly. Praise God, today he sings praises to He who created him in His own image and I am sure each time you hear him sing you are thankful for the young woman who informed you of the necessary therapy your boy needed to enable him to be of strong voice and song.
    I often think, God did not leave us who needed therapy for our spiritual muscles without a source of strength, He left His word to guide and direct us so that we could grow strong spiritually and also sing praises to His glorious name.
    This was a beautiful message leading us to the foot of the cross, thankful for the wonderful recovery in the life of your son and also thankful for the word of God, our therapy for a glorious life in Christ.


    Thank you Cass for your uplifting story regarding your son. I am sure that the very angels rejoice and join in praise songs with your blessed son. Thank You Jesus!
    Blessings.

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