A minister’s wife came alongside me when I was a teen and began to teach me how to harmonize. Now up to this point, I sang a very passable soprano, and I liked the fact that people thought I had a beautiful voice. For some reason she thought I should learn to harmonize. (She probably heard my voice crack a bit when I tried to hit those high notes!)
In a choir, the sopranos take the lead with the melody, and their strong voices are needed in order for altos, tenors, and basses to hear where their important parts fit in, presenting a true harmony of “one voice” that makes the hearer’s heart respond in joy!
We can’t all be sopranos in the choir, nor should we try! Each of our voices is equally important to the song that we collectively sing. It takes humility to be an alto, a tenor, or a bass, but also a diligent ear to hear the melody and blend one’s voice with the whole choir without overpowering anyone else.
As Christians, how do we sound to the world around us? Yes, there are bound to be some discordant voices at times, as we all learn to hear within ourselves the true, strong voice that our Father has given us and to blend that voice with our brothers and sisters, but what a beautiful, inspiring song that can be to a listening world!
Here is a song to which I learned to harmonize. May it be a prayer for this day, as well: Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me; Let there be peace on earth, the way it was meant to be, With God as our Father, brothers all are we. Let me walk with my brother, in perfect harmony. Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now, With every step I take, may this be my solemn vow, To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally, Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me!
Throughout This Day: Ask God to show you what your true voice is and humbly agree with God to sing that part with all of your heart, supporting all of the other voices in such a way that God is glorified!
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