"Then Sings My Soul"

Today I had the opportunity to visit with a very dear friend of mine in the nursing home where she now resides. My dear Sister Mary, who is around 87 years old, has been anxiously awaiting my CD and so today I took her a copy. She was so excited for me. She is a person who has loved to sing ever since I have known her. Though she is in a nursing home, she still joins the choir and sings every chance she gets and blesses all the people that she comes in contact with. Every time I see her our conversations always revolve around music and song. Even today, she was sharing with me a book she’s been reading “Then Sings My Soul” that explains the history behind many very popular hymns. She’s now reading Volume 3.

As we were visiting a nurse came in to take Sister Mary to her choir practice so I had the privilege to sit in and watch her and all of her friends sing some old time church songs. As one of the ladies began to sing “Something beautiful, something good, all my confusion He understood, all I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife, but He made something beautiful out of my life” – the tears just started rolling down her face and she was obviously taken back somewhere that brought back some tender memories.

They then started singing “In the Sweet Bye and Bye” and “I’m So Glad, Jesus Lifted Me” and then I was taken back to that old church where I first met Sister Mary. My very first memories of her are when she would get up on her walker and start leading the church in a March up and down the pews as we would sing “God’s got an army, they’re marching through this land, deliverance is their song and there’s healing in their hand!” And now here she is, some 20 years later, in a wheelchair singing her heart out for her Lord and Savior. Through every health problem she has had, she still sings! Though she hasn’t been able to attend church in over five years, she still sings! Whether she is at her own home in Watkins, Colorado or in a nursing home in Aurora, she still sings! Whether she can walk on her own two feet or is bound to a wheelchair, she still sings!

What joy it will be for her when she gets to Heaven and can sing for eternity! She truly lives that famous line “Then Sings My Soul” and I realized today, that is how I want to be. No matter where I am in my life – I want to always be singing!

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