July is a month for me to celebrate!
First, it’s my birthday, July 5th. You don’t have to guess. I’ll tell you. I’m 72!
Second one is a special celebration. It’s my spiritual birthday, which occurred when I was eleven years old in July of 1957 at Billy Graham’s crusade in New York City. Yup, 61 years ago.
Third one is Mr. M’s and my anniversary. This year, it’s year number 52! Yay!
And the last one? It’s my blog’s 8th birthday. A special thank you to all you subscribers.
In our family, we gather together every couple of months to celebrate whoever has a birthday. In a couple of days, we will get together to celebrate our youngest granddaughter’s and my birthday. Hers was a couple of weeks ago.
How’s it sound when your family gathers for someone’s birthday and sings Happy Birthday?
Bet it doesn’t sound like ours!
Years ago, we gathered together for someone’s birthday and started to sing. For some unknown reason, the birthday song became, uh, well, a hilarious sound that would tickle the most disagreeable funny bone!
Someone started singing in their own key at the same time someone else started in their own key and, from there, it exploded! Everyone chose their own key, singing every note off-key and at their own tempo.
We made a racket, but it was so much fun. No one felt like they had to have a good voice. They just sang! And it stuck! But sometimes, it’s REALLY bad.
Angels in heaven must have their hands over their ears every time we sing Happy Birthday!
When we have first-time newcomers to the family or visitors at these gatherings, their ears are blasted with our crazy rendition. We’ve been singing this great and horrible birthday song for years now. Itt brings lots of laughter. And lots of p-u’s.
Aren’t we supposed to make a joyful noise? Actually, joyful noise means to split the ears with sound. Well, that’s us!
But what if there was no music? I stole this from a post I did last year. I had to add part of it here…
What would life be like without the music?
Life with no music? No whistling fathers, hard at work? No mothers singing lullabies to their babies? No one singing in the shower or to the radio in the car? No singing Happy Birthday? No church choirs and no pews filled with praisers? What is life without the music?
However, the music of life, of creation, is more than that. It surrounds us everywhere. David sang, “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” (Ps. 69:34 NKJV) …
The music is not only around you, but it’s in you as well. The music of heaven! The sweet sounds of harmony reside in a heart fine-tuned to the vibrations of heaven. Unleashed in the songs of triumph sung out of tribulation. In the praises of thanksgiving sung out of rescue and deliverance. In the sounds of rejoicing out of answers to prayer.
I’d love to post the words to a song here, but that’s a no-no. So, this is better. Wanna smile? This will make your day, and the song will be stuck in your head…but you’ll thank me!
Don’t let your life be without music, without the songs of praise to the One you love the most. Sing, even if you just make a joyful noise inside your head!
“Oh, that we might sing morning and evening, and let song touch song all the way through.” ~unknown
What is life…without the music? *
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,
all the earth: make a loud noise,
and rejoice, and sing praise.”
(Ps. 98:4 KJV)
Blessings of joyful sounds to you…Lynn