“Like a Sick Cat”

Once when we were little (probably 6 and 9 years old or so), Eric and I were in church with Grammaw Daves and Pop. We were singing and singing, as our Minster of Music led the congregation in hymn after hymn at the beginning of the service. My little brother, Eric, who was known in our family for saying whatever crossed his mind looked up at Grammaw Daves and said, “Grammaw, you sound like a sick cat!” Without missing a beat, Grammaw said, “The Bible tells me to ‘make a joyful noise to the Lord,’ it doesn’t say it has to sound good.” With that she continued singing and so did we.

Why this is on my mind this morning, I’m not sure. I’m home with what seems to be the flu (despite taking the flu shot), taking care of Hunter (who has flu confirmed by testing), bottle feeding unexpected orphaned lab puppies (which I believe to be more complicated than taking care of a newborn baby) and thinking of all the many things that I need to be doing everywhere but here (not that there is any shortage of stuff I could do here). Despite all of that, the words of one of the songs that we sang Sunday night at our cantata keeps replaying in my head. “Your Name above all others, High and Exalted. Your Kingdom will reign forever, High and Exalted. To You the nations bow down, To You creation Cries out… Majesty, You are… Majesty!”

O that we would always have a song of praise in our hearts! Even when life throws us for a loop or three at the same time… Thank You, Lord, for singing in my heart for me. Thank You for reminding me that all of this is temporary. Not only is it temporary in this life, it isn’t even a drop in the bucket of eternity, which thanks to the Lord Jesus I will spend in Heaven in Your Presence. And finally, thank You that I know that my Grammaw Daves is singing beautifully along with my brother and the host of saints (many of whom I have loved dearly on this earth) who have gone before me to worship You and cast crowns at Your Feet. Worthy is The Lamb!

Psalm 100 (KJV)

1 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Originally posted on Facebook December 16, 2014

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