Rendered Speechless

Sunday found me in church singing songs of praise. Most are new to me. Great messages wrapped in catchy rhythms. Music that I’ve heard but I haven’t lived. But then a familiar note rang out. My heart caught.

I open my mouth to sing,

Amazing Grace!

and close my eyes to the room.

How sweet the sound,

This song feels like home to me.

That saved

And suddenly, I can’t go on.

A wretch like me.

Instead of breath, there is only a lump.

I once was lost,

My vision swims.

But now am found.

My soul is full of joy,

Was blind,

and sorrow,

But now I see.

and hope.

It is more than a song. It is the accompaniment for a slideshow of memories.

It is holding a heavy hymnal and turning to #330.

Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

It is a group of college kids gathered around a campfire.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares,
I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

It is joined voices rolling over and around the bed of a loved one.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures.

It is a lone bagpiper.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.

It is rocking my baby to sleep.

It is a reminder of how far He has brought me and how far He still wants to take me.

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4

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