With One Voice
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With One Voice
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Some of you may sing in a children’s choir. It is a joy to sing and especially to sing with others. It is also a joy for an audience to hear a choir singing. To be a member of a choir you must be willing to put aside your ideas for how a song is to be sung and work with the choir director to get a good result. If you decided to sing the words you want to sing, when you want to sing them, the result would not be harmonious or pleasant.
Not one of us has a voice that sounds exactly the same as another voice. Your brother or sister’s voice is different from yours. Some adults have very deep voices and others are able to sing high notes. It is exactly those differences that create beautiful harmonies when voices are blended together as a choir. Each choir member has a unique voice that is used with other voices to create harmony and produce a song that is a joy for others to hear.
In the Bible the Apostle Paul gives us advice about how to live as a Christian who builds up others and glorifies God. He says, “Now the God of patience and of encouragement grant you to be of the same mind (in harmony with) one with another according to Christ Jesus” (15:5) so “that with one accord you may with one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (15:6).
We are asked to use our different talents and abilities to create harmony within our church, always asking God for direction. As we work together, just like a choir, we can become a church family that brings joy to its members and also to others who see and hear the good result.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan