I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath! May he be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for he is the source of all my joy. Psalm 104:33-34 (TLB)
Remember what Christ taught and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise; teach them to each other and sing them out in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to the Lord with thankful hearts. Colossians 3:16 (TLB)
When Ron L. Keller moved into an assisted-living facility, with his wife, their minds were alert and active, but their bodies were less than strong. As they settled in, Ron realized that his ability to think, converse, and lead others was well ahead of many of the other residents. In talking with them, Ron learned that many were experiencing sadness, even depression. So Ron thought he would offer encouragement, even in small ways.
Ron decided to lead an occasional songfest after dinner. The first night, more than 30 people showed up! Ron used a songbook he had saved from his elementary school years and made copies of the words of some of the songs for everyone. A young man who was an excellent pianist came to accompany them. Through the songs Ron chose he tried to reveal the presence of God's Spirit. It worked! The response was positive, so Ron decided to keep on singing with them. Singing can lift our spirits and point us toward God.
Since writing this devotional, Ron has passed away, but music still goes on. It can bring peace and comfort to our souls. So keep singing!!
Prayer: O God, keep us singing so that we sense your Holy spirit bringing us encouragement and hope, in Jesus' name, amen.