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Published 6-13-11     The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Book of Psalms, Neil Diamond, John Michael Talbot, Joe Raposo, Jr., Maya Angelou, Leo Tolstoy


Dear Readers,

I've loved to sing since I can remember. I loved it so much, I
made a living performing for many years. But Multiple Sclerosis
has rendered my singing voice weak and thin. Muscles required
to sing exhaust quickly, so overall, it's quite impossible to sing
except for the brief spurts of church hymns and liturgy.
Depressing? Not really.

While the sounds of my voice are not so obviously beautiful any
more, they are even more heartfelt and honest, because they're
pretty much bereft of pride and ego. Now when I offer songs
of praise to the Lord, I allow Him to make them beautiful.

I've learned that praising God always sounds beautiful to
His sensitive ears, for they hear the melodies of our hearts!

- Lisa

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Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the king of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!

Psalm 47: 1, 5-7
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition


The human voice is the most important instrument at our disposal,
yet it is one of the most difficult to understand or define.
You either hear it, or you don't. It either moves you, or it
leaves you is more than just a is the soul itself.


Neil Diamond (1941 -    )
American singer/songwriter)


You may think that music can only be heard by the ear
or perceived by other sense organs. But music can be heard
in the spirit and the soul as well. Many mystics say that
God created all creation with music, for He is music itself.
But this spiritual music is much deeper than the kind
we think of in our in our world today.

The music of the spirit has to do with perfect balance and
harmony in all things. It is the perfect proportion of rhythm
and harmony, that originally flowed through all things, not
the least of which was the human being. It is still there
to some degree. Once we find it for ourselves, we see
it in all else as well. All is created anew.


From 'The Joy of Music Ministry,"
by John Michael Talbot
Resurrection Press, 2001

Hymnal in a pew

Sing, Sing a song,
Sing out loud,
Sing out strong,
Sing of good things, not bad,
Sing of happy, not sad.

Sing, Sing a song,
Make it simple,
To last your whole life long.
Don't worry that it's not good enough,
For anyone else to hear.
Sing, Sing a song.

Joe Raposo, Jr. (1937-1989)
American lyricist and composer



A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer,
it sings because it has a song.

Maya Angelou (1928 -    )
 Preeminent American poet


Sing to God a new song;
skillfully play with joyful chant.
For the Lord's word is true; all his works
are trustworthy. The Lord loves justice and
right and fills the earth with goodness.

Psalm 33: 3-5
New American Bible

The Last Word:

Music is the shorthand of emotion.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Russian author and playwright

























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

The squeaking of the pump sounds
as necessary as the music of the spheres.

Henry Thoreau (1817-1862)
American author, poet, essayist, Transcendentalist



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