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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: Music of A Mother's Voice
By Tiffany Secula
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Every night in our home the bedtime routine is the same: prayer, story, then songs. Our little night time ritual has been the same for some time. While many nights I do tire of reading one of the same two stories my son asks for, I never grow weary of singing to my children.
For the past few months the most requested song from my oldest son has been “Amazing Grace.” In times past this had been a favorite of mine for its beautiful lyrics and important message, however the memories it now invokes make me cherish it even more. As we sat in church one Sunday night I realized how important it had been to repeat the song night after night. Pride filled my eyes with tears as I watched my three year old stand before the congregation and lead them through that precious song. It was music to my heart, as well as my ears.
My baby boy can not yet ask for particular songs, so as we rock I pass through a myriad of Sunday school classics I hope he will learn to recognize. Then there are the nights when he refuses to sleep. As he cries, I pace the floor and sing out, letting the music in my voice come through and slowly calm him to sleep.
There have been other days when the car ride home has lingered far too long and my boys have become restless and cranky. Since it is impossible to explain to a baby, “Just a few more minutes,” I have found music is the only way to pass the time. As we turn the radio off and I begin to sing I am awed that moments later all is calm. It is a wonderful thing that God gave the music of a mother's voice the ability to soothe an upset child.
From easing a child that has woke up with bad dreams or crying over a skinned knee, this special music has wondrous capabilities. It is even a creative teaching tool. So many wonderful lessons are taught in the songs we sing together. My baby learned to clap his hands along with “If Your Happy and You Know It.” My big boy is learning the books of the new testament through our singing them together.
I know eventually there will come a day when they will be too big for mommy to sing them to sleep at bedtime. I pray that time is far off and God grants me many more nights to share this music with my boys. For now I cherish every chance I get when they want me to sing to them. I hope during these times I can instill in them a deep love of music, so as they grow we can share in the wonderful music of singing with our hearts and souls to the Father above.
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