What’s all the singing about?

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Hospitals can be terribly unpleasant paces. That’s why I’ve decided to try and write about something pleasant that happens here as well. Thus the scripture verses on the TV yesterday, and something else you will enjoy hearing about today.

After being here a few days, I suddenly noticed that every once in a while, the first eight bars of Brahms famous “Lullaby and Goodnight” play over the hospital speakers. You can hear it from anywhere. So I finally asked a nurse about it and she said, “Oh, that means a new baby has just been born!”

What a celebration. What a picture of hope in a place that can be hopeless for some.

But Brahms lullaby is one thing, the song of angels rejoicing is what happens every time someone is born again, and in this messy and painful world which often feels like its a hospital itself, that’s the most glorious song of all because it is the second birth; it is eternal. The first birth begins with rejoicing, but it eventually ends in death, sometimes sooner than later depending on where it took place. But the second birth, wherever it takes place, is forever. Imagine that song playing in heaven over and over again, and imagine all the rejoicing going on!

Pray that you might be a “midwife” to a new birth. Tell your story of God’s grace to someone whenever you can, and you will become an agent of grace turned outward. Be sure not to let the grace stop with you. Turn it outward to others.

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)

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6 Responses to What’s all the singing about?

  1. What an awesome way to celebrate in a hospital! Praying that my “song” and others’ songs will be as beautiful to someones ears.

  2. johnhaak says:

    You have a wonderful typo in the first line that you should NOT change. It might even have been an unintended truth to write “paces” when you meant “places” as they are both so true. These two/too are the ways of grace: expecting God to give us things deeper than we look and say things deeper than we know. Heal brother, as He is the Healer … and that is always more than a hospital or prayer meeting can do.

  3. Mark Seguin says:

    Another great Catch! I am still sometimes in amazement that there were Angels singing the day I gave my heart to the Christ and asked Him for His forgiveness of my many sins. And more times then not I find it absolutely dumbfounding that my God should die for me – It makes no sense!!! Yet soooo glad for it…
    PS Pls whisper some prayers 4 the Holy Spirit’s guidance for me to know when or when not to share the Gospel of Welcome to my Muslim, non-believing and Jewish friends – I think they all know I love, care and have respect 4 for them – no matter how they believed or worship – I love them as fellow human beings.. ❤

  4. lwwarfel says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for the positive spin. As believers, we have a job to do so that song will keep playing in heaven.

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