Maria Shriver wrote about visiting her brother, Bobby, in her Sunday Paper. She said that her brother told her that when he awakened and heard her voice that it sounded like home.
How often has the sound of someone’s voice stirred pleasant memories in your mind?
I recall, fondly, the associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, reading scripture each Sunday…20 years ago. Her voice and the manner in which she read the scripture was often the highlight of the service, for me.
So many times my spirits have been lifted by a talented singer’s rendition of a song and I have been transported from feeling disconnected to feeling that I have a place in the plan.
‘And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:’ Revelations 14:2 KJV
We were sitting in Shryock Auditorium watching a Christmas Theatre production by a traveling company. Unknown to the audience…many of the performers had left the stage and were entering behind us from the auditoriums front foyer. The combination of the surprise entrance and one of the singers resonate bass voice…I recall to this day.
When I was a child, my mom would call out to me, to wake me in the morning, ‘hit the deck you rubberneck!’ She would smile, broadly, and I knew that it was time to arise.
When friends would stay overnight…she would awaken them with the same, unique, morning call…and the look on their faces was priceless.
When Aaron and Jonathon were young, I slept during the day due to working third shift. I can hear their voices, as they stood by the edge of my bed, as they debated if I was awake or not.
It is no surprise to me that the popular singer, Bob Dylan, received the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature for his iconic lyrics. The combination of his unique voice and the moving words of his songs is incredible.
‘A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.’ Proverbs 25:11 KJV
When I was in high school the wonderful old hymn, Amazing Grace, had been popularized by Judy Collins and it played on the school bus radio everyday that I rode it…for sometime. I was new in my christian walk…and that song encouraged me each school day.
When I talk with my brothers Brock and Bill…I hear my dad’s voice…and it feels like home.