Years ago I was blessed to be involved in a music ministry with two precious women. Their voices were professional. Mine was mediocre. But they needed me — I played guitar and could harmonize.
Every Thursday, the three of us went to the hospital. We rode the elevator up to the long-term floor where many people had one foot in this life and one in the next.
The nurses were expecting us and usually had a list of patients for us to visit. I’d play my guitar and the three of us would sing. Some pretty amazing harmony came out of us, though we never practiced. We just wanted to bless these dear folks by singing songs to them about Jesus, and on occasion, have the privilege of ushering them into the arms of Jesus.
That’s what happened one day when we entered a room where a man with a sun-aged face lay, eyes shut, breathing heavily. His family was gathered around him and they assured us that he’d been in a coma for days and wouldn’t be able to appreciate our music. We offered to sing anyway—for them. They said they’d like that.
As we began to sing Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound that Saved a Wretch Like Me, the man in the coma opened his eyes, raised his head, and smiled a toothless grin at us. He mouthed the words as we sang, and with tears welling up in his eyes, he was with us for a good minute or two. Then he leaned back, took a deep breath, and began his life in the physical presence of His Lord.
We never forgot that day—the day we joined the angels in singing a man into heaven—the angelic choir on one side of the veil, and we on the other, with Jesus in both places. What a privilege it is to be His voice to those who need a fresh touch of His Amazing Grace.
- And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. For of His fullness we have all received grace upon grace. John 1:14, 16
- GIVE ME A HEART – Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth; Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity