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Faith Filled Friday: In Harmony with God

November 12, 2021

11/12/2021 by Connie Terpack

This Veterans Day, November 11, 2021, my friend and I sang at the Ware Shoals Senior Center. We rehearsed a number of patriotic songs so we had a 25-minute program.

Please keep in mind that this was a challenge for me. My singing voice is not as good as it used to be and I tire easily now. Debra, the other half of the duet, also is elderly and her voice falters at times. However, I think she does better than I do! Debra and I have sung together before, but it’s been a couple years.

Charles is a great singer and a fantastic harmonica player. He was going to help out with the music and join in on a couple songs. We practiced on Wednesday and were all set for Thursday.

Most of the songs were familiar except two, Where The Stars and Stripes and The Eagle Fly by Aaron Tippin and God Bless The USA by Lee Greenwood. I had never sung either one. To add to our difficulty we were singing without accompaniment on most of the songs except for a few starter notes from Charles.

He asked us about our starting notes and we had no idea. So, he listened to us sing and picked out the note that way. We had no music, just typed lyrics. Debra told Charles that I did not sing harmony. I was not sure what she meant by that, but did not take offense.

As luck would have it Charles was late and we had to start without him. The first song was My Country ‘tis of Thee. I did not know it had so many verses! I sang it standing, but had to sit for the rest. The audience joined in for the first and last verses.

Charles arrived shortly after we started singing, so we paused for him to get set up. I hit a lot of wrong notes and could not get high enough on some others. I did better on the new songs than I expected. Debra knew the tunes better than I did. We did seven or eight songs and even got an applause.

It was not until this morning that I realized I had forgotten to pray to the Lord for his help and reassurance. That surprised me. I’m always asking God to be with me and my friends. Why I didn’t that time is anybody’s guess. Maybe we would have done better if I had or maybe He helped us even though I forgot to ask him. I took time to thank God for his help and asked forgiveness for not including him in our adventure.

I looked up the definition of harmony because of Debra’s comment and the similarity of the word harmonica. The simplest definition was that, in music, harmony is the sound of two or more notes heard simultaneously. The harmony of the Gospels is the agreement of the four biblical Gospels. There is a harmony is our families when we are all getting along and not fighting or bickering.

Here are some Bible verses that relate to harmony. The word itself is not used, but the definition is.

Colossians 3:12-14; Romans 12:16; Philippians 2:2; Ephesians 4:31-32; Matthew 6:14-15; 1 Peter 3:8

Even though I’m a day late for the holiday, I would like to add my thanks to all who have served and worked hard to keep us free, no matter what country we live in.

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