Fresh Hope – 1st January 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Last year started off pretty normal for one of my wife’s best friends; they met each other many years ago at their first job in the civil service. They were both just 17.

Sarah (not her real name) and husband enjoy frequent skiing trips every year and have become very proficient on the slopes all over Europe.

Sadly, in the early part of last year, Sarah had a nasty skiing accident which left her with a fractured sternum amongst other things. Her life suddenly went onto hold as she struggled to even sit up and eat. As the months rolled by with little signs of improvement, she went for more extensive tests to try and find out why she could not breathe or speak normally without a great deal of pain.

What they found was quite shocking as the specialist revealed the severity of the accident had actually split her vocal chords. As she sat in our kitchen a few weeks ago, she told us all about her recovery process and what further operations she is likely to need this year. To her amazement she was told that the best thing for her healing was to sing. “Singing will bring the best healing to your vocal chords”, he told her.

As she now understands more fully the extent of her injuries and continues on the road to recovery, the last thing that she feels like doing and the last thing she feels able to do is sing. Yet singing is what must happen.

It struck me as she sat there, that the advice that she was given is exactly the advice that we all need when we feel broken and beaten down by life. We need to sing!

We don’t know what this new year will hold for any of us, but what we do know, is that singing is one of the greatest remedies for our woes.

In the Old Testament we find these words given to a barren woman…

Isaiah 54:1 ‘Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,’ says the Lord.

On the face of it, it seems like completely the wrong advice, but nevertheless is the best advice.
Singing is not just words and music but carries with it great spiritual significance.

Every wondered why a large portion of a church service is given over to worship? Well now you know.

The great thing about singing is that you can do it anywhere at anytime, and with it will come great breakthroughs in 2018.

The next time you’re battling through something in your everyday life, don’t go silent and clam up, start to SING.

Pastor Mark

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