|For as long as I can remember I have sung. From an early age, my brother and I used to perform concerts for my mum and our neighbours. I’m not sure if my brother really wanted to perform? But as I was older than him, and the boss, he just had to get on with it. I sing all the time - when I’m working about the house, in the car, in the shower, and I am a member of a singing group that goes to the care homes in Dumfries. There is just something about watching the care home residents joining in with all the old songs of their day.
So, you can imagine how I was feeling when we were told we could not sing in our churches over the last 16 months. When we were able to have church services in between lockdowns, it was very difficult to sit and listen to the hymns instead of singing them. I must admit I did sing very softly to myself with my mask on. It was wonderful when the restrictions were lifted in my local area and we were able to sing in our churches, albeit, we still need to sing with our masks on.
Singing is more than just entertainment; it’s good for your body, mind and soul. It uplifts your mood, helps you relax, builds your confidence and exercises your lungs. I hear people saying “I can’t sing” but that’s not true. Most of us can sing - just some better than others.
In four readings in the Bible, we learn that Jesus also sang praises to the Lord. In Matthew (26: 30) and Mark (14: 26), we read about Jesus singing the Passover hymn before He went out to the Mount of Olives. In Hebrews (2: 12), we read: “He says I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters. In the assembly, I will sing your praises." And in Romans (15: 9): "Moreover, the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. Therefore, I will praise you among the Gentiles; I will sing praises of your name.”
All told, the Bible contains 400 references to singing, and 50 direct commands to sing. The longest book of the Bible, the Psalms, is a book of songs. In the New Testament, we are commanded not once but twice. In Ephesians (5: 19) we read: "Speak to one another in Psalms, hymns and songs; sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord", and also in Colossians (3: 16) we read the same: "Sing thankfully in your hearts to God." Even the prophet Zephaniah tells us that God also sang to His people (3: 17).
So, you see we can all sing and rejoice any day of the week. If you are having a bad day, just sing. God doesn’t tell just the good singers to sing, He tells all His people to sing. So, hopefully by the time we come to meet at our Guild meetings, at the National Council meetings, and at our Annual Gathering, we will all be able to sing and raise the roofs.
I’m sure we have all watched at some point Strictly Come Dancing on the television? And, at the end of every show, they finish by saying “keep dancing". Well my friends I am going to finish by saying “KEEP SINGING".
Andrea Houston, National Vice Convener.
We would love it if you would tell us what you have been singing this week and why.