Friday, January 12, 2007
The Father's Song To You
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. (Psalm 92:1)
Do you have a favorite song? Do you have favorite people you love to hear sing those songs? Do you have favorite songs you love to sing? Do you have moments you love to sing?
I am sure most of you had positive answers & some precious memories. I have found that when I have chores I am not so fond of such as dishes to wash or ironing to do that when I start singing songs to the Lord that the task is so much more enjoyable. I also find listening to praise music is so relaxing & before long I find myself & the family singing along with the music.
Whilst I was growing up my home was full of singing and some of my fondest memories are of my mother singing lullabies & songs to us during the day & on occasions at bedtime as a special treat my dad would sit on my bed and at my request sing one of my favorite songs. So it is no surprise that I also sang songs to my own children and hopefully they will continue to do the same when they have their own families.
I pray today stories will bless you and encourage you to sing out praises to Abba and those you are with. May you find a new song on your lips! To those of you who perhaps do not have special memories I pray the 'Fathers song' (see link below) will bless you and become your own precious song.
We should never allow our past mistakes to keep us from starting afresh and accomplishing every goal that God has placed within our hearts. We must see ourselves as redeemed and forgiven children of the Lord who were once lost, but now are found. Just because we fell short in the past does not mean we cannot succeed now and in the future to come.
We must remember what the Bible declares in Psalm 40:3 "And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord."
God is able to put a new song in our mouth leading us on the right path that leads to life and happiness in Him. Trust Him with your life because God is able to do extraordinary things with the most ordinary of people. (Psalm 51:8-13) (1 Peter 2:9-10) (Ephesians 3:20-21)
I hope this message speaks to your heart to never give up on yourself because a new beginning is available each day that you awake.
THEY ARE PLAYING YOUR SONG - Author: Alan Cohen
When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavour and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.
When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the childss song to him or her. Later, when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the childs song. When the child passes through the initiation to adulthood, the people again come together and sing. At the time of marriage, the person hears his or her song.
Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, the family and friends gather at the persons bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.
When I have shared this story in my lectures, a fair amount of people in the audience come to tears. There is something inside each of us that knows we have a song, and we wish those we love would recognize it and support us to sing it.
In some of my seminars I ask people to verbalize to a partner the one phrase they wish their parents had said to them as a child. Then the partner lovingly whispers it in their ear. This exercise goes very deep, and many significant insights start to click.
How we all long to be loved, acknowledged, and accepted for who we are!
In the African tribe there is one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child. If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the centre of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them. Then they sing their song to them. The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behaviour is not punishment; it is love and the remembrance of identity. When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.
A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it. Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.
If you do not give your song a voice, you will feel lost, alone, and confused. If you express it, you will come to life. We attract people on a similar wavelength so we can support each other to sing aloud. Sometimes we attract people who challenge us by telling us that we cannot or should not sing our song in public. Yet these people help us too, for they stimulate us to find greater courage to sing it.
You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not. When you feel good what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn't.
In the end, we should all recognize our song and sing it well. You may feel a little warble at the moment, but so have all the great singers. Just keep singing and you'll find your way home.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 43:18-19 "Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
Joshua 1:9 "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Psalm 28:6-8 "Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving strengthof His anointed."
Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
Used with permission: Dwayne Savaya Gods Work Ministry http://www.Godswork.org
Introducing a New Father's Song
In Zephaniah 3:17 the Bible says... The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. NIV Bible
Have you ever wondered what the Father's song sounds like?
I am pleased to share with you that Michael Mulroy from the UK has asked the same question and in response he has recently arranged and recorded a new 11 minute musical piece that features all of the words of the Father's Love Letter sung by Dan Shiells. If you want to listen or download the Father's Love Letter in song, go to www.fathersloveletter.com/song.html
Author: Barry Adams'Father's Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications Copyright 1999-2006' contact: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/