Singing At Day's End

  • Oct. 18, 2018
  • #9514

Sing hymns and songs wherever you are, because people around you need to hear an encouraging word.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and aren’t you glad that Jesus paid it all?

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed in small”
Child of weakness, watch and pray
Find in me thine all in all.
Jesus paid it all, all to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain;
He washed it white as snow.

Oh, that is one of my favorite hymns to sing whenever I wheel up and down the long ramp that winds around our chapel here at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center. Every morning and evening when I wheel up that ramp to my office, or when I wheel down it to leave in the late afternoon, I love to sing a hymn. To me it just sounds nice echoing off the walls and ceiling of our large lobby, and because so many of my co-workers work in alcoves on the second floor near the ramp, it’s so nice to hear a couple of them always chime in with a little bit of harmony.

But the other evening when I was singing this hymn going down the ramp, all of a sudden I heard more than just one or two voices, I heard a whole chorus of voices. Nearing the chapel, I looked up and there, lining the glass railing on the second floor, were about six or seven co-workers of mine, all standing up singing along with me. It was so beautiful – kind of like a flash mob – you know? I never expected such a thing! And what was really cool is a couple of other co-workers getting out of the elevator on the lobby level to go home, when they came out of the elevator, they, too, paused and sang this hymn along with us. It was a moment, wow!

Psalm 134 tells us to lift up our hands and worship the Lord in the sanctuary. And I will add it sure is fun when you live in a Christian workplace where you can do that also, without fear, raise your voice in a spontaneous song of praise in the workplace. It’s what happens here at Joni and Friends, and it may account for why our co-workers always vote this ministry as a best Christian workplace every year. I don’t know, we just sing a lot!

Now I don’t know where you work (and it may well not be in a Christian organization); you could be working in your home, or you could be walking down the hallways of a college dorm; you could be standing at your kitchen sink, or waiting in line in the grocery store or pharmacy. May I encourage you to (if you dare, if you are brave enough) hum a hymn, or even sing it softly under your breath, because there are people around you listening (maybe some of them are Christians) who need a refreshing word; even those who do not follow Jesus, they need encouragement. It really can be theirs for a song, your song, and no better hymn is there to sing than this wonderful assurance that Jesus really has paid it all!

So, when I’m finished here, and later on in a couple of hours when I wheel down the ramp today, I think I’ll make this hymn the hymn I’ll sing: Jesus Paid it All. Hey, visit our Joni and Friends Facebook page would you and share this program or tweet it to spread the encouragement! God has granted us so great a salvation in Jesus Christ, and friend, it is truly something you have to sing about! God commands it! Sing a new song unto the Lord, He says and all you have to do is join us in the song at Again that’s Share this program with your Facebook friends.

Music: “Jesus Paid It All” Words by Elvina Hall, Music by John Grape, Public Domain

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