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2nd Mezzo

Our church is arranging a choir for Easter Sunday and asked for volunteers to sing on this special occasion. When I discovered our granddaughter and daughter had signed up, I signed up too, although it has been a very long time since I last sang in a choir. At least I would have transport to the rehearsals.

Even choir arranging benefits from technology. We were asked to record ourselves singing an octave of do-re-mi on our cell phones and send it via WhatsApp to our director. She determined what voice we would sing. We have 1st sopranos, 2nd sopranos, 1st mezzos, 2nd mezzos, tenors and a baritone. I am a 2nd mezzo. We were sent recordings of the different parts for five songs. I feel quite overwhelmed. We are asked to memorise our parts by our first rehearsal.

How things have changed! No more sheets of music with the words and notes above them. Not that I could ever read music, mind you, but I could at least see whether the notes were long or short and whether they went up or down and I managed quite well.

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One thing hasn’t changed, however. The parts for lower female voices are at times very boring, sometimes all on one note! However, when put together with the whole choir, magic happens.

That is something like the Body of Christ. We are all different. We all have different roles. Some of our roles might seem boring on their own, but when put together with the rest of God’s family, magic happens.

Choir members have to listen to each other, keep pace with each other. Nothing sounds worse than a choir that has lost its timing and everybody sings at their own pace. We also need to consider one another. If the mezzos out-sing the sopranos to show what good voices they have, the result is unbalanced and displeasing. It is time to put away personal ambitions and work together for the good of all.

The Body Song from Kid’s Praise 3 expresses this perfectly. It is based on 1 Corinthians 12:27. “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.”

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5)

My Prayer

Lord Jesus, in the choir, may I learn my part diligently, perform it to Your glory, listening carefully to the other parts. In my life may I know the part You have assigned to me, may I perform it to Your glory and co-operate gracefully with the other members of Your Body. Amen.

Fingers

I fell in church last week and damaged the ring finger of my left hand. i didn’t think it was broken. As soon as I got home I applied a cold compress then later I immobilized it by bandaging it to my middle finger.

“Lucky it’s not your right hand,” everybody says. And they are right. I would be much worse off if it were my right hand. But it’s only my left, the less important one. Moreover, it’s not like it’s an important finger either. A ring finger is only good for putting rings on, after all. Don’t you hate it when you get labelled and categorized by that label?

That’s another thing. Wearing a ring on a damaged finger is a problem. It took me ten minutes or more to give a thought to the fact that my finger might swell and I should get my ring off. It was too late. My finger did swell and the purple moved down but I made sure every day that my ring could swivel.

This whole experience has given me a different view of my fingers. They work together, like a well-oiled machine. Inactivate one gear or cog and the machine no longer functions correctly. Just try eating while holding your fork with a thumb and index finger! It seems to me that the ring finger is more useful than the middle finger although our hand can’t function well without all our finger supporting and helping each other. Some people have to, but it requires a lot of time and therapy relearning, practicing and strengthening.

The Bible says, “God has put the body together, giving greater honor to those parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Cor 12:24b-27 NIV)

No matter how insignificant and unimportant we may feel, we are all part of Christ’s body and if we hurt, the whole body suffers. God is constantly aware of every one of us and we can trust Him to take care of us.

This post is part of Streams of Consciousness Saturday. The word for today is “different.”

I am a red blood cell in the Bride of Christ

1 Cor 12:27 says,”Now you are the body of Christ and each one of you is a part of it,” Elsewhere the bible says that the Church is the Bride of Christ. (2Cor 11:2, Eph 5:24, Rev 19:7-9 and 21:1-2)

On thinking about this and the whole diversity of the body of Christ, I have decided I am a red blood cell. I am not an external part, like the skin or hair which are obvious to the world and portray the beauty of the body,

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I am not an eye  with the gift of prophesy, nor an ear, like those who hear clearly the word of God. I am not a mouth like evangelists and preachers and Christian authors nor even a nerve cell like those who pass on the message.

I am like so many of my brother and sister red blood cells, a carrier of oxygen. That is my function and my calling. I need to carry encouragement to those who need it, one little parcel at a time and be prepared to give it up to them and then go back to the source for more. If I can do just that, I will fulfill my purpose. I might never be noticed, never be appreciated, never become famous or even well known in my church; but I will have done my small bit to keep the body alive.

Prayer: Lord please help me to be faithful in what you have called me to do, not to compare myself to other parts of the body nor  to look down on those who are different to me in looks, culture or calling.

For Discussion: What part of the body or kind of cell do you see yourself as? Please give feedback.