I love to sing, and I’ve been singing my whole life, except for about 18 months following a cervical spine surgery two years ago. Please click here to read my post about being Voiceless.
This summer, my husband and I are singing with a choral group at Centre College called simply Summer Singers. A fabulous group of people who get to sing together instead of teaching others to do it, or leading other choirs or working our day jobs. The director is the incomparable Barbara Hall, and I would follow her anywhere! I told her at the beginning of the summer that I reserved the right to drop out if my voice couldn’t hack it. And, praise God, I’m still singing!!
One of Barbara’s many gifts is her ability to choose music that appeals to audiences, as well as singers, from every genre and era, from Bach to the Beatles! But there is one piece we are preparing that is stuck in my head and in my ears and I don’t care if it’s there until God calls me home, because it makes me feel like I’m just outside the gates of heaven. It gives me a taste of what my voice could be like someday when it won’t matter any more.
1. Hark, I hear the harps eternal
Ringing on the farther shore,
As I near those swollen waters
With their deep and solemn roar.
2. And my soul, tho’ stain’d with sorrow,
Fading as the light of day,
Passes swiftly o’er those waters,
To the city far away.
3. Souls have cross’d before me, saintly,
To that land of perfect rest;
And I hear them singing faintly
In the mansions of the blest.
And the very best part is the refrain to each verse…
Hallelujah, praise the Lamb!
Glory to the great I AM!
When we finish this piece and the sound rings out and fades away… Well, it’s just the most incredible thing. I almost feel as though our risen Lord has come right into the middle of the concert hall and is standing with arms spread and a huge grin on His face.
This song makes me happy that God has seen fit to return my voice, and I will use it in whatever way He wants me to, for His glory.
Please listen to Alice Parker’s wonderful arrangement of Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal performed by the Reinhardt University Concert Choir conducted by Dr. Martha Shaw.