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Night Song

Paul McCartney wrote of a blackbird singing in the dead of night;

Paul, the apostle sang with Silas in jail at night and

Saul got a song from David in his troubles.

“…I sing because I’m free, His eye is on this sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

Have you ever sung a song in a dark time?

“The whip-poor-will is a nocturnal bird. This means it wakes at night and sleeps during the day. It sings loudly at dusk.”

“Thrushes are famous for their singing ability, but many people who appreciate bird song consider the hermit thrush to have the best song of all birds. It often sings in the late evening or at night.”

“In cities, birds sometimes sing at night during the breeding season. …This was possibly because the birds confused the high levels of artificial light with sunrise. Other research in the UK on European robins showed a connection between urban noise pollution and night singing…”

The world is noisy and filled with much artificial light.

We long for solace, pine away for some peace, cry for quiet, beg for country-fresh air.

When these remain amiss we might try bringing some softening into our severely botched up environment; some friendly confines, some hopeful thoughts. We might sing a song though we can’t sing well. Who cares? We’re beat up. Make a joyful noise!

 Rae Nyx, Vocal Coach, makes some observations about singing.

“Here are the six main aspects to think about or to bring up to your own vocal coach:

  1. Breathing
  2. Pitch
  3. Tone – Your tone is the unique sound of your voice. Whether it’s raspy or pure or a certain twang.
  4. Vowel Placement – There are different places to “put” a vowel when singing the note.
  5. Phrasing – Phrasing is how you make the notes move with the music, using breath and dynamics. Where you breathe, and how loud and soft you are.
  6. Passion – If you don’t feel the emotion, then what’s the point in having lyrics.  mediatech

With much involved, singing requires a concerted effort.

Experts say there are health benefits in singing:

Physical Benefits

  1. Singing strengthens the immune system.
  2. Singing is a workout– some even believe that singing can increase your aerobic capacity and stamina.
  3. Singing improves your posture.
  4. Singing helps with sleep– experts believe singing can help strengthen throat and palate muscles, which helps stop snoring and sleep apnea.

Psychological and Emotional Benefits

  1. Singing is a natural anti-depressant–Singing is known to release endorphins the feel-good brain chemical that makes you feel uplifted and happy.
  2. Singing lowers stress levels  Singing releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone called cortisol in your blood stream.
  3. Singing improves mental alertness — Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allow more oxygen to reach the brain.

              Also Social Benefits

  1. Singing can widen your circle of friends.
  2. Singing boosts your confidence.
  3. Singing broadens communication skills– According to an article in The Guardian singing to babies helps prepare their brains for language.
  4. Singing increases your ability to appreciate accomplished singers.  takelessons

So, in Heaven,

Revelation 15:3  tells us this: “And they sing the song of Moses.”

Revelation 5:9 goes on, “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.”

Friends, we sing, (make a noise), because we long for heaven.

Romans 8:23 says, “And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering…”

Finally, as birds singing in the night, we can bring some of heaven close, He sings with us and so do the angels. We can learn to fly.  love ya 

Tom Sliva

Tom Sliva

Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Pastor Sliva went to Bible college in Massachusetts at the Stevens School of the Bible in !982. He and his family moved to Baltimore in1987 to be a part of Greater Grace World Outreach. From there, he served in Prescott, Arizona, and Indianapolis, Ind. Ordained upon his return to Baltimore in 1995, Pastor Sliva was afflicted with brain cysts in the late 90's and stayed at home base until his recovery in 2002. He then assisted with ministries in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before resettling in Baltimore due to his son's sudden illness and death. Pastor Sliva is a colon cancer survivor. He has been part of the Pastoral Care Team since 2008 and leads the Grief Share group at Greater Grace Church. Read more from Pastor Sliva on his blog Healing at the Cross.
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