Your Voice

Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

This past week was a little tough. Some experienced issues that placed them in the hospital while others had loved ones that passed. I recognize that regardless of what took place it makes it difficult for them.

For the most part things went well for me. I did everything that Vicki told me to do and tried to stay out of trouble as best I could. It wasn’t always easy, but I did it -- I think. Yet something did come up that caused an issue for me.

My voice started going on Friday. It wasn’t bad at first, but by Saturday things had gotten pretty tough. I had a cough that I was taking meds for but it seemed to hang on. Of course, with the incoming front I was concerned about how things were going.

By the time I went to bed on Saturday night my voice was weak, my throat was a little sore and the cough was annoying. I wasn’t sure what things would be like for Sunday morning let alone what it would be for Sunday evening.

In the early part of Sunday morning I tried to talk quietly and in a way that allowed my vocal cords to rest. I’m not sure how well everyone heard me, but I was able to make it through the message on Sunday morning. But Sunday evening was a different story.

I had planned to do a dramatic monologue on Sunday evening and play the part of Joseph. I determined that coughing through it would not be good, so we went a different direction. I was a little bothered by the fact that I didn’t get to do it, but I just couldn’t convince myself that Joseph got a cough because of the sawdust.

Anyway, as I thought about the cough and problems with my voice, I realized that it has to do with sickness and the fact that our bodies are not able to fight off so many of the ‘bugs’ that can impact our lives especially during the winter months. I don’t like being sick and I definitely don’t like not being able to preach.

God has called me to proclaim the truths of His Word and I have sought to do that from the beginning. Yet there are times when I have not been able to do it because of some health issue but mainly not having a voice to do so. Whenever I get sick and lose my voice, I feel that I am not complete.

Of course, losing your voice can cause issues that we are never prepared for in life. But when you fulfill your call in life by using your voice it is truly difficult. It is something that I have found is difficult to say the least.

In Matt. 3:1-3 it says -- 1 Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, saying, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3 For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet (Isa. 40:30) when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make ready the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight!’”

We know that John the Baptist was that voice of God who shared concerning the coming of Jesus Christ. He had been happy about Jesus coming since Mary came to see his mother (Lk. 1:44). Now he was proclaiming that Good News to all who would listen. He was using his voice to share that news.

The truth is that God has given each of His children a voice to share the Good News with those they meet. This time of Christmas opens the door of opportunity so that we can share the Good News even more. Sure, you might have a sore throat or even find that you don’t have much of a voice, but you can still share that Good News.

So this Christmas, and in all the days to come, let your voice share Christ with those you meet.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul