Friday, September 23, 2011
Heaven's Newest Alto
Today my heart is sad and a little bit heavy. A friend from church who has been in declining health went to be with Jesus last night. While I am happy for her and I know that her body is now whole, I am sad for what we lost here on this earth. Carole was involved in the children's music ministry, playing piano for our children's choir when I was in it and we played handbells together. She was also in the adult choir and when I was invited to come sing with them as a teenager, she took me under her wing and she taught be how to sing alto. I was by far the youngest in the choir and I was a bit intimidated when I first joined, but she took care of me. I wasn't sure I could sing alto, but she told me I could and would turn and sing extra loud toward my ear so I could hear the part. In fact, she sat be between herself and her good friend, splitting the two of them up so that I could sit between the two strongest voices and learn. Before long, I did learn and it was such a joy to sing with them. She couldn't stand still when she sang and I loved that about her. She always sang with such enthusiasm. As we sat together, we developed a special bond that lasted for many years. I began to talk to her about things going on in my world. I told her about boys I liked, what was going on in school, and the like. She never treated me like I was some silly kid or acted like my teenage drama was insignificant. She always really listened to me and I loved that about her. She listened to the on again, off again high school drama with Hubby and offered advice. Years later when I told her we were going to be married she wasn't surprised. I'm pretty sure I got an "I told you so." As I sit here and I cry, I know these are selfish tears. I know that heaven has a new choir member and she's singin' alto. I can see her foot tapping and her body just a dancing as she sings. I just miss those special times we had together and I am so blessed that she has been such a special part of my life.