A Deeper Voice

One of my earliest memories is my mom singing to us.
Whenever we went to bed she would sit down next to us and read us a story or sing a song. Songs about the moon and God’s love for the world. Peaceful songs. I must admit that I forgot many of them as I grew older, which is sad when I don’t know the words to sing to my godson.

Our house was always full of music.
We all played different instruments and I guess it must have been quite painful for my parents to hear us practicing.
Something we never had to practice was singing.
My sister and I would just sing along to a CD and improvise harmonies.
Often times we would meet as a family in the evening to sing a few songs of worship.

Since then a lot of things have changed.
We have gotten older, we have moved out, we don’t have that much time to be together anymore. But whenever my sister and I gather, we make time to sing.
We pick a song we liked on the radio and just get started.
No practice, no rules, just singing.
Sometimes she leads, sometimes I invent something.
We improvise and create together.

And most of the time it sounds magical and we can’t believe this just came out of our mouths.
A creation we can’t just repeat.
A one-time opus we have to enjoy in the moment.

Singing is a way to connect on a different, maybe deeper, level.
It’s a way to express yourself without using a lot of words.

There’s music all around us.
The trees softly moving in the wind.
The birds joyfully welcoming a new day.
The lady next to me humming when she’s busy.
The ocean powerfully breaking wave after wave.
The sounds of our lives coming together.
Sounds that tell us: I am here. I see you. I hear you. Always.
All we have to do is listen.


Writing for Five Minute Friday today.

Author: Katha von Dessien

Teacher. Believer. Third Culture Kid. World Traveler. People Lover. Writer.

8 thoughts on “A Deeper Voice”

  1. This is so lovely to read. You had such a special gift with your sister to be able to make music together like that. May you cherish those memories that you have and I hope you get the chance to do it in the future too.

  2. So pretty. I love how you ended it with “the sounds of our lives coming together.” What a beautiful way to make our lives be a joyful noise unto our Lord!

  3. This: “Singing is a way to connect on a different, maybe deeper, level.
    It’s a way to express yourself without using a lot of words.” There is indeed music all around us. We just need to listen. I’m in the 49 spot this week.

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