The songs of those who love Him

Renee Ann Smith —  March 10, 2014 — 5 Comments

Amy Carmichael with children2 thumb

Poet and missionary Amy Carmichael spent years in India working to help the poor, widowed, and orphaned around her. Among her writings is a book called His Thoughts Said; His Father Said, which imagines conversations between a child of God and his Heavenly Father. In this excerpt the Son [Christian] can find no words with which to praise his Beloved [God]:

“The Son greatly wished to make a song of lovely things to sing to his Beloved–-but he could not find singing words.

He heard the voice of his Beloved saying, ‘You are walking on the road where all who love Me walk. Some of them walked this way singing, and they’ve left their songs behind them.

Find their songs. Sing their words. They will be your song to Me.””

Sing their words

We can celebrate the Songs of Those Who Love Him wherever we find them.

In great lives from the past. In the words of talented authors. In songs and hymns and spiritual songs. In the lives of inspiring people we meet online. In the lives of everyday folks we find next to us in the pew at church. In whatever is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and excellent.

And we can encourage each other to stay on the right path–-the Road Where All Who Love Him Walk.

I once read a great testimony but could not find the source. A certain hard-living artist/painter came to Christ late in his life. But the bad habits he’d formed over the years proved difficult to break. He often slipped from his resolutions and fell into his old ways.

His friends began to ridicule his attempts to share Christ with them. They questioned his Christianity and whether or not his faith was real. His reply went something like this:

“What if we’re all lost in the woods, searching for some way out of the labyrinth of trees and thorns and thickets, and I find the way that leads to safety, peace and happiness?

Whether I walk that road with vigor and purpose or stumble along it drunkenly,

It’s still the right road.”

Perhaps we’ve made bad choices that we cannot undo. Perhaps happy days have passed that we cannot recapture. Perhaps the way forward holds change and uncertainty. Or perhaps the way forward holds too much of the same old thing, and we’re losing our enthusiasm for enduring it.

Be encouraged, friends. If we’re following the Savior, it’s still the right road!

***I made this graphic with a photo from my account at RGB Stock Photos & tweaked it with PicMonkey. So feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share.

***This article is a repost from 2010.

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Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

5 responses to The songs of those who love Him

  1. I loved your graphic and I especially loved the inspiring thoughts.
    Blessings to you for this one~

  2. I love this. Sometimes when I don’t know how to pray, I just sing.

  3. I’m joining you for the first time from The Wise Woman Blog Hop. I recognized your photo from “Let the Little Children Come.” We are very drawn to anything by Amy Carmichael at our house. We were in South India, about two hours from Dohnavur, when we had our first child. Thank you for sharing this post. I haven’t read this book of hers. God Bless!

  4. I love Amy Carmichael, too. Visiting you from imperfect prose today.

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