When Life Hands You Lemons: Sing a Song

Written by Dr. Potter’s wife Jennifer.

I’m going to date myself but somewhere in the recesses of my mind I have vague memories of songs by the Carpenters.  I think my parents listened to their music at one point in my childhood.  I still recall the  following lines:

 “Sing, sing a song. Make it simple to last your whole life long.  Don’t worry if it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear.  Just sing. Sing a song….”  “…. Sing for you and for me….”

The song seems innocent and has a catchy tune, I guess – especially if you “dig” that 70’s sound. 

But really, this is not about the Carpenters, memory lane, or the value of 70’s jingles floating through my brain.  This is about singing…. Singing even when your lips are puckered up from the latest slurp from that proverbial lemon. 

The Bible has much to say about singing.  Saints have written and sung songs of praise, songs of lament, songs of celebration, songs of love…..and on and on for ages now.  And It’s true. The Carpenter’s song did have at least one thing right.  We should sing.  I just think that maybe that little jingle of a song fails to direct the song in the right direction.  Only when the song is rightly directed are we truly singing a worthy song. 

So, without further comment.  I want to share just a portion of one my very favorite songs.  It is simple yet profound and never fails to comfort me as it directs my mind and fastens my thoughts upon that which really is MORE than good enough.

 “O the deep, deep love of Jesus,

Love of every, love the best!

‘Tis an ocean vast of blessing,

‘Tis a haven sweet of rest!

O the deep, deep love of Jesus,

            ‘Tis a heaven of heavens to me;

And it lifts me up to glory,

For it lifts me up to Thee!”

            Verse 3

            O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus!

            Samuel Trevor Francis, 1834-1925

So even if your dealing with a large pucker at the moment, consider singing… just chose your words wisely.

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