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Faith

April 11, 2014

Verna Davis: Sing the praises of God or to annoy your children

When my children were young, I had a habit of annoying them. I didn’t do it on purpose, at least not in the beginning. Of course, their reaction was part of the fun, the eye-rolls, the shoulders hunched in embarrassment, their pretense of not knowing me. What did I do? I sang. A lot.

When one of them started to say something, I would jump in with a line from a song. Son would say, “Hey...” and I would sing, “...you, get off of my cloud!” Daughter would say, “Will you...” and I would interrupt, “...be there in my morning, will you be there in my night? Will you take whatever’s wrong and make it right?” They would roll their eyes and say, “Stop...” and I would follow with, “...in the name of love, before you break my heart. Think it oh-oh-ver. Think it oh-oh-ver.” In exasperation, they would chime in, “Hey, hey!” and I would break out in my favorite, “...Paula, I want to marry you some day!”

At one of my finest moments, I asked my son, Matt, to bring in the mail. He came back and said, “Here’s a letter and a bill.” I couldn’t help myself. I grabbed the bill and sang, “Bill, I love you so. I always will.” Matt just stood there while I sang the whole song. I even did a little dance as I finished. “Will you marry me, Bill? I’ve got the wedding bell blues. I’ve got the wedding bell blu-hoo-hoo-hoos!”

Nowadays, I sing less of The Fifth Dimension and more hymns and worship choruses that add spiritual dimension to my life. But every once in a while, the old onery-ness comes rearing its annoying head.

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