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Evening Update


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, “, get off of my cloud!” Daughter would say, “Will you...” and I would interrupt, “ 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, “ 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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