Where do you look when she’s lost her voice?

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It has been a quiet week at the par­son­age. Far qui­eter than usual. I can­not re­mem­ber a time when it was qui­eter. If si­lence is golden, the week glowed with a yel­low bril­liance.

Have you ever no­ticed when you lose some­thing, it is al­ways in the last place you look? I could save a lot of time, not to men­tion en­ergy, if I would look for that lost item in the last place first.

Back to the sounds of si­lence in the par­son­age.

When the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age awoke from her beauty sleep on Mon­day morn­ing, she dis­cov­ered some­time dur­ing the night she lost her voice. It was a strange sen­sa­tion that bears re­peat­ing — of­ten.

At first, I thought I lost my hear­ing. I am not ac­cus­tomed to start­ing the day with such si­lence. I could see my Beloved’s lips mov­ing, but noth­ing reached my ears.

I must con­fess that there have been times when I feigned not hear­ing her, but this time I re­ally could not hear a word she said. Im­me­di­ately I plunged a fin­ger in each ear to check for any for­eign cor­re­spon­dent.

My fin­gers re­ported noth­ing. I must ad­mit that clean ears are a nov­elty for me. God gave me such large ears at­tract­ing all sorts of stuff.

My ears pro­duce enough wax each week to take care of 17 Rolls Royces. The strange thing was, I had just waxed my car the Satur­day be­fore.

With noth­ing in my ears — or be­tween them, for that mat­ter — I could not ex­plain this sud­den si­lence of my Lit­tle Lamb.

I am the kind of per­son who tries to find good in every­thing. Some cir­cum­stances se­verely try my ef­forts in this en­deavor, but, be­lieve it or not, I was able to find some good about this lit­tle in­ci­dent in our par­son­age.

The good news was my wife had lost her voice; the bad news, how­ever, she in­sisted that I look for it.

Have you ever tried look­ing for some­thing you hoped you would not find?

Through the years, I have en­gaged in many things my heart was not to­tally in full sym­pa­thy with.

Such things as Christ­mas shop­ping with my wife at the mall; go­ing to a wed­ding re­cep­tion for some fam­ily mem­ber; at­tend­ing the Christ­mas play by first graders at the ele­men­tary school.

All these ac­tiv­i­ties are good in and of them­selves; if only they would merely keep them­selves to them­selves, it would not irate my­self so much. As a du­ti­ful hus­band and fa­ther, I bol­ster up both chins and go for­ward.

Be­ing the con­sid­er­ate soul that I am, I sub­mis­sively went through the mo­tions of look­ing for the lost voice. (I did have my fin­gers crossed.)

My prob­lem was: where do you be­gin look­ing for a lost voice? In my life­time, I have looked for many lost items. My car keys, my wal­let (es­pe­cially when the check at the restau­rant is due), and my mind, which I have yet to find.

How­ever, where does a voice go when it turns up miss­ing?

I be­gan my search un­der the sofa and found a set of car keys I lost seven months ago and my check­book that I looked ev­ery­where for and fi­nally had to close the ac­count and start over again, but no voice.

I spent a few mo­ments med­i­tat­ing in the garage, but did not find or hear the voice of my Beloved.

I looked in the re­frig­er­a­tor — paus­ing for a small snack without fear of re­mon­stra­tion from you know who. Of course, I may have been re­mon­strated, but I did not hear a thing.

You must ad­mit that search­ing is stren­u­ous work de­mand­ing re­fresh­ment to keep up my strength.

Now, where do voices go when they are lost? Is there such a thing as a Miss­ing Voice Bureau? In ad­di­tion, how long does a voice have to be miss­ing be­fore you can re­port it to the MVP?

When you do make out a re­port, how long does it sit on some­one’s desk be­fore there is a con­gres­sional in­quiry into the mat­ter?

The cri­sis came to a head — ac­tu­ally, it was my head — on Thurs­day morn­ing. At the break­fast ta­ble, I could tell my wife was a lit­tle ir­ri­tated at some­thing, or some­one.

Glar­ing across her ce­real bowl, I could read her lips, and be­lieve me; she was not whis­per­ing sweet noth­ings in my ear.

I just did not know what to do. Hon­estly, I had looked ev­ery­where for her voice and never did find it. By Thurs­day evening, the nov­elty of the si­lence be­gan to get old.

It is rather dif­fi­cult to ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cate when one has lost her voice. Un­be­liev­ably, I was be­gin­ning to miss hear­ing that voice, but I did not know what to do about it.

As mys­te­ri­ously as it left, by Fri­day morn­ing the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age found her voice. Within three hours, she more than made up for the sev­eral days of not speak­ing.

Ac­tu­ally, I was glad to hear her voice once again.

I thought of a scrip­ture that made a lit­tle more sense to me. Je­sus once said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they fol­low me: And I give unto them eter­nal life; and they shall never per­ish, nei­ther shall any man pluck them out of my hand” (John 10:27-28).

Noth­ing is more won­der­ful than hear­ing the voice of the one you love.

Dr. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­der2@att.net. The church web­site is www. whatafel­low­ship.com.

CENTREVILLE — New Life Com­mu­nity United Methodist Church will cel­e­brate Women’s Day at 3:30 p.m. Sun­day, May 28.

The guest preacher will be the Rev. Monique Davis of Trin­ity AME Church, Ridgely. Music by Friends in Faith.

The Rev. Wil­liam A. Ross Sr. is pas­tor. For in­for­ma­tion, call 410-758-2186.

GRA­SONVILLE — Bryans United Methodist Church in Gra­sonville will ob­serve Fam­ily and Friends Day at 3:30 p.m. Sun­day, May 28.

The guest speaker will be Bishop Robert Pritch­ett with the choir and con­gre­ga­tion from Faith Unity Fel­low­ship Min­istries in Church Hill.

All are wel­come. The Rev. Clarence A. Way­man is pas­tor.

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The theme is: “Trans­form­ing Power of the Holy Spirit: to See … to Hear … to Do!” Apos­tle An­thony Har­rell will speak at 7:30 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 410-758-4370.

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