Inviting a Song


Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come–
~Chinese Proverb


photo by Harry Rodenberger


I regularly need reminding that what I offer up from my heart predicts what I will receive there.

If I’m grumbling and breaking like a dying vine instead of a vibrant green tree~~~
coming up empty and hollow with discouragement,
entangled in the cobwebs and mildew of worry,
only gobbling and grousing~~~
then no singing bird will come.

It is so much better to nurture the singers of joy and gladness with a heart budding green with grace and gratitude, anticipating and expectant.

My welcome mat is out and waiting.

The symphony can begin any time now…





4 thoughts on “Inviting a Song

  1. Prophetic, timely, food for my soul.
    I await the symphony. Already have purchased a ticket — front row seat of course.


  2. Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;
    Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, Opening to the sun above.
    Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, Drive the dark of doubt away;
    Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day.

    Each of Van Dyke’s verses is a treasure—and as v. 4 says:

    Mortals join the happy chorus Which the morning stars began,
    Father love is reigning o’er us, Brother love binds man to man.
    Ever singing, march we onward, Victors in the midst of strife,
    Joyful music leads us sunward In the triumph song of life.

    And He even gives us songs in the night–while we await the consummation of history~and the reality of eternal JOY!


  3. I love your posts. Thank you for your insight and gentle wisdom. The connection to God and the beautiful land you inhabit.


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