Music got me through the loneliest time of my life when I was a young wife and mother. My husband, Larry, was assigned to a U.S. Air Force base in Japan, so we left behind family and friends and moved across the Pacific Ocean with our firstborn, Butch, who was just a toddler. For the first four months we lived in a few tiny rooms in a Quonset hut.
But nothing prepared me for the isolation I’d feel as the only black woman on base in a foreign country. On days when the loneliness became almost unbearable, I would go to the base chapel, which was open twenty-four hours a day. I’d slip inside the empty chapel, go straight to the piano, and begin to play hymns and sing. By the time I left an hour or so later, I felt revived. I have often wondered what I would have done without the hymns and scripture to comfort me then and countless other times.
—Lucimarian Roberts, My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his suffering ones.
—Isaiah 49:13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, this week we thank you for mothers and other people who have shown us the value of faith and singing songs of praise to you. Help us to pass on the lessons they have taught us and to demonstrate grace toward others. Amen.
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