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How Can I Keep From Singing?


Sermon Notes from the message
inspired by Colossians 3:12-17
“How Can I Keep from Singing?”
Delivered by Rev. Steve Hundley
today in McAllister, Montana
at our
Little White Church in the Meadow

McAllister Church

Why did God create this world?
We’ve given Him nothing but trouble.
It was enough that He created Adam,
Then the trouble seemed to double!

But Adam alone could not sing
In God’s perfect harmony.
He needed Eve and crickets, too.
Needed birds and waterfalls, and me!

Nature is awash with lovely sound –
Whipporwill and tree frogs sing.
I hear coyotes howling in the dark.
God made lovely sounds in everything.

God must have needed all those notes
From all Creation as they raise
Their voices in glory to Him.
He created us all to give Him praise.

If we don’t sing, we’re as good as dead!
Throughout history songs are recorded.
“Hallelujah” sang the angels on high.
We can read the songs the Psalms reported.

However, when we destroy the habitat
Of animals who sing and swing in trees,
Or the homes of God’s loving people,
We silence songs such as these.

grayscale photo of people raising hands

Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

How can we keep from singing?
How can we assure the continued song?
We must keep God’s creation alive
And praise our Lord as we sing along.


Join the birds, crickets, Joey and Rory
In beautiful songs of praise and love.
Join hands and hearts and keep alive
The melodies from God above.


Our service in that little white church
was filled today with music and merriment.
Sing along with us as we have a great time
with “Daddy Sang Bass” (… Mama Sang Tenor).
Betcha can’t keep from singing!


Have a blessed rest of your Sunday…

woman playing ukulele

Keep on singin’ –
-ya hear?

See ya tomorrow.

Comments on: "How Can I Keep From Singing?" (11)

  1. Yes ma’am 🎵🎶

  2. I love your church! Yes, I am singing… Enjoyed your joyful and music-filled post..

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it, too. God bless you for visiting and taking the time to comment. Have a music-filled week!

  3. Jan, I can see you being choir director in that little country church , or even , the big one in town. I remember you had a lovely voice.

    • Thank you 😊 🎶 Directing is not my gift… and my soprano voice is more like deep alto these days. Nevertheless, I thank God that I can still raise my voice in praise! I will rejoice!! 🎶👍🏽

  4. As you know I looooove to sing! But please keep in your prayers those people like Denise who sang all their lives but can’t do anymore due to faulty old vocal cords. She truly misses it! She was asked to join in singing happy birthday at the retirement home and wasn’t able to. She felt terrible. Poor thing! I think perhaps it’s a good lesson to the rest of us. Use it or lose it. It’s a muscle. I went to a concert of Nana Mouskouri (Google her) with Denise. This woman gave an incredible performance and she was 80 years old! Sing every single day, peeps!!!

    • Yes, sing every single day! “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!” Thanks for your thoughtful response, DeDe. I certainly will keep Denise in prayer – and all those silenced singers who can only imagine. God bless her … and them! 🎶🥰

  5. Beautiful post. Johnny Cash is my all-time favourite

  6. Worshiping the Lord can take place anywhere. The intimate setting in the McAllister church had to bring out some special blessings. I enjoyed your poem, and these lines really reached out to me:

    How can we keep from singing?
    How can we assure the continued song?
    We must keep God’s creation alive
    And praise our Lord as we sing along.

    Thanks for sharing Jan.

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