There is Another World in Which to Sing
Today at mass, I heard a great message; one that I really needed to hear. It came from the homily and I just want to share it with you all today.
The priest finished his homily with a story. The story began with a little boy, named Paul, in a small town. His family was one of the first in the area to get a telephone. These telephones only allowed you to pick up, say “information”, and an operator would come on and answer your questions.
One day, the little boys parents were gone. He was no more than 4 years old. He was messing around with his father’s tools. All of a sudden, he hurt his thumb! He decided to pick up the phone and ask for information. A lady picked up. He told her that his thumb hurt. She said “grab a cube of ice and keep it on there”. After this, he would continuously call as often as he could. He would just ask her random questions; she would even help him study (as it was the same lady picking up every time). One day, his parakeet died. He called information; she picked up again. He asked “How could got create something so beautiful, that could sing so beautifully, then it just all of a sudden is a heap of feathers at the bottom of a cage.” She said “Perhaps because there is another world in which to sing.” For some reason, that touched him.
The time came for him to move away for college. On his summer vacation, he went home to that small town. He picked up the phone and it was the same lady! She was excited to hear from him. He told her that she had meant so much to his youth, his growing up. She told him right back that he meant a lot to her; she always looked forward to his phone calls. She then said, “You call whenever you want and ask for Sally.” The time came for him to go back to college.
He came home the following summer. As expected, he ran to the phone and called information. He noticed someone different had answered. He asked for ‘Sally’. The lady who had answered said, “Is this Paul? Sally said you might call. Unfortunately, she became sick about 5 moths ago. She passed away. But before passing away, she wanted me to tell you one thing; she said you would know what it meant. ‘There is another world in which to sing.’”
You might be asking me what the point of that story is. For some reason, that quote “There is another world in which to sing” really resonated in my heart. In our culture, we are so stuck on what the world is offering, about earthly things that have no heavenly value. We become addicted to how we look, how we dress, what we eat, what our “public” perception is. We never stop to ask ourselves “what is it that GOD desires from us at this very moment?”
GOD wants our hearts to sing for Him. GOD desires for us to surrender ourselves, let go of our problems, and simply run to Him. You don’t have to be perfect to be a follower of Christ. He takes the broken: just look at his apostles- they were all broken. GOD desires to take you from where you are and lift you up. He desires to wrap you in His mantle of love.
There will come a day where we will be with the angels in heaven. At that moment, we will be in a world where we will join the choirs of angels, joining in their angelic hymns, praising GOD the Father. Let your life-song sing here and now. Shout out your song of praise to Him. Exclaim it to the world that He is GOD, the Creator of the heavens, the Creator of all things. There is another world in which to sing. We will rejoice saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord GOD almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come (Rev 4:8).” We will cry out “Worthy are you, Lord our GOD, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things (Rev 4:11).” We will join the angels in exclaiming “Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power, and might be to our GOD forever and ever. Amen. (Rev 7:12).”